Roku officially brings The Roku Channel to all Amazon Fire TV devices

You read that right. Roku, the Fire TV’s largest competitor, has just released their own official Roku Channel app in the Amazon appstore. Similar to Amazon’s own IMDb TV service, the Roku Channel houses Roku’s library of over 100,000 ad-supported movies and TV shows, as well as over 100 live TV channels. It’s now all available through any Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Edition televisions, or Fire TV Edition soundbar. Read more ›

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New Roku Ultra and Roku Streambar compact soundbar announced by Roku

Roku has just announced a pair of new streaming media players for 2020. First is a new version of their flagship Roku Ultra for $99.99 which finally adds support for Dolby Vision HDR. Roku’s other hardware announcement is the all-new Roku Streambar for $129.99 which combines a compact soundbar with a built-in 4K streaming capabilities. Read more ›

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NBCUniversal and Roku reach agreement to bring Peacock to Roku devices — Pressure on Amazon increases to do the same for Fire TV

Over 2 months from when Peacock launched nationwide on other streaming devices, the app is now available on Roku devices after NBCUniversal and Roku finally reached a mutually beneficial agreement over the service’s revenue share. This leaves Amazon Fire TVs as the only remaining major streaming media players to not carry the Peacock app. While there are unofficial ways to install Peacock on Fire TVs, they come with complications and compatibility issues for some people. With any luck, the added pressure on Amazon of now being the odd one out will speed up negotiations and result in the app officially being made available on Fire TV devices. Read more ›

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Alexa can now control Roku media players and TVs

Roku has released an Alexa skill that allows customers to control Roku media players and Roku TVs with their voice through an Alexa device, like an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot. The skill allows you to control media playback, launch channels, and search. Roku TV owners will additionally be able to use the skill to power on/off the TV, change the volume, change channels, and switch inputs. Read more ›

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NVIDIA Shield TV and Roku Premiere are both currently on sale for great prices

If you’re looking for media player alternatives to the Fire TV line up, a few of the top choices have just gone on sale. First is the NVIDIA Shield TV Gaming Edition, which is on sale for $168. This is the bundle that comes with both the remote control and game controller. This price is about $10 more than the lowest price it has ever been, but its a good deal since the regular price is $200. If you don’t need a game controller, the remote only bundle is on sale for $149 as well. If you’ve been curious to try a Roku device, the Roku Premiere is on sale for $29.99, which is $10 off its regular price of $39.99. This is the first time the Roku Premiere, which was released just a few months ago, has ever been on sale. Remember that the Roku Premiere comes with a line-of-sight remote that requires being pointed at the player. The Roku Premiere+, which is a Walmart exclusive, is the better device due to its better remote, but it’s not on sale and is still priced at $49.99.

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Roku Channel will soon offer paid premium subscriptions to Showtime, Starz, Epix, and more

Later this month, Roku will begin selling premium subscriptions to streaming services directly through The Roku Channel. Roku executives have indicated that The Roku Channel is the future of the platform and will probably become the actual home screen of Roku devices, so it’s no surprise to see paid content make its way to the channel. Customers will be able to subscribe to Showtime, Starz, Epix, and other services in a manner that is very similar to Amazon Prime Video Channels. Read more ›

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Roku Ultra (2018) on sale for $49.99 and Roku Stick on sale for $29 — Both Lowest Prices Ever

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Roku is having a couple good Black Friday deals right now. First is the Roku Ultra for $49.99. This is for the new 2018 package that now comes with premium JBL headphones that you can use for private listening through the headphone jack on the remote. This is the lowest price I’ve ever seen for any Roku Ultra, which is their flagship device. Also on sale is the Roku Streaming Stick for $29.00. This is also the lowest price it has ever been. You might want to seriously consider going with the Roku Ultra instead, because the Stick is not a 4K device and is overdue for an update.

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Roku lowers price of Streaming Stick+ to compete with Amazon and itself

Roku has permanently lowered the retail price of their Streaming Stick+ media player from $69.99 to $59.99. This is undoubtedly to better compete with the soon to be released Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, which matches all of the Roku Streaming Stick+’s capabilities, and then some, at only $49.99. Roku is also competing with themselves, since their new Roku Premiere+ is a 4K streamer that is priced the same as the Fire TV Stick 4K, but lacks advanced 802.11ac WiFi that the new Fire TV Stick 4K and Roku Stick+ share.

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Roku’s new $40 Premiere and $50 Premiere+ provide 4K streaming on a budget

Roku has announced a pair of new streaming media players that make 4K streaming more affordable than ever. The new Roku Premiere and Roku Premiere+, which differ only by their remotes, offer 4K streaming and HDR for the staggeringly low price of $39.99 and $49.99, respectively. Roku has also announced that their Roku Ultra will now come with headphones in the box and that they’re adding support for the Google Assistant. Read more ›

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The Roku Channel comes to the Amazon Fire TV …sort of

About a year ago, Roku launched The Roku Channel, which is an ad-support collection of movies, TV shows, and live news that is available for free on Roku devices. The channel has been quite popular, so Roku made it available on the web a month ago. In doing so, they’ve inadvertently also made it available to all Amazon Fire TV devices thanks to the Silk Browser. The web interface for The Roku Channel works so well through the Silk Browser that I’ve released a Bookmarker app for The Roku Channel, to make accessing it through Fire TV devices that much easier. Read more ›

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