If you’re looking for a new streaming media player this fall, Roku has you covered. On Monday morning, the company unveiled five new devices on its website — a lineup with some notable additions and improvements over last year’s.
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 →
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 →
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.