Finally, some decent live content on Roku that doesn’t end in 3 minutes. Livestream is now available in the Roku Channel Store, providing access to local newscasts, technology shows such as CNET’s coverage of IFA 2013, live sports events …
Time Warner Cable is now allowing subscribers access to programing via Roku media players without the need for a set-top cable box. (You will, however, need an authorized modem and internet service.) Using the TWC app, subscribers with Roku players can browse content by titles, genres, and favorites. There are also parental controls built into the free app. The Roku is actually the first TV-connected device to allowing streaming of Time Warner Cable television.
Warner Bros. has stepped into the VOD streaming fray with their Warner Archive Collection Instant service, intending to go head-to-head with established streaming video companies such as Netflix and Hulu.
If you’re a horror film fan with a Roku media player you’ll be happy to know the newly launched channel FrightPIX is now available to stream free-of-charge. The ad-supported channel (the second from Screen Media Ventures) features over 100 horror genre films at launch, with about 30 new films planned to be added every month. FrightPIX’s app for Roku is available to download from the Roku Channel Store.
Here’s more from CES 2013 in Las Vegas. Roku has announced the platform now offers over 700 channels of streaming content. And, this quarter the company plans to over a dozen new content partners that include Time Warner Cable, FOX NOW, PBS, PBS KIDS, Blockbuster On Demand, DailyMotion, Syfy, Big Fish Unlimited, and iHeartRadio among others. The addition of Time Warner Cable channels (numbering close to 300) will be the first time TWC offers it’s television programming through a third-party TV-connected device (although Android and iOS apps have been available). Time Warner Cable subscribers will be able to log-in through Roku devices and access the channels using their TWC username and password.
For $79.99, you can bring 1080p streaming content into your living room. The flagship Roku 2 XS is being discounted 20% off its normal price today at Amazon. See the deal here.
The 2 XS features over 350 entertainment channels, including Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, HBO GO, and Netflix. The XS remote also has motion sensors built-in, letting you play games with it, like the included full version of Angry Birds.
Roku has announced a milestone of 15 million channel downloads spread out among its base of over one million Roku users. Roku currently offers 225 entertainment channels while still expanding. Streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, Pandora, NBA GAme Time are available to Roku customers.
Here is the good news. The $99 Roku player will download Amazon purchased or rented movies the day of DVD releases. No more running to the video rental store only to find your movie is “rented out.” The bad news is, no HD mentioned in the announcement.
Roku released support for streaming high definition content from Netflix earlier this week. With the update, the Netflix Player by Roku can deliver HD over average broadband connections. The software update will be delivered free-of-charge to Roku players over the next few weeks.