Roku appoints GM and SVP of account acquisition

Roku has appointed SmartKem CEO, Mustafa Ozgen, as general manager (GM) and senior vice president (SVP) of account acquisition. Ozgen joins Roku this month and is due to replace Roku’s GM and SVP of Roku TVs and player, Chas Smith, after a transition period. Smith plans to retire and leave the company at the end […]

Wildbrain launches kids channels on Apple TV, Amazon Fire and Roku

Preschool and children’s entertainment company, WildBrain, has expanded its footprint by launching four new channels on Apple TV, Amazon Fire and Roku. The new ad-supported channels will include a WildBrain hub channel and three curated channels dedicated to preschool content, kids’ action and children’s drama franchise Degrassi. Other shows set to appear across the channels include Teletubbies, Tiddlytubbies, […]

Amazon ‘may scale back’ Channels

Amazon may be looking to scale back its à la carte Channels offering as new competitors enter the space, according to The Information. Amazon is scaling back its ambition to expand the service as Apple, Roku and Facebook all look to add third party content on their platforms, according to the news service. The tech […]

Roku rolls out premium subscriptions on The Roku Channel

Roku has started to roll out premium subscriptions on The Roku Channel, allowing US viewers to browse and subscribe to popular premium entertainment services. Viewers will be able to access content more than 25 premium partners, including Starz, Showtime, Epix, CuriosityStream, Hopster, MHz Choice and Smithsonian Channel Plus, with more partners expected to be added […]

NHK World-Japan launches on Roku

Japanese public service broadcaster, NHK, has launched its English-language channel, NHK World-Japan, on the Roku streaming platform in the US. NHK World-Japan offers a range of international news and Asian lifestyle content, including original NHK programmes and hourly news bulletins from Tokyo and NHK’s other bureaus around the world. Viewers can also tune into programmes […]

Roku reports 68% year-on-year increase in streaming hours in Q4

Roku reported a 40% year-on-year increase in active accounts and a 68% increase in streaming hours in preliminary data for the fourth quarter of 2018. The streaming company disclosed the stats ahead of business meetings at this year’s CES in Las Vegas, claiming that active accounts topped 27 million in Q4. Fourth quarter streaming hours […]

Roku to add premium services

The Roku Channel is set to offer premium subscriptions from Showtime, Starz and Epix by late January. Premium subscriptions will give potential customers the ability to browse all available content across the services before signing up, as well as free trials for all subscriptions and the ability to pay for all premium content in a […]

Horizonsports launches internationally on Roku platform

Nature sports and wellness video platform Horizonsports has launched on Roku streaming players and is now available in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, France, Mexico and various countries in Latin America. HorizonSports serves outdoor enthusiasts by broadcasting a selection of adventure races, ultra-trail competitions, mountain films, mountain bike competitions, triathlons, outdoor adventure documentaries, product tests […]

Roku starts shipping its wireless speaker in the US

Roku has started shipping its Roku TV Wireless Speakers product in the US in time for Black Friday. The speakers, the first to be made exclusively for Roku TV, will be available over the weekend and on Cyber Monday for a discounted price of US$149.99, after which they will cost US$199.99. “Sound is an important […]

Roku boosted by ad business and streaming player demand

Roku exceeded its third quarter revenue and profit outlook, driven by continued strength in its advertising business and better-than-expected demand for its streaming players. Total net revenue was up 39% year-on-year to US$173.4 million, platform revenue was up 74% year-on-year to US$100.1 million, while gross profit was up 58% year-on-year to US$79.0 million. Adjusted EBITDA […]

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