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Infographic: Roku Survey Reveals….

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 17, 2017 by itnerd

Roku Streaming Day takes place on Saturday, May 20. Here’s an interesting infographic that offers insights into how consumers make streaming decisions, including who and what is the most influential when it comes to deciding what to watch.

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Source: Roku

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RCA joins Roku TV Licensing Program

Posted in Commentary with tags , on April 28, 2017 by itnerd

Roku, Inc. and the RCA brand, in conjunction with Display-Vu Corp. an affiliate of Curtis International Ltd., has announced that RCA,the iconic brand and long-time symbol of American ingenuity, is the latest brand to join the Roku TV licensing program. The RCA brand TVs will leverage the Roku TV platform to build and deliver smart TVs that run the Roku OS in the U.S. and Canada. The RCA Roku TVs will be available in the coming months, providing consumers with an easy-to-use smart TV including access to 5000 channels and 450,000 movies and TV episodes.

 

Building Strong and Simple Smart TVs

The Roku TV licensing programs offers partners an easy, efficient and cost-effective way to build smart TVs that consumers love to use. It allows TV companies to focus on building great TVs while Roku provides the operating system and takes responsibility for future software updates as well as onboarding new content.

The TVs feature an intuitive interface that puts streaming channels next to your other entertainment options such as antennas, cable boxes, gaming consoles or other devices making navigation simple. Innovative features save time and money, like fast and easy search across 300+ streaming channels to find movies and shows available for free with unbiased results ranked by price.

Roku TVs ship with a remote control. The free Roku mobile app turns iOS® or Android™ smartphones into remotes for voice search, private listening, access to a keyboard, the ability to share photos or music to the TV and much more.

Roku TV partners have seen incredible success growing their brands and market share, making Roku TV 1 out of every 8 smart TV purchases in the U.S. The first TVs will ship this summer.

BeIN Sports Connect Launches on Roku In Canada

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 22, 2017 by itnerd

beIN SPORTS CONNECT makes its Canadian debut on Roku streaming devices just in time for some of the biggest and most anticipated events in international sports, including UEFA Champions League playoff matches, El Clásico – the biggest match in club soccer featuring fierce football rivals Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, and the MotoGP US Grand Prix.

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Canadians with a Roku streaming player or Roku TV can add the beIN SPORTS CONNECT channel from the Sports category in the Roku Channel Store. BeIN Sports and Roku have also collaborated on a special retail offer for new Roku customers, who get a 60-day free pass to beIN SPORTS CONNECT with the purchase of a Roku streaming player or Roku TV.

Canadians with beIN SPORTS CONNECT have access to live action from the world’s leading sports leagues, tournaments and events. Highlights of beIN SPORTS CONNECT’s programming lineup include exclusive European football playoff coverage from the UEFA Europa League, La Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1, along with coverage of the Sky Bet League Championship, EFL Cup, Copa del Rey, Coupe de la Ligue, Coupe de France, Copa do Brasil, and Real Madrid TV.

beIN SPORTS CONNECT also delivers live coverage of college football, basketball, baseball, mixed martial arts, softball, women’s volleyball, and the best in motorsports with MotoGP, WorldSBK and MotoAmerica

Upcoming events on beIN SPORTS CONNECT include:

  • MotoGP US Grand Prix on Sunday, April 23 at 9 a.m. ET
  • El Clásico – Real Madrid vs. FC Barcelona on Sunday, April 23 at 2:45 p.m. ET

 

Roku Ends Year with 1 Billion Monthly Streaming Hours

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 2, 2017 by itnerd

Roku today announced that 13.4 million active accounts streamed a record 1 billion hours of video and music in December 2016 and that Roku customers streamed a total of 9 billion hours in all of 2016. According to Nielsen, in December 2016, Roku accounted for 48 percent of active streaming players in the U.S. For the full year of 2016, the company experienced record growth resulting in nearly $400 million dollars in revenue. The Media and Licensing segment which includes content consumption and promotion, licensing, and advertising sales on the platform exceeded $100 million in high-margin revenue in 2016.

Roku continues to outpace other steaming players and smart TVs and is on pace to become the most popular TV operating system in the U.S. Roku offers consumers a highly engaging collection of 4,500+ paid and free ad-supported video streaming channels including 450,000 movies and TV shows. According to IHS, in 2016, Roku TV models accounted for 13% of all smart TV sales in the U.S., only two years into the program.

Updated Roku Mobile App For iOS And Android Now Available

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 17, 2017 by itnerd

Today Roku is releasing the latest version (v4.0) of the popular Roku mobile app for iOS and Android devices that delivers a fresh new look and an exciting new feature! This update to the Roku mobile app has been designed to make your mobile device an ultimate streaming companion by giving you one-tap access to features that make streaming what you love fast and simple. Navigation to popular mobile features, including the remote control and search, is easier than ever. And starting today, you’ll be able to quickly browse a selection of great movies and TV shows that are available to stream by simply tapping the new “What’s On” tab.

The FREE Roku mobile app comes packed with useful features that are sure to make your phone a great addition to movie night. You can use it as a remote control, plug in headphones for private listening, search for movies, shows and more with a keyboard or your voice, and share your own videos, music, and photos to your TV.

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Here’s what’s new today on the Roku mobile app for iOS and Android devices: 

Simpler navigation and sleek new look

The new navigation bar found across the bottom of the Roku mobile app makes many of our most popular features more accessible. With just one tap you can view and launch your installed streaming channels, browse What’s On, use the remote or share photos and videos to your TV. In addition, a quick tap of the Roku Search icon located at the top of the “Channels” and “What’s On” tabs makes it easy to quickly find the entertainment you want to watch.

When you launch the Roku mobile app you’ll see a scrollable view of all of your streaming channels – now it just takes one tap to get to Netflix, Cineplex Store, or any other channel you have installed. Roku knows that getting to the channel you want is only the first half of streaming the content you want to watch. To make this transition easier and faster, once you launch a streaming channel the remote control will automatically appear on the app giving you a seamless experience to find the show you were looking for. Now you can quickly go from deciding where you want to watch to finding what you want to watch without additional taps.

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See What’s On

Never spend another minute wondering what to watch next. Simply tap the “What’s On” tab to browse a selection of popular entertainment available to rent or buy, or follow movies that are currently in theatres to be updated when they’re available for streaming. With a few taps, you can watch a blockbuster movie or a hit TV show.

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Controlling your Roku device with your phone just got easier 

The on screen remote within the Roku mobile app has always been a great way to navigate the Roku OS. And today, Roku has made it better! The new remote tab now more closely matches the buttons on your Roku device remote, with the buttons and directional pad moving closer together so it’s easier to press the onscreen buttons with one hand. Roku has also included a channels icon at the top left of the remote screen so you can quickly access your installed streaming channels and navigate from one channel to another.

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Top Searches On The Roku Platform In 2016

Posted in Commentary with tags on December 18, 2016 by itnerd

Roku has released the lists of the top searched TV shows, movies, actors and actresses by Roku users in 2016. 

Top Actress: Sandra Bullock

Top Actor: Tom Hanks

Top TV Show: The Walking Dead

Top Movie: The Martian

 If you want to see the full list, here’s video:

Note that these lists are based on data from all countries where Roku players are available (Canada, France, Ireland, Mexico, UK and United States).

Review: Roku Ultra

Posted in Products with tags on October 26, 2016 by itnerd

I’m going to repeat something that I said when I reviewed the Roku Express. Roku is serious about ruling the streaming space. To that end, they’ve rolled out a new suite of products to ensure that happens. At the upper end of that suite is the Roku Ultra. Here’s how it looks against the Roku 3:

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The Roku Ultra on the left is a relatively small, square-ish device, at 4.9 x 4.9 x 0.9 inches. But it is bigger than the Roku 3 on the right. The extra size required me to shift a few things around on my TV stand to fit it. But I am likely the exception and not the rule on that front. 

This is the streaming player for someone who wants a player that does everything. By that I mean the following:

  • Support for 4K video and support for HDR video which means you get top quality video.
  • 802.11ac MIMO dual-band wireless to ensure smooth streaming if you have the right wireless router.

  • 10/100 Base-T Ethernet is availabe for those who prefer a cable over wireless.

  • An advanced remote that supports private listening and non-line of sight control. There’s also a set of headphones in the box to help you with your private listening needs. This feature is really cool if you want to watch a movie and not disturb anyone else. 

  • Digital audio connector with Dolby audio support to ensure top quality audio.

  • USB connectivity to allow you to play media that resides on a USB stick or hard drive. 

  • A microSD slot for additional storage.
  • A quad core processor to drive all of this efficiently.

One other thing that it doesn’t come with is a HDMI cable. That’s very odd as the Roku Express which is a much lower priced streaming device does come with an HDMI cable. But assuming that you have a HDMI cable, it is trivially easy to set up. Do not discount that as that as you have to have a product that is easy to set up if you want to win.

Roku’s operating system has not changed significantly in the past few years. But it really doesn’t need changing as it works quite well. Users will be able to navigate it very easily. Speaking of navigagtion, you get the full suite of features. Universal search is there and so is the Roku Feed. You also get voice search and headphone jack  on the remote which works exceptionally well to provide you the ability to listen to content privately. If you happen to lose your remote, it has a speaker that you can use to help find it. You also get all the channels and streaming options that you expect from Roku which makes it a compelling choice to stream whatever content you want as the Roku platform is all about giving you the choice to get the content you want from your preferred source. There’s also the ablity to play games on the Roku Ultra. Though the games are decent, I think it is safe to say that they won’t make you give up your XBox. 

What does all this go for? It’s $139.99 CAD. True, you’ll have to factor in the cost of an HDMI cable which quite frankly should have been in the box. But having said that, the Roku Ultra has to be the streaming player to beat. It’s got every feature needed to match or beat its main competion. If you want a streaming device, this is the one to look at first.