Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen enough Black Friday ads to last us until 2025, but now that the retailers have all detailed their plans for the shopping holiday, some companies are getting in on the action themselves.
If you’re in the market for great deals over the holiday season, this week must be the most exciting in recent memory. We’ve seen daily deals from Walmart, huge discounts on HDTVs and a Best Buy ad that stretches 37 pages long, but things aren’t likely to slow down as we inch closer and closer to Black Friday 2015 in a couple of weeks.
On Wednesday, Roku joined in on the fun by announcing a brand new media player called the Roku SE. More →
Time Warner Cable announced on Monday that it had officially begun its TWC TV Roku Trial in New York City and a few other locations, allowing participating customers to replace their cable boxes with Roku media players. Even without a cable box, the trial customers will still have access to over 300 live channels and 20,000 On Demand programs. More →
Roku is one of a select few set-top boxes that has broken into the mainstream and found a home with tech savvy users and non-techies alike. It seems like many people only use the affordable streaming box for Netflix and YouTube videos, though. While Roku devices start at just $49.99 and can serve as great Netflix streamers, Roku is home to more than 2,000 different channels of content, and there is undoubtedly some buried treasure in there that you haven’t yet discovered.
You also might find some of the weirdest and craziest content you’ve ever seen on Roku. More →
Comcast is one of the largest pay TV providers in America. And as subscribers know all too well, it’s also one of the slowest when it comes to adopting many of the value-added services that other pay TV subscribers get to enjoy. While the wait for Comcast to come around can often be painful for customers, a bit of good news came late Monday night when it was revealed that HBO Go and Showtime Anytime streaming will finally be made available to Comcast customers who own Roku devices. More →
An app called Popcorn Time that has been dubbed the “Netflix for pirates” has been making waves recently because it makes finding and streaming pirated movies and TV shows easier than it has ever been before. The app is also quite sleek, with a nice user interface and, apparently, equally elegant code. The program’s code has been used in a number of similar apps, and now a new offering of particular interest has popped up: TorrenTV. More →
The market for web TV streaming devices is heating up and Roku and Google’s Chromecast look like the big winners so far. Per GigaOM, new data from researchers at Parks Associates estimates that both Chromecast and Roku each have sold around 3.8 million units in the United States over the past year while Apple TV has sold only 2 million units in the U.S. over the same period. This makes a lot of sense because Chromecast and Roku’s new USB dongle are both less expensive than Apple TV, which is supposedly due for a major refresh sometime this year. More →
Roku on Tuesday unveiled the new Roku Streaming Stick, its own fresh take on affordable TV HDMI dongles that bring more entertainment to the living room – the company launched a similar streaming stick in 2012. Roku’s 2014 stick appears to be a response to Google’s Chromecast dongle, one of the most popular devices sold by the Search giant. Unlike the Chromecast, the Roku comes with an additional piece of hardware, a remote control that can be used to “access the sleek Roku user interface with shortcuts to movies, TV shows, news, the Roku Channel Store, Roku Search and more,” but it will still have some Chromecast-like streaming features. More →
Tim Cook revealed on Tuesday at the AllThingsD: D11 conference that Apple has now sold more than 13 million second-generation Apple TV devices. Even more impressive, the CEO noted that roughly half of those devices were sold in the past year alone. Philip Elmer-DeWitt of Fortune crunched the numbers and found that Apple controls more than half of the digital media receiver market. Not including dedicated gaming systems such as the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, Apple TV has a 71% share of the market. The popular Roku box has sold more than 5 million units, giving it a 27% share of the market, and the Boxee Box sold about 200,000 units, for a 1% share, before it was discontinued last summer.
Roku and 3M have a new streaming media device that has something the Apple TV and older Roku boxes don’t: a built-in projector. Touted as “the first-of-its-kind,” the Streaming Projector combines 3M’s history of tested portable projection technology with Roku’s expertise in providing digital media content. Armed with a rechargeable battery, the Streaming Projector can project an image up to 120 inches in size for up to two hours and 45 minutes on continuos play, which does seem a little short. In addition to the 600 channels from services including Amazon (AMZN) Instant Video, Hulu Plus and Netflix (NFLX), smartphones and tablets can also be connected to the projector to stream content via an iOS and Android app. More →
Microsoft is reportedly planning to launch a subsidized Xbox 360 and Kinect bundle with a monthly subscription option, according to The Verge. The software giant may offer its 4GB gaming console alongside its motion sensing input device for $99 with a two-year commitment, and an early termination fee will be included for contract breakers. Subscribers will then pay a monthly $15 fee that includes access to Xbox Live Gold, a two-year warranty and possibly additional streaming content as well. Microsoft will apparently position the package to compete against the Apple TV, Roku streaming box and PlayStation 3. The Verge reports that we could see an announcement as early as next week. More →
Roku on Tuesday announced a new $50 Roku LT player, the latest member of the company’s family of streaming media devices. The Roku LT supports 720p HD video, has built-in Wi-Fi, and provides access to 300 channels including Amazon Instant Video, Pandora, EPIX, Disney, Crackle, Hulu Plus and Netflix. “Our goal is a Roku in every home,” Roku CEO Anthony Wood said. “The Roku LT opens up streaming to more people by lowering the cost of entry in these difficult economic times. With a $49 price and selection of more than 300 channels we expect the Roku LT will be everyone’s favorite Holiday device.” Additionally, Roku announced a new HBO GO partnership that provides on-demand access to 1,400 HBO movies and TV shows. Users must already subscribe to HBO through their cable provider in order to take advantage of this feature, however. The Roku LT will be available in early November from Roku’s website, Amazon and retail stores. Read on for the full press release. More →