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With its selection of streaming entertainment growing daily, Roku® Inc.
today announced it has surpassed 700 channels on the Roku platform,
offering consumers more made-for-TV entertainment than any other
streaming device. The company also streamed one billion hours of
entertainment in 2012. And with new channels launching this quarter,
consumers will have even more entertainment options from the best brands
and services in streaming video, music and casual games to choose from –
including Amazon Cloud Player, Big Fish, Blockbuster On Demand, FOX NOW,
iHeartRadio, PBS, Spotify and VEVO. In other news today, Roku also
announced “TWC TV Launching on Roku” and “Roku Adds New Roku Ready
Partners for 2013.”
“When we launched the first Roku player in 2008, it was the very first
device to stream Netflix to the TV and offered just that one channel.
Today, the content universe is vastly different with many content
producers and owners embracing delivery over the Internet and
recognizing the broad appeal and strength of the Roku platform,” said
Steve Shannon, general manager of content and services, Roku. “We’re
excited to say we have more entertainment choices on Roku today – 700
channels – and more importantly, we have the best brands in streaming
New channels on Roku span video, music and casual games including:
Blockbuster On Demand –With thousands of movies and new
releases to rent, Blockbuster On Demand boasts a catalog filled with
HD titles – including hand-selected movies with the highest ratings
from Rotten Tomatoes®. New release rentals will be available for as
low as $3.99, and Roku customers will be able to elect to receive
special promotions for even greater deals. Expected to be available in
the U.S. this quarter.
Dailymotion – Bringing more than 30 million videos, 10,000
premium content providers and unique content for free, Dailymotion
features a wide array of genres and original material from comedy to
sports, music and more. Expected to be available in the U.S., Canada,
U.K. and Republic of Ireland this quarter.
DISHWorld – The exclusive International TV content partner to
Roku recently launched three new East Asian languages – Cantonese,
Filipino, and Vietnamese. DISHWorld expands on the service of its
parent company DISH, the leader of international programming for more
than a decade. TV packages start as low as $14.99/month. DISHWorld
also delivers programming in Arabic, Bangla, Brazilian, Hindi, Tamil,
Telugu, and Urdu. Available now in the U.S.
Flingo – More than 70 new channels, including brands like TMZ,
A&E, History Channel, Lifetime, Transworld, Warren Miller, Fitness
Magazine, and CollegeHumor. Select channels are available now. New
channels will launch every month.
FOX NOW – Features all-new full-length episodes of hit FOX
shows like NEW GIRL, FAMILY GUY, GLEE and BONES as well as bonus
features and content including behind-the-scenes interviews, episode
descriptions and more. Expected to be available this quarter to
customers in the U.S. who subscribe to a participating TV provider.
PBS – Hundreds of videos from PBS stations, including episodes
from new primetime programs as well as the PBS archives, with new
national and local content updated daily. Programming includes
AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, FRONTLINE, MASTERPIECE,
NATURE, NOVA, SECRETS OF THE DEAD, as well as local favorites.
Expected to be available in the U.S. this quarter.
PBS KIDS – More than 1,000 videos from PBS KIDS television
series including CURIOUS GEORGE, THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT
THAT!, DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD, DINOSAUR TRAIN, SUPER WHY!, WILD
KRATTS and SESAME STREET. Expected to be available in the U.S. this
Syfy – Brings exclusive access to all episodes of the digital
series RIESE: KINGDOM OF FALLING and NUCLEAR FAMILY. Additionally,
webisodes, clips and behind-the-scenes videos from popular shows
including WAREHOUSE 13, BEING HUMAN and FACE OFF are available for
screening. Available now in the U.S.
VEVO – Features more than 50,000 HD music videos, exclusives
premieres, select live performances and original music programming
from more than 11,000 artists. Available now in the U.S., Canada, U.K.
and Republic of Ireland.
New Music and Audio
Amazon Cloud Player – Amazon’s music service lets customers
access their music collection, including any music purchased from
Amazon’s library of more than 22 million audio tracks, on their TVs.
Available now in the U.S.
iHeartRadio – Clear Channel’s all-in-one digital radio service
provides access to more than 1,500 radio stations and allows users to
create commercial-free custom stations inspired by a favorite artist
or song. With iHeartRadio, listeners can browse radio stations by
music genre and location. Expected to be available in the U.S. this
Spotify – Available with a premium Spotify subscription, the
award-winning digital music service provides instant access to more
than 20 million songs, top tracks and albums, and the ability to
listen to and manage playlists. Available now in the U.S., U.K. and
Republic of Ireland.
New Casual Games; Available Exclusively for Roku 2 XS and the Roku
Big Fish Unlimited – Features a growing catalog of games – 150
today with new games added every week – from every casual genre,
including Hidden Object, Puzzle Adventure, Match 3, Time Management,
and more. Expected to be available in the U.S. this quarter.
Danger Derby – This race track driving game features three game
modes – Arcade, Challenge, and Mirror – and can be played by one or
two players. Available now in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Republic of
Family Solitaire – The most relaxing and easy-to-play version
of Solitaire available on TV today, Family Solitaire is based on the
Klondike Solitaire rules, probably the best-known and most played
Solitaire in the world today. Available now in the U.S., Canada, U.K.
and Republic of Ireland.
The award-winning Roku streaming players and the Roku Streaming Stick
are renowned for their ease of use, selection of content and
affordability. Roku players start at $49.99 and the Roku Streaming Stick
is $99.99. Both can be purchased from Roku.com as well as from major
retailers. The Roku Streaming Stick is also bundled with some products
including the 3M Streaming Projector and select Smart TVs from Roku
About Roku Inc.
Roku is a leading streaming platform for delivering video, music and
casual games to the TV. Roku launched the first player to stream Netflix
to the TV in 2008, and today streams more than 700 entertainment
channels to millions of devices. Roku streaming players and the Roku
Streaming Stick can be purchased from Roku and major retailers in the
U.S. Roku players are also available in Canada, the U.K. and Republic of
Ireland. Roku was founded by Anthony Wood, inventor of the DVR. The
company is headquartered in Saratoga, Calif. For more information, visit www.roku.com.
Roku and Roku Ready are registered trademarks and the Roku Streaming
Stick is a trademark of Roku, Inc. in the U.S. and in other countries.
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