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DAZN Launches On Roku Platform In Canada

Posted in Commentary with tags , on February 22, 2018 by itnerd

DAZN CANADA today announced the launch of the DAZN channel on Roku streaming players and Roku TV models in Canada

Roku users across Canada will now be able to live stream and catch-up on DAZN’s extensive range of sports content such as NatWest 6 Nations Championship, top European Soccer leagues such as La Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1, Champions League via its partnership with BeIN Sports, the 24/7 NFL Network, as well as Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League, FIBA Basketball, WTA Tennis and MotoGP.

The announcement comes at a time where momentum continues to build around DAZN Canada’s growing platform, including some recently-added offerings that include more than 30 PGA TOUR events, Tie Break Tens (the hottest new competition in Tennis), Red Bull Air Race and World Snooker. DAZN supporters will also have every LIVE game of the 2018-19 NFL season – including pre-season, regular season, the playoffs and next year’s Super Bowl in Atlanta.




Samsung & Roku Smart TV’s Are Vulnerable To Pwnage Study Finds

Posted in Commentary with tags , on February 8, 2018 by itnerd

Consumers Reports is running a story that claims that smart TV’s made by Samsung and Roku have security flaws in them that make them easy to pwn:

Consumer Reports has found that millions of smart TVs can be controlled by hackers exploiting easy-to-find security flaws. The problems affect Samsung televisions, along with models made by TCL and other brands that use the Roku TV smart-TV platform, as well as streaming devices such as the Roku Ultra. We found that a relatively unsophisticated hacker could change channels, play offensive content, or crank up the volume, which might be deeply unsettling to someone who didn’t understand what was happening. This could be done over the web, from thousands of miles away. (These vulnerabilities would not allow a hacker to spy on the user or steal information.) The findings were part of a broad privacy and security evaluation, led by Consumer Reports, of smart TVs from top brands that also included LG, Sony, and Vizio. The testing also found that all these TVs raised privacy concerns by collecting very detailed information on their users. Consumers can limit the data collection. But they have to give up a lot of the TVs’ functionality — and know the right buttons to click and settings to look for.

Well, that’s not good. And it reinforces why I will never have a smart TV in my home. Though I will admit that I do have a Roku device which I use frequently. But that’s likely not going to get disconnected anytime soon.

Having said that, Roku shot back at this report very quickly by saying that there’s no risk and giving details on how one can protect themselves. Which to me seems a bit counterintuitive seeing as there’s supposedly no risk according to the company. Samsung on the other hand had something different to say:

In an emailed statement, Samsung said, “We appreciate Consumer Reports’ alerting us to their potential concern,” and that the company was still evaluating the issue. The company also said it would update the API to address other, less severe problems related to data security that CR uncovered. Those changes “will be in a 2018 update, [with timing] to be determined, but as soon as technically feasible,” the spokesman said.

The bottom line is this. If you put anything on the Internet, your car, a light bulb, or whatever, it can get pwned by hackers. Thus before you put anything on the Internet, think long and hard about the risk that may present to you. Because this sort of thing isn’t going to go away anytime soon.

Roku Unveils Whole Home Entertainment Licensing Program & Roku Entertainment Assistant

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 4, 2018 by itnerd

Roku, Inc. today unveiled plans to make it easier for consumers to enjoy streaming entertainment around the whole home. Roku plans to make it especially easy for Roku TV customers to add great audio to their TV experience. The new whole home entertainment licensing program will enable OEM brands to build soundbars and smart speakers, surround sound and multi-room audio systems that use Roku Connect software to work together as a home entertainment network. With Roku Connect devices working together they will be able to connect wirelessly and be controlled by voice commands and a single remote. In addition, OEM brands will be able to license smart soundbar and smart speaker hardware reference designs along with the Roku operating system, Roku OS. TCL is our lead OEM partner, and will announce its plans to offer the first device under the new program at its press conference at CES on Jan. 8.

Roku also announced plans to develop and launch a voice assistant, the Roku Entertainment Assistant, that is optimized for home entertainment. It, along with Roku Connect, is expected to be rolled out as a free software update to the Roku operating system by this Fall to most Roku TV models and Roku players. When launched, the Roku Entertainment Assistant will enable consumers to use voice commands to enjoy entertainment on voice-supported Roku devices. For example, customers will be able to say, “Hey Roku, play jazz in the living room” and a smart soundbar with Roku Connect will begin playing music – even if the TV is turned off.

Four years ago, Roku unveiled its TV licensing program, simplifying the smart TV and making it easy for OEM brands to delight consumers. Today, the Roku TV licensing program is flourishing. Roku TVs accounted for more than one out of every five smart TVs sold in the U.S. during the first nine months of 2017. Roku also today announced that Magnavox joins the program as the ninth brand – bringing new Roku TVs to market this Spring.

Roku believes that the home theater market is ready for a modern approach encompassing the whole home. By expanding its licensing program to allow for easy ways for audio devices to become part of the Roku streaming ecosystem, OEM brands can build smart devices for home entertainment. This is expected to make Roku TV even more appealing to both OEM brands and consumers, and allow Roku to continue to grow active accounts and increase engagement. Roku monetizes active accounts as users engage with content and advertising on its platform.

  • Roku TV – A smart TV powered by the Roku OS. To be updated with Roku Connect and Roku Entertainment Assistant by this Fall.
  • Smart Soundbar – Enhances the TV audio experience. Designed to work with any TV that has a HDMI ARC, and expected to have features to allow it to work better with a Roku TV. To be powered by the Roku OS and include Roku Connect and Roku Entertainment Assistant.
  • Smart Speaker – Stand-alone speaker or extends audio from another device for a multi-room experience. To be powered by the Roku OS and include Roku Connect and Roku Entertainment Assistant.
  • Roku Connect – Enables OEM brands to build home entertainment devices that connect wirelessly to Roku OS powered devices and other Roku Connect devices within a home entertainment network. Roku Connect devices will be identified by a Roku Connect logo.

OEM brands can license the Roku Connect software (which has a hardware requirement) for free. In addition, Roku does not expect licensing revenues, if any, from smart speakers and smart soundbars to be material in the foreseeable future.

OEMs interested in learning more or meeting at CES can contact

RCA Launches Their First 4K Roku TVs In Canada

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

RCA today announced the release of its 4K UHD RCA Roku TVs as part of its line of smart TVs running the Roku OS. Prices begin at CAD 599.99 MSRP.


The 4K UHD RCA Roku TV line includes a 65” for CAD 1,299.99 MSRP, 55” for CAD 699.99 MSRP and a 50” for CAD 599.99 MSRP. The 4K TVs are the latest additions to the RCA Roku TV line which launched this summer including 50” HD, 43” HD and 32” models, starting at CAD 249.99 MSRP.

The 4K UHD RCA Roku TVs leverage the Roku platform and run the Roku operating system to provide RCA customers with an easy-to-use smart TV. In Canada, customers have quick access to more than 4,000 channels and 100,000+ movies and TV episodes as well as fast and easy Roku search, which offers an unbiased look across top streaming channels to find movies and TV shows with results ranked by price.

The 4K UHD RCA Roku TVs are available starting today from and Walmart Canada.

Roku Launches New Roku Express in Canada

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

Roku, Inc. today announced that it is launching the new Roku Express in Canada, which is five times more powerful than its predecessor.The Roku Express is tiny. It comes with everything in the box to start streaming, including a simple-to-use remote control and HDMI cable, and is priced at just $39.99 MSRP.


Roku devices are powered by the Roku OS and feature a simple home screen. Consumers in Canada can access 4,000+ streaming channels, including 150,000 movies and TV episodes. They can also download the free Roku app for iOS® and Android™ mobile devices which acts as a remote, streams media from a mobile device to the TV, includes a keyboard and features such as voice search and private listening.

The Roku Express is expected to be available in November from Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, Staples, The Source, London Drugs and other fine retailers at an MSRP of $39.99 CAD.

RCA Roku TVs Available Now in Canada

Posted in Commentary with tags , on August 10, 2017 by itnerd

RCA today announced the availability of its new line of smart TVs running the Roku® operating system. The RCA Roku TVs are available online from and and in stores throughout Canada. Prices begin at $299.


The line includes a 50” Full HD model for $599.99 MSRP, 43” Full HD model for $469.99 MSRP and 32” HD model for $299.99 MSRP.

The new RCA Roku TVs leverage the Roku TV platform to provide RCA customers with an easy-to-use smart TV interface, which features favorite streaming channels alongside other entertainment options like cable boxes, gaming consoles, antennas and other devices. In Canada customers have quick access to more than 4,000 channels and 100,000 movies and TV episodes as well as fast and easy Roku search, which offers an unbiased look across top streaming channels to find movies and TV shows, with results ranked by price.

RCA Roku TVs include a TV tuner input to receive over-the-air TV channels and feature the ability to create a Favorites Channel list. The Live TV Pause feature even allows consumers to conveniently pause live broadcasts.

The RCA Roku TV comes with an easy-to-use remote featuring channel shortcut buttons to get to content quickly. The free Roku mobile app turns iOS or Android mobile devices into a streaming companion and features remote functionality, voice search, private listening, a keyboard, the ability to share videos, music and photos to the TV.

Streaming Channels That You Might Have Missed… But Roku Has Them For You

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 26, 2017 by itnerd

As far as streaming goes, most people are really just scratching the surface when it comes to options on platforms like Roku.

While popular channels like Netflix, YouTube and CinemaNow are great, consumers are now starting to dive deeper into the hundreds and hundreds of channels offering amazing content.  Name any hobby, sideline, area of interest, fad and diversion and there is likely a streaming channel for that topic.

Here’s a few examples:

  • Dieselpunk Industries is a history buff’s dream featuring media from the late 1920s to the end of World War Two. Dieselpunk takes you back in time with features, movies, shorts, and serials along with magazines, books, and comics, all from that time period.
  • You can watch the best travel series on television anytime you want with GlobeTrekker.TV. The award-winning series takes you all over the world with quirky hosts, beautiful photography and unforgettable destinations.
  • Education, recreation and information about the world’s oceans are the pillars behind the programming on the Ocean Network. It’s a mix of TV shows, documentaries and other video all aimed at ocean lovers with six categories: Sports, Preservation, Underwater, History, Documentary and New Releases.
  • A great alternative to blockbuster movie services for those with less commercial tastes. It can be an acclaimed masterpiece, a gem fresh from the world’s greatest film festivals, or a beloved classic, there are always 30 beautiful expert picked films to discover on MUBI.
  • Can’t get enough of the red carpet? Do you need to know all the Hollywood gossip? The Scene channel is your answer. With original programming from the like of Vogue, Buzzfeed, Glamour, Vanity Fair, and others, you’ll be dishing more dirt than any hollywood reporter.
  • Curiosity may have killed the cat but here, it will entertain and inform. With the CuriosityStream channel, viewers get a wide variety of programs in 12 different subject areas. Dive deep into science, technology and history with interviews, lectures, documentaries from some of the best filmmakers in the world.
  • The developers of the Great Big Story channel describe it as a channel “dedicated to the untold, the overlooked and the flat-out amazing.” The service is a collection of mini-documentaries from stories that vary from “The Story of Chef Boyardee” to “Chasing Tornadoes”.
  • The Relax My Dog channel is ideal to comfort your dog. There is music and videos in four categories; Puppy Music, Separation Anxiety Music, Fireworks and Storms Music and Sleep Music. When you’re not able to walk your fur baby, you can know they’re being taken care of.
  • Blind Cat Rescue is a channel devoted to a blind cat sanctuary located in St. Paul’s North Carolina. There’s a 24/7 live stream of the cats at the facility which was opened as a safe place for blind cats who were deemed unadoptable. It’s the purrfect destination for cat lovers who can’t get enough of innocent cats. There’s live video tours done at noon eastern on Monday through Saturday.
  • All Animals is a channel from the U.S. Humane Society focused to educate people on animal rights. An area devoted to the stories of rescued animals from awful conditions will impact viewers. There is a section on uplifting videos showcasing the rescue and rehabilitation of wild animals. This channel spotlights the efforts of the Humane Society to protect animals.
  • A mix of classic TV shows and films involving animals combined with original programming that features former actress, Nancy Stafford, interviewing celebrities about their own pets. The channel accepts video submissions from pet owners indicating a strong chance of your pet getting famous! The Celebrity Pet channel tries to educate and entertain. While the pets are owned by celebrities, they’re the ones who are the real stars here.
  • Pet Viral Videos is a channel where cats rule the world! All videos are cat-related showcasing different feline videos in these categories;
    • Cat interactions with Dogs
    • Small Pets
    • Ninja Cats (Cat owners know what this means)
    • Crazy Cats
  • Pet Tube Planet’s Funniest Animal has original and comical videos featuring pets in all sorts of situations. The producers of network television shows like “Planet’s Funniest Animals” and “Funniest Pet’s and People” are responsible for this channel and many of the clips come from those shows. These classic clips will keep you laughing at the animal antics.