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Roku TV Launching This Fall

Dave Zatz —  January 6, 2014

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Nearly two years after announcing their MHL Streaming Stick designed to make dumb TVs smart, Roku has now inked deals with Hisense and TCL to produce Roku TVs — in sizes ranging from 32″ to 55″ that are expected to ship this fall. It’s a great win for manufacturers looking to integrate a mature and continually updated platform. But, like LG, Roku and their partners will soon learn if a television operating system matters to shoppers the way it does in mobile as these guys collectively work to shorten the consumer television refresh cycle. Continue Reading…

Roku finally lands YouTube! But just one model.

Get Your Free Movies On Roku

Dave Zatz —  December 5, 2013

Roku-mgo

As anticipated, Roku recently began exerting control over their home screen, post UI refresh, with initial updates consisting of massive banner ads (boo) and a video store (yay)… via M-Go. A joint venture of DreamWorks and Technicolor, M-Go offers video rentals and purchases on a variety of platforms – similar to an Amazon Instant or iTunes (but including UltraViolet linkage). And, as M-Go attempts to grow their userbase, both new and existing Roku owners are entitled to 2 free HD movie rentals. To partake, all you gotta do is register a new account here prior to 12/31.

roku-slingbox

Having returned from vacation, I was geared up to revisit a few sidelined projects — including the new Roku Slingbox channel. Unfortunately, it’s vanished from my Roku without a trace. According to Sling support:

With the Roku and the iPhone we are having an issue with the units connecting. We are working on this issue and should have it solved in a timely manner. If you look at your Roku you will see that Roku has removed the App so that it can be corrected and work perfectly with Android and Apple phones. If you keep looking at the forums we will keep everyone updated when the fix come out.

Now I’d heard of some connectivity issues, Continue Reading…

Sling ups the app ante: Android and iOS updates add Roku support, Windows 8 app on deck

Later this month, Roku boxes will receive new Disney channels. And, unlike their first attempt, this is way more compelling than marketing fluff – featuring full length programming and “live TV”. However, access is limited to cable and satellite providers (with agreements in place), so the new offerings won’t expand Roku’s cord cutting appeal. WatchESPN has come a loooong way from the ESPN 3 Xbox exclusive years ago and this A-list offering nicely rounds out Roku’s sporting access while competing well with Apple TV.

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Three new streamers will be joining the Roku 3 for the 2013 holiday season… as Roku continues to confuse consumers by reusing product names (despite differing features and channel support). The new Roku LT, Roku 1, and Roku 2 sport the updated look introduced with the R3 and we’ll continue to recommend the $50 model to digital media n00bs over the $35 Google Chromecast (and others) given its ease of use and broad content offerings. For ZNF readers, we’d direct folks to the Roku 2 or Roku 3 — both of which feature dual-band wireless and remote with clever headphone jack. While the Roku 3 remote also includes the Hillcrest-powered motion control for gaming, we rarely-to-never take advantage of it (and are banking on better gaming from Apple TV and Sony). However, the sprightliness of the Roku 3’s beefier processor might alone be worth the $20 premium. Beyond the silicon, the Roku 3 is the only model to offer Ethernet support and USB connectivity for accessing personal content.