AVOD Roku Channel launches in UK

Roku has launched its AVOD service, the Roku Channel, in the UK. The streamer is available to Brits via Roku streaming devices, Roku TV, Now TV devices and Sky Q. It offers more than 10,000 movies, TV episodes and documentaries with no subscriptions, fees or logins required. In the UK, Roku has over 40 content […]

Starzplay launches on Roku devices in the UK and Mexico

Starzplay, the international streaming offering from Lionsgate-owned US pay TV outfit Starz, has launched on Roku streaming players and Roku TVs in the UK and Mexico. Would-be subscribers can sign up for a seven-day free trial before committing to a £4.99 monthly subscription in the UK. The service is priced at US$3.99 in Mexico. The […]

Roku unveils OS update, brings voice commands to UK and Ireland

Streaming stick and OS maker Roku has unveiled the latest update to its Roku OS to roll out in the coming weeks. The primary focus of Roku OS 9.3 is a greater level of interactivity via voice, with the feature now coming to the UK, Ireland and Canada. With the new update, users will be […]

ZEE5 launches on Roku

Indian streamer ZEE5 has launched on Roku.  Available in over 190 countries and offering over 100,000 hours ov Indian video entertainment, the app is now available to Roku’s 36.9 million active monthly users. The app is now available on Roku TV and Roku streaming devices, adding to a roster that already includes Samsung Smart TV, […]

Roku CEO: Half of US homes will cut cord in “streaming decade” 

Half of US households will be cord-cutters or cord-nevers by 2024, predicts Roku CEO Anthony Wood.  Writing in his Q4 2019 investor’s letter, Wood wrote: “Millions of consumers, the biggest names in media, leading advertisers and global TV brands are embracing streaming. Moreover, new services and the growing investment in original programming that is exclusive […]

Roku announces Brazilian expansion

Leading TV streaming platform Roku has announced its expansion into Brazil. Announcing the news, Roku CEO Anthony Wood said that the country is “one of the largest streaming markets in the world.” Figures from Ampere Analysis seem to back this up, with it previously being estimated that Brazil is the ninth-biggest OTT subscriber market in […]

Roku expands licensee brands and launches ‘Roku TV Ready’ certification

Roku has expanded its range of licensee brands to 15. In total, 15 brands will launch Roku TV models in Canada, Mexico, the US and the UK in 2020, with the focus being firmly on entry-level and lower cost models. The full list of brands that will produce Roku TVs in 2020 includes ATVIO, Element, […]

Roku CFO Louden announces departure

Roku chief financial officer Steve Louden has announced his plans to step down from the role. The company said that Louden will help the company hire a replacement and assist in a “smooth transition.” Joining Roku in 2015 as CFO, Louden aided in the company’s expansion to become a household brand and transition from being […]

Roku TV to enter UK market for Black Friday

The first Roku TV-equipped TV models will launch in the UK next week, the company has confirmed.  The Hisense smart TVs, which were announced at IFA 2019, will be the first sets to launch in the country powered by Roku OS. The 4K HDR TVs themselves are fairly low-cost, starting at £329 for the 43-inch […]

Roku completes dataxu Acquisition, launches Apple Watch app

Roku has announced the completion of its acquisition of dataxu.  Initially announced at the end of October, dataxu will provide Roku with a demand-side platform (DSP), device graph technology, and analytics platform. Roku says that it also expects the acquisition will accelerate its ad tech roadmap and ability to serve a “wide array of advertisers”. […]

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