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A smart TV box for a tenner is a nice thing, but one that streams Homeland on demand is arguably even nicer. As of today, owners of a Sky Now TV media player should see 4oD among their list of free channels, alongside the existing options like BBC iPlayer and Demand 5. Meanwhile, Channel Four’s catch-up service has also landed on Roku boxes this week, which makes sense considering that Sky has a sizable investment in that little hardware platform, too.
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Ahead Of Rumored Apple TV Refresh, Roku Updates Streaming Media Player Lineup And Launches Roku 3 In The UK
Streaming media hardware company Roku, which is holding it own in a market that includes tech industry heavyweights including Apple and Google, has just introduced new models of its streaming players. The small set-top boxes include redesigned versions of the Roku LT, Roku 1 and Roku 2, bringing some features from the Roku 3 flagship player to the company’s more conservatively priced offerings.
Each new Roku gets a hardware design refresh, with bubble-style rounded sides instead of the straight lines and hard edges of the older versions. The designs are a bit more whimsical, and an improvement over the previous, somewhat Apple TV-like puck style design. The lineup gives access to Roku’s Channel Store for expandable content options. Third-party channels available for Roku number over 1,000 in the U.S., but cap out at just over 450 in the UK, Canada and Ireland.
The entry-level LT is pretty much the same as its predecessor in a brand new shell, but the Roku 1 gets a considerable upgrade with support for 1080p video (the old one supported just 720p), while the Roku 2 adds a new headphone jack and dual-band Wi-Fi capabilities, which previously were features exclusive to the Roku 3. Roku tells TechCrunch that 40 percent of its customers said the headphone jack was the reason they opted for the Roku 3, so this should bump up sales of the lower cost unit. The LT retails for $ 49.99, while the Roku 1 is $ 59.99 and the Roku 2 is $ 79.99.
Roku’s SVP of Product Management Jim Funk says that it’s adding new channels at a rate of about one to two a day, and that it’s seeing 13 hours of streaming per week on average. The company is also working to bring Netflix’s DIAL AirPlay-type service to Roku’s platform, which will allow users to stream content from their phone to the players directly. That integration will come sometime in the next few months, according to Funk.
Roku has also added support for M-Go in the U.S. starting today, which brings that transactional video-on-demand company’s catalog of curated content to the streaming platform. M-Go is a joint venture between DreamWorks Animation and Technicolor, and offers access to 16,000 movies and TV shows, with 20,000 anticipated in its library by year’s end. The M-Go partnership arrangement is a revenue sharing opportunity for Roku, Funk explained, and it puts the service right in Roku’s centralized “TV Shows” and “Movies” tabs, giving them an advantage by taking them out of the general fracas of the 1,000-strong channel guide.
All the new Roku devices are available in the U.S. for pre-order, with expected shipping in October, and the new LT is a U.S.-exclusive for now. In Canada, the UK and Ireland, the Roku 1 and 2 are available for pre-order with shipping anticipated in October, and the previously released Roku 3 makes its way to those territories with immediate availability from Roku’s website. The hardware revamp comes ahead of speculation that Apple will update its own Apple TV streaming media device sometime soon, possibly alongside new iPads, so we could see a lot of competition for holiday dollars in this space.
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Livestream may have been stepping out of its comfort zone with the introduction of hardware tailored for prosumers. That being said, the company’s still working hard on expanding its bread and butter: video streaming — and what better way to do so than by being available on Roku, a streaming platform that’s thriving in more ways than one. Today, the Livestream channel will be making its debut on the tiny player, giving viewers access to a vast amount of internet-based programming. Of course, this includes live (and archived) sporting events, concerts, red carpets and broadcasts from more than 60 local US news stations. “For us, connected TVs was the next piece of the puzzle,” Livestream CEO Max Haot told us, adding that coming to the Roku is only the start of what he believes “will be many future developments on bringing Livestream to living rooms worldwide.”%Gallery-slideshow79380%
Outerwall promised two months ago that it would offer Redbox Instant on Roku players, and the company is making good on its word by launching that channel today. The subscription movie service is now available for both the Roku Streaming Stick as well as conventional players ranging from the Roku LT to the Roku 3. There aren’t any visible new features in the Roku version of Redbox Instant, but we doubt that many customers will complain — they’re getting cheap movie streaming through a similarly frugal media hub.
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Despite its image as an underdog, Roku knows how to court some heavy hitters in the TV business: on top of a total $ 80 million in previous investments, it just received a $ 60 million boost this week. The new funding round has BSkyB and News Corp returning with checkbooks in hand, but it also includes a fresh contribution from Hearst, which wants Roku’s help in building services for its TV channels. The media hub maker is getting more than partnerships in return, however. It’s using the cash to expand its Roku Ready program, which now includes 24 hardware partners. The company’s Anthony Wood ultimately wants Roku software to be commonplace — it can be an “operating system for televisions,” he tells The Hollywood Reporter. While there’s no guarantee that Roku will reach that kind of ubiquity, it may well have the cash to get there.
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Source: Hollywood Reporter
Roku just revealed through its blog site that it has offered 5 million of its streaming Net media players because its launch back in 2008. The gadgets have handled to stream a full of 8 billion pieces of content in that time, impressive for a gadget that began out as essentially a devoted Netflix box. Roku recently introduced its third-generation hardware to market with the Roku 3, which went on sale in March.
The milestone is substantial, since it indicates that there’s a really genuine and expanding market out there for a gadget that basically just serves as a service layer for bringing online content to televisions, independent of what TELEVISION makers themselves are finishing with their own inbuilt Smart TELEVISION services. Roku revealed that it reached 2.5 million streaming gadgets in sales back in January of 2012, after having actually sold 1.5 million throughout every one of 2011. That indicates it managed to offer somewhere near 2.5 million devices in the UNITED STATE in between then and now, which is a marked boost from its previous annual high.
We’ve seen how this 5 million turning point compares with Roku’s efficiency to date, but how about vs. the other market? Despite the reality that Apple still isn’t really driving huge amounts of sales with its Apple TV items (specifically when compared with its iOS gadgets), it still offered 2 million in overall during the holiday quarter in 2012, up from 1.3 million in the quarter prior to that, and up from 1.4 million year over year.
Apple’s sale totals are international, but that still amounts to more than 10 million sales considering that the gadget’s introduction, and it offered as lots of gadgets as the Roku finished a whole year at house in the U.S. in a single quarter. Still, for a company without Apple’s advertising clout and environment of gadgets, Roku is certainly holding its own.
The Roku 3 is getting high praise up until now, and has actually streamlined things on the product side, along with narrowed Roku’s product line to a single gadget, which is probably finest in terms of assisting it concentrate its marketing efforts and prevent consumer confusion. However it will face new competitors from Panasonic, which introduced two brand-new streaming media players this week, both of which plug into the popular brand-new Miracast tech, basically AirPlay for Android, being built into many of today’s smartphones.
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Roku just announced via its blog that it has sold 5 million of its streaming Internet media players since its launch back in 2008. The devices have managed to stream a total of 8 billion pieces of content in that time, impressive for a device that started out as essentially a dedicated Netflix box. Roku recently introduced its third-generation hardware to market with the Roku 3, which went on sale in March.
The milestone is significant, since it indicates that there’s a very real and growing market out there for a device that essentially just acts as a service layer for bringing web-based content to televisions, independent of what TV manufacturers themselves are doing with their own built-in Smart TV services. Roku announced that it reached 2.5 million streaming devices in sales back in January of 2012, after having sold 1.5 million during all of 2011. That means it managed to sell somewhere close to 2.5 million devices in the U.S. between then and now, which is a marked increase from its previous yearly high.
We’ve seen how this 5 million milestone compares with Roku’s performance to date, but how about vs. the rest of the market? Despite the fact that Apple still isn’t driving massive amounts of sales with its Apple TV products (especially when compared to its iOS devices), it still sold 2 million in total during the holiday quarter last year, up from 1.3 million in the quarter before that, and up from 1.4 million year over year.
Apple’s sale totals are global, but that still adds up to more than 10 million sales since the device’s introduction, and it sold as many devices as the Roku did in a whole year at home in the U.S. in a single quarter. Still, for a company without Apple’s marketing clout and ecosystem of devices, Roku is definitely holding its own.
The Roku 3 is receiving high praise so far, and has simplified things on the product side, as well as narrowed Roku’s product line to a single device, which is probably best in terms of helping it focus its marketing efforts and avoid consumer confusion. But it will face new competition from Panasonic, which introduced two new streaming media players this week, both of which plug into the popular new Miracast tech, essentially AirPlay for Android, being built into many of today’s smartphones.
State bye-bye to the passé virtual aquarium. Animal Earth has launched a collection of 11 HD 24/7 Ustream-powered live streams under the banner Animal Earth L! VE, which feature pets ranging from beluga whales to cockroaches. The cost-free critter footage is currently being piped to APL. television and Samsung Smart Televisions Viewers can select in between watching ants, calves, chicks, cockroaches, beluga whales, fish swimming about in a pacific reef, kittens, penguins, puppies, sea nettles and wild birds. In case catching them on your clever TELEVISION or web browser weren’t enough, the cable network’s animal casts are concerning Roku and Xbox Live “in the coming months.”
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