Roku Secret Menus

How to access all the hidden features on your Roku

By on June 1, 2016 at 1:47 PM.

How to access all the hidden features on your Roku

Roku has grown to become one of the clear leaders in the increasingly popular market for streaming media boxes. With the cost of pay TV climbing ever higher, more and more people are cutting the cord and looking for more affordable home entertainment. Roku gives them access to all of the most popular services like Netflix, Amazon Video and Hulu. In fact, Roku users have access to more than 10,000 channels of streaming entertainment.

Roku’s newest streaming solutions start at just $49.99, so they’re terrific options for pay TV subscribers as well. Many people supplement cable TV with services like Netflix or Hulu, and Roku’s streaming devices provide one of the best viewing experiences available for those services and more. Everyone knows that, but what you might not know is that there are some pretty awesome secret features lurking in your Roku player. More →

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Roku TCL 4K UHD TV

Roku’s next big thing: 4K UHD Smart TVs and HDR technology

By on January 4, 2016 at 7:05 PM.

Roku’s next big thing: 4K UHD Smart TVs and HDR technology

Apple, Google and Amazon all have TV products that smarten up any TV, transforming it into a portal to numerous digital content sources. Roku is no stranger to attacking the living room in such a manner, but the company also has a different kind of product in mind for customers, smart television sets that come preloaded with Roku programming.

At CES 2016, Roku is launching new smart TV models, which isn’t surprising considering that it did the same thing in previous years. However, this time  Roku is betting big on 4K UHD TVs that should offer users an even better overall viewing experience. More →

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Roku Black Friday 2015 Deals

Roku announces Black Friday weekend deals for media players and more

By on November 23, 2015 at 6:25 PM.

Roku announces Black Friday weekend deals for media players and more

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.

On Monday, Roku unveiled its Black Friday 2015 deals, and if you’re in the market for an affordable media player, you might want to make this the first place you look.

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Roku SE Streaming Player Black Friday

Roku unveils a brand new, super cheap media player for Black Friday

By on November 11, 2015 at 8:30 PM.

Roku unveils a brand new, super cheap media player for Black Friday

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 →

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TWC TV Roku Trial

TWC is trialing a plan that lets customers ditch their cable boxes but keep cable

By on November 10, 2015 at 9:30 PM.

TWC is trialing a plan that lets customers ditch their cable boxes but keep cable

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 →

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Best Roku Channels

15 bizarre and crazy Roku channels you have to check out

By on February 6, 2015 at 1:41 PM.

15 bizarre and crazy Roku channels you have to check out

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 →

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HBO Go Roku

HBO Go and Showtime are finally coming to Roku for Comcast subscribers

By on December 16, 2014 at 9:05 AM.

HBO Go and Showtime are finally coming to Roku for Comcast subscribers

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 →

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Apple TV Torrent Streaming

Pirate paradise: New app streams movie torrents to Apple TV and Roku

By on July 28, 2014 at 12:56 PM.

Pirate paradise: New app streams movie torrents to Apple TV and Roku

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 →

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Roku Vs. Chromecast Vs. Apple TV

Sorry, Apple TV: Roku and Chromecast are killing you in sales

By on July 10, 2014 at 8:15 PM.

Sorry, Apple TV: Roku and Chromecast are killing you in sales

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 →

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Roku Streaming Stick Release Date

Roku sticks it to Google with new, affordable Chromecast-like dongle of its own

By on March 5, 2014 at 6:30 AM.

Roku sticks it to Google with new, affordable Chromecast-like dongle of its own

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 →

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Apple TV Market Share Sales

With Apple TV, Apple controls more than 70% of the digital media receiver market

By on May 29, 2013 at 9:00 PM.

With Apple TV, Apple controls more than 70% of the digital media receiver market

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.

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Roku and 3M’s portable ‘Streaming Projector’ can output a 120-inch projection for $299

By on October 8, 2012 at 11:59 PM.

Roku and 3M’s portable ‘Streaming Projector’ can output a 120-inch projection for $299

Roku 3M Streaming Projector Release Date

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 →

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