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Briefly: Showtime on Roku and PlayStation Vue, Nickelodeon on Roku

06/12, 11:42pm

Showtime launching on Roku, PlayStation Vue at same time as Apple

Showtime's standalone Internet TV subscription service will not be exclusive to Apple at launch as first thought, unlike HBO Now. Broadcaster CBS advises that it will be made available on Roku set-top boxes as well as through Sony's PlayStation Vue at its launch in early July. Just as with the Apple version, Showtime will cost $11 per month on the other platforms, with Roku owners also benefiting from a 30-day trial if they sign up in July.

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TCL Roku Television line boosted by seven new high-end models

05/13, 9:53am

New smart TVs bring full Roku integration

Television manufacturer TCL, announced that seven new TCL Roku TVs will be available later this month in-store and online at major retailers nationwide. Following the launch of three 3700 series models in March, TCL is expanding its 2015 TCL Roku TV lineup with three 3800 Design Series models and four top-of-the-line 3850 Decorator Series models.

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Briefly: Pebble Time in mass production, Sharp produces Roku TVs

05/06, 3:18pm

Pebble Time enters mass production, software improvements detailed

The Pebble Time has entered mass production, the company has announced. In an update on the recent Kickstarter page for the smartwatch, shipments of the devices are expected to start from mid-May. As for the functionality of the smartwatch when it arrives, Pebble advises the new timeline interface, expanded app storage, a new Sports app, and voice replies to Android notifications will be available from day one. Planned future software updates will introduce the option for voice responses to Gmail notifications in iOS, a voice notes and stocks app, an album art view for the Music app, and a weather watchface.

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Briefly: Instagram adds three filters, NBC Sports on Roku, Apple TV

04/27, 5:04pm

Instagram adds three filters, emoji hashtag support to iOS, Android apps

Instagram has updated both the iOS and Android versions of the photo app with more filters. Lark desaturates reds and adds more to blues and greens for landscapes, Reyes adds a dusty layer to the image, and Juno tints cool tones green while making warmer tones pop. The app also introduces the option of using emoji when writing hashtags for images.

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Briefly: CBS All Access on Roku, Google Moderator shutting down

04/08, 6:17am

CBS All Access streaming service heads to Roku

Broadcaster CBS has expanded the reach of its video on demand and live streaming service to Roku devices. Already available on mobile devices, CBS All Access costs $6 per month and offers live streams of local affiliates in 14 major markets, though users in other areas will still be able to watch the on demand items, including new episodes of popular shows the day after they are broadcast.

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Roku 3 gains voice search, Roku 2 receives specification boost

04/06, 6:57am

Roku 2 hardware performance now equal to Roku 3

Roku has made some updates to its streaming set-top boxes, giving the Roku 3 and Roku 2 some small improvements. Chief among the changes is the addition of voice search to the Roku 3, allowing users to find content by pressing a dedicated button and speaking into the remote control, bringing it in line with other streamers offering the function, including the Amazon Fire TV and some Google TV devices.

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HBO Go heads to Roku on Comcast, Amazon Fire TV

12/16, 7:16am

Streaming app from HBO hits Fire TV today, Fire TV Stick in spring

HBO Go is heading to a number of streaming devices now and in the near future, it has been revealed. Owners of Roku streamers on Comcast will soon gain access to the app and Showtime, while Amazon's Fire TV users are able to stream from the service straight away, with the app also including support for the Fire TV's voice search functionality.

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Roku software update adds screen mirroring of Windows, Android devices

10/02, 11:46am

Mirroring update for Roku 3, Roku Streaming Stick rolling out now

Roku owners are able to mirror their Windows desktops with the streaming set-top box, the company has revealed. The screen mirroring option, offered in beta for the Roku 3 and the Roku Streaming Stick, has been available in a range of devices for some time, most notably in the Chromecast, with the addition bringing Roku in line with its Google-created competitor.

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Briefly: Chromecast app support grows, Roku hits 10M milestone

09/16, 2:19pm

Google reveals apps updated with support for Chromecast streaming

Owners of the Chromecast will have more choice of what to watch in future, as Google has revealed a new collection of supported apps for the streaming device. Watch Disney, Watch Disney Junior, and Watch Disney XD offer shows for children, with the iHeartRadio, Twitch, and DramaFever apps also joining the roster of Chromecast-compatible apps.

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TCL, Hisense launch Roku OS-based smart TVs, shipping soon

08/19, 10:19am

Roku TV takes software from set-top box for smart TV functions

The first smart televisions running on Roku OS are heading to market. The Roku TV, ranges created by TCL and Hisense originally announced at CES in January, uses similar software to drive its smart TV functionality as the Roku set-top box, giving users a simplified interface and access to a selection of over 1,500 streaming channels offering over 200,000 movies and TV shows.

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Apple TV, Roku getting FXNow with Simpsons World in next 12 months

07/22, 10:40pm

On-demand video service coming to media boxes, contains Simpsons World content

According to news from television writer Jason Lynch, Apple TV and Roku streaming devices will gain the FXNow on-demand service within the next 12 months. The news emerged from today's Fox and the FX Network stop on the Television Critics Association Press Tour. With the new app comes "Simpsons World," a new service that provides streaming of the 522 episodes of the animated television series.

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Roku, Chromecast outselling Apple TV in US, says report

07/10, 2:53am

Field expected to diversify with more entrants coming to market

Ahead of what is expected to be a significant revamp or re-invention of the Apple TV, rivals such as Roku and Google's Chromecast dongle are allegedly outselling Apple's entry in the streaming-settop-box wars, claims a new study. Though still more popular worldwide, the report from Parks Associates believes that Apple sold just over two million Apple TV units in the US last year, which if true would place it third behind Roku and the Chromecast, both of which sold about 3.8 million units in the US in the same period.

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Roku updates Streaming Stick with HDMI interface, lower $50 price

03/04, 3:31pm

Loss of MHL, lower price point to help compete with Google Chromecast

Roku has updated its Streaming Stick, in what appears to be a move to compete against other streaming devices, and the Google Chromecast. The new Roku Streaming Stick is usable on a wider range of televisions than the previous model, thanks to a change away from Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL), as well as pricing it at half the cost of the original.

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Briefly: Titanfall Special Edition Bundle, Roku deliberates US IPO

02/24, 2:20pm

Xbox One's Titanfall Special Edition Bundle now available for pre-order

Multiplayer game Titanfall is now available for pre-order as part of a special edition console bundle, according to Xbox One's blog. Titanfall will utilize new patty and chat improvements that have been in development for Xbox One, as well as multiplayer alerts for matches while users are watching TV, and more. In light of the game's upcoming launch, Xbox and Titanfall's creators -- Respawn Entertainment and Electronic Arts -- have announced the Xbox One Titanfall Bundle, priced at $500. The bundle includes a digital download of Titanfall, an Xbox One console and Kinect sensor, a wireless controller, a chat headset, and a one month Xbox Live Gold membership. The pre-order has begun, with the bundle available officially March 11.

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Roku expands to smart televisions, shipping Roku TV this fall

01/06, 11:44am

TCL, Hisense to manufacture TVs with Roku-driven smart functionality

Roku is expanding its reach from Internet-connected set-top boxes into smart televisions. The Roku TV, developed in partnership with television manufacturers TCL and Hisense, will provide all the functionality of its existing streaming video devices but built into the television itself, with the first units set to reach customers and retailers sometime this fall.

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Apple TV, Roku at 80 percent of third-party set-top box market

12/17, 2:48pm

NPD sees Apple TV, Roku far away in the lead

Apple TV and devices from Roku hold the vast majority of the third-party set-top box market, according to industry analysis firm NPD. Speaking with AppleInsider, an analyst from the firm said that the two systems dominate the third-party box market with roughly 80 percent share between the two of them. As the set-top market expands with a proliferation of devices, the share held by those two entities could make it difficult for other players to carve out a niche.

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Google may take on Apple TV with a Nexus set-top box

12/08, 6:00pm

Google said to prep set-top box

Google may be preparing to release a Nexus-branded set-top box, according to new reports. This according to The Information, which claims that the search giant is planning to release an Android-powered set-top box in the next year. The move would mark an even stronger move into television for Google, and likely a full rework of its previous efforts to conquer that segment.

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Briefly: 4oD on Now TV and Roku, PayPal accepts gift cards online

11/27, 12:15pm

Channel 4 on-demand video service reaches Roku, Now TV streaming devices

4oD, the on-demand video service from British broadcaster Channel 4 is now available to use on the Roku and the Now TV streaming set-top boxes in the United Kingdom. The on-demand offering from Channel 4 accompanies similar services such as the BBC iPlayer and Demand 5 on the devices, as well as Sky's own Now TV prepaid Internet-based satellite television service.

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Briefly: PlayCast for Roku users, Pyle Audio's wireless headphones

11/19, 5:14pm

PlayOn announces availability of PlayCast channel in Roku channel store

MediaMall Technologies, owner of PlayOn media server software for streaming
video content, has announced the availability of its new PlayCast channel in the Roku channel store. PlayCast allows users to send any video from a PC browser to a Roku-connected TV, much like Google's Chromecast service. When used with PlayOn, PlayCast gives users the ability to cast videos from an Internet browser. PlayCast is available in the Roku channel store; PlayOn, which can be accessed through subscription, is available in monthly, annual and lifetime payment options, starting at $9 per month.

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Apple postponing HDTV plans due to lack of content deals

11/11, 12:40pm

Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV negating need for full-scale TV set

Apple is no longer planning to ship a dedicated TV set in 2014, claims NPD DisplaySearch. The firm quotes sources in the TV supply chain industry, who add that one of the main obstacles is the company's inability to secure deals for proprietary content. While Apple is potentially an attractive partner, earlier reports have suggested that TV networks are reluctant to risk the lucrative deals they have with cable and satellite companies, which typically bundle channels into packages.

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Wall Street Journal: Amazon to launch set-top media streaming box

10/03, 9:45pm

New device allegedly to run apps, stream from multiple sources

Amazon is reportedly in the process of designing a set-top box, similar in form and function to an Apple TV or Roku media streamer, to be released before the holiday buying season. Divergent from Apple, Amazon is allegedly offering an app ecosystem for the device, allowing gaming or media streaming from sources other than just Amazon purchases.

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Roku updates Roku LT, Roku 1, Roku 2 to match Roku 3

09/25, 7:30am

Roku line refresh shipping to US, UK, Ireland

Roku has refreshed a majority of its line of streaming set-top boxes, in order to coordinate with its existing Roku 3. While the Roku 3 remains the same, the new Roku 1, Roku 2, and Roku LT all have a number of hardware and software updates, as well as an overhaul in external design to match the current flagship model.

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RealPlayer Cloud launches, offers online storage, video reformatting

09/25, 6:44am

RealPlayer Cloud app streams video from storage to smartphones, Roku

RealNetworks has launched its own cloud storage app specializing in video. RealPlayer Cloud for iOS, Android, computers, and Roku will allow users to store video files online, with the new app able to stream or download videos from the storage, automatically reformatting the video to match the device and the available connection speed.

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Briefly: Blue HTC One heads to Best Buy, Roku Android app update

09/10, 5:14am

Best Buy to start selling metallic blue HTC One from September 15th

The blue version of the HTC One will be going on sale through Best Buy from September 15th. Identical to the normal model except for color, the "metallic blue" smartphone will be available on AT&T and Verizon, along with Sprint, though the retailer has yet to reveal per-carrier pricing. It is suggested by Engadget that it could cost as much as $700 off-contract through the retailer.

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Briefly: Moto X reaches Sprint, Roku 3 launches in Canada

09/06, 2:59pm

Moto X goes on sale through Sprint, $100 credit for number transfers

Sprint has started selling Motorola's flagship smartphone, the Moto X, on its network. Priced at $200 alongside a two-year contract, the carrier will be offering customers switching their number to Sprint a $100 instant credit off the up-front cost of the device. Though it is not launching with Moto Maker customizations, Sprint states that it will be available to its customers "in the coming months."

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Barnes and Noble launches Nook Video apps for iOS, Android, Roku

08/19, 3:10pm

Steps into territory dominated by Amazon, Netflix

Barnes & Noble is releasing iOS, Android, Nook, and Roku apps for its Nook Video service, according to an announcement. The apps let people watch movies and TV shows that they've rented or bought from the service, as well as items in a person's UltraViolet collection. In the case of the mobile apps, videos can be downloaded for offline viewing; when a video is streamed, though, progress is automatically synced between devices.

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Briefly: Redbox Instant on Roku, XCom Global US MiFi Internet launch

08/06, 4:44am

Redbox Instant app downloadable on Roku in United States

Redbox Instant by Verizon is now available to use on the Roku set-top box. Downloadable through the Roku Channel Store and usable on Roku 3, 2, HD, and LT models as well as the Roku Streaming Stick, the Redbox service provides access to over 5,500 streaming movies and more than 1,500 movies at 43,000 Redbox kiosks. Redbox Instant with four DVD credits costs $8 per month.

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Briefly: Nokia Lumia 1020 on AT&T, Sky launches Now TV Box in UK

07/26, 4:33am

AT&T starts shipping 42MP Nokia Lumia 1020 to customers

AT&T has started selling the Nokia Lumia 1020 to customers. Available as a pre-order since July 16th, the Windows Phone 8 smartphone with the 41-megapixel PureView camera and Carl Zeiss lens is now shipping from the carrier's online store, and is expected to be in retail locations later today or over the weekend. The Lumia 1020 is priced at $300 when bought on a two-year contract, $659 off-contract, or $33 per month under AT&T Next.

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Remote for Roku Streaming Stick spotted at FCC with audio output

06/27, 12:42pm

Headphone socket to allow private audio streaming on Roku stick

Roku will be adding an audio output to the remote control for its Streaming Stick, according to filings with the Federal Communications Commission. The filing reveals two version of the remote control, showing a version with the headphone socket built into the side of the device, as well as a more conventional model with the new addition removed from view.

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Time Warner in talks with Apple, MS, Samsung, about streaming video

06/04, 4:33pm

Could merge TWC TV app into Apple TV

Time Warner Cable is in talks with Apple, Samsung, and Microsoft for streaming video deals similar to the one it has with set-top maker Roku, CEO Glenn Britt hinted at today's Bank of America/Merill Lynch Global Telecom and Media Conference. "You should assume we're talking to everyone who makes devices like this, whether it's Samsung smart TVs, Apple, Microsoft," said Britt. Time Warner brought a TWC TV app to Roku boxes in March, letting people watch live TV without a separate dedicated cable box.

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Roku gains $60M in new funding round, working on Smart TV software

05/31, 10:10am

Working with device OEMs to make Roku software for TVs

Roku has received another injection of investment to develop its streaming set-top box. The $60 million round of funding comes from new investors Fidelity and Hearst Corp, as well as from previous investors such as broadcaster BskyB and News Corp, and brings the total amount of money invested into Roku to $130 million.

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Roku adds PBS, PBS Kids programming to line of video streamers

05/08, 4:43pm

Apps include local content as well as nationally syndicated programming

Media streamer hardware maker Roku has deployed a new app set, adding PBS and PBS Kids content to most of its line of video streaming set-top boxes within the US. Now available for streaming are shows such as American Experience, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, Masterpiece, and Nature. Children's programming now available due to the new additions include Curious George, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Dinosaur Train, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!, and Super WHY.

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Report: Amazon plans to release own set-top box by fall

04/24, 2:59pm

Device would directly compete with Apple TV, Roku

Amazon is planning to extend its range of tablets and ebook readers by selling a set-top box, according to a report. The device, said to be coming out sometime in the fall, will provide streaming content, such as movies and TV shows to the user from the company's Instant Video catalog as well as Prime Instant Video.

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HBO considers allowing HBO GO outside of cable packages

03/22, 10:56am

Service might still be tied to Internet service

HBO may be relenting on its position towards allowing HBO outside of cable TV subscription packages, Reuters reports. CEO Richard Plepler says that the company is considering allowing access to HBO GO, its digital streaming option, via bundles with broadband Internet subscriptions. That would likely add about $10 to $15 to a person's Internet bill. "We would have to make the math work," says Plepler.

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Roku releases its fastest media streamer to date -- Roku 3

03/05, 11:41pm

New device has motion sensitive remote with headphones

Today, Roku is launching its fastest media streamer to date. Benchmarked by the company at over five times faster than previous players, the new Roku 3 streamer boasts wide connectivity, a new user interface, a remote with a headphone jack for private listening, and an updated Roku Channel store.

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Spotify streaming comes to Roku

12/20, 6:39pm

Roku 2 players, Streaming Stick get Spotify channel

Music streaming service Spotify will be available on yet another device, as the company announced today that a Spotify channel would be added to a number of Roku devices in the coming months. Owners of the Roku 2 streaming box will now have access to the Spotify channel, along with the more than 600 other video, entertainment, and casual game channels available on the device. Spotify's channel will also be coming to the Roku Streaming Stick today.

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Amazon pushes Cloud Player app to Roku, Samsung Smart TVs

12/13, 1:25pm

Also releases iPhone, iPod touch versions of Instant Video

Amazon has released versions of its Cloud Player for Roku set-top boxes and Samsung Smart TVs. The update comes at the same time as apps for Amazon Instant Video became available to download in Apple's App Store for the iPhone and iPod touch, four months after it became available on the iPad.

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Roku adds Sky's Now TV streaming service to Channel Store

11/28, 12:15pm

UK Roku users able to watch Sky Movies content

Roku has added UK satellite broadcaster Sky's pay-per-view video streaming service Now TV to its devices. Users will be able to select the app from the Roku Channel Store, and will see the service expanding its range from its current availability on computers, the Xbox 360, YouView, iOS devices and a number of Android portables.

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Hitachi sets Roku-friendly HDTVs, Sound bar for fall sales

11/09, 5:45am

Sound Bar features Coneq processing, Bluetooth streaming

Hitachi has unveiled its fall lineup of high definition televisions and accessories for the US. The new list of HDTVs, divided between the Value series and the UltraVision UltraThin LED series, are also accompanied by 32-inch and 40-inch Sound Bars. Containing six speakers and using Coneq 3D sound processing the Sound Bars can also be used to stream music through its Bluetooth connection.

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Briefly: Velocomp phone mount, Team GB S III, Roku Pandora

08/01, 2:43pm

Velocomp unveils iBike Moto iPhone motorcycle mount

Velocomp has launched a new motorcycle mounting system for the iPhone, the iBike Moto. The mount is made of machined aluminium by motorcycle specialist Techmount, attachable to the handlebars and capable of swiveling 360 degrees. A water- and shock-resistant case covers the iPhone, closed by a Click-Latch mechanism. The included iBike Moto App acts as a digital dashboard and fuel gauge, as well as the mapping system. The iBike Moto is on sale for $80.

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Roku gains $45M investent from BSkyB, News Corp, others

07/26, 4:09pm

Funds earmarked for increased production, Roku marketing

Roku has secured funding from BSkyB and News Corp. A third partner that declined to be named, along with previous investors Menlo Ventures and Globespan Capital Partners, join the funding round and bring the strategic investment total to $45 million. Roku has already earmarked most of the new capital for specific purposes, with generous portions going toward advertising, expanding into new international markets, and increasing manufacturing for existing product lines.

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Roku 2, LT, HD patch update improves video performance

07/15, 7:43pm

Language support for German and Spanish also included

Roku is now pushing out a software update for its set-top box line. The update to version 4.8 brings performance optimizations to the Roku 2, Roku LT and Roku HD players, along with some additions to help developers for the system. Hints of more channels and features, as well as an upgrade to the Roku iOS and Android apps, are also mentioned on the Roku blog.

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Time Warner Cable gearing up IPTV streaming for Roku, more

04/27, 8:15pm

Roku set-tops to get TWC live TV streaming

A leak late Friday has revealed that Time Warner Cable is planning to offer live TV on media hubs. The Engadget tip had Roku being the first of multiple devices that would stream IP-based TV. The Roku implementation wasn't clarified, but would presumably go through a custom Roku channel.

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Roku players arrive in Canada

04/16, 7:50am

Roku media hub arrives with slight premium

Roku on Monday kicked off its Canadian launch. The country will get two higher-end models in the lineup, the Roku 2 XD and Roku 2 XS, both of which can handle 1080p video; the XS bundles in the Wii-like motion remote and includes both Ethernet and USB for wired access and local content. Canadians get much of the same content, including Netflix, Rdio music, and major sports like the MLB and NHL, although US-specific services like Hulu Plus are out of contention.

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Roku HD shows up in stores

04/10, 8:20pm

Roku HD arrives unannounced

The Roku HD that recently surfaced at the FCC has materialized in stores. Dave Zatz spotted the media hub at a retail store, already on sale for $60. Its features, such as 720p playback and the rounded design, suggest that it's a cost-cutting version of the Roku 2 HD at the same price.

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Skitter channel feeds Roku boxes live TV

04/09, 7:35pm

Works with content providers to provide streaming

Atlanta-based Skitter has launched a streaming service to offer TV broadcasts directly over the Internet to Roku or WD Live set-top boxes. The service is currently available in Portland, Oregon, with plans to expand to 5 other metro markets by the end of June. What differentiates Skitter from previous efforts to offer live TV over the web is that the company has negotiated licenses for retransmission rights with broadcasters such as ABC, NBC and CBS in each of the markets it serves.

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Roku launch into Canada said 'imminent' through Amazon

04/03, 4:45pm

Roku to bring 2 XD, 2 XS to Amazon.ca very soon

The retail launch of Roku hardware in Canada is nearing, GigaOM believes. This lines up with earlier rumors, and two of the Internet players are said to begin selling through Amazon's Canadian website. The devices may then reach physical store shelves later on, though which ones isn't made clear.

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Plex reaches Roku media boxes in channel form

03/27, 10:55pm

Plex branches out to Roku for first time

Plex on Tuesday said its custom media interface had reached Roku's Internet Players for the first time. The new version shows as a Roku Channel Store option and brings a new, streamlined version of the interface within its self-contained section. All subscribed channels are available, as well as access to audio, photo, and video from a local Plex Media Server.

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Third-gen Roku HD box arrives at FCC

03/16, 6:20am

Third-gen Roku HD inbound

Roku has had its third-gen Roku HD box revealed by the FCC as it goes through its wireless certification. The new box retains the same design as previous versions, however it is highlighted by the return of full-size composite outputs. FCC notes also show that the device will pick up a new remote control when it ships.

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Roku remote app reaches Android

03/02, 8:15pm

Turns smartphones into remotes for media players

Roku has released an app for Android devices (free, Android Market). With it, users can control one of the company's streaming media players with a smartphone instead of the remote that normally comes with the hub. Roku made a similar app available for iOS devices in December (free, App Store).

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