Roku kicks out developers to give Dish exclusivity

Roku removed about two dozen channels from its channel store this week to give Dish exclusivity for foreign-language content on its platform. The move led to a backlash from developers and could foreshadow the future of online TV. But Roku insists that customers will benefit.

Popcornflix rocks Roku with 400,000 app downloads

Movie streaming platform Popcornflix announced 400,000 downloads on Roku today, which puts it right behind the big guys, Amazon, Hulu and Netflix. Popcornflix may not have the biggest blockbusters in its catalog, but it has something else going for it. The price is right: free.

Roku and Dish partner on new foreign TV streaming service

Dish and Roku have partnered to launch a new streaming service focused on international programming. The service, dubbed DISHWorld, will offer foreign-language TV stations targeting Indian, Arabic and other expat communities. And you won’t have to subscribe to Dish to access it.


Roku is making streaming media players that are great for beginners who want to give services like Netflix and Hulu Plus a…

Roku’s Canada launch imminent

Roku is just about ready to start selling its devices to consumers in Canada, and it looks like the company will concentrate on two models that will sell through Amazon’s local website. We have also heard that Roku’s boxes will be slightly more expensive in Canada.

Roku players go up for sale in U.K., Ireland

Roku is starting to sell its Roku LT and Roku 2 XS players in the U.K. and Ireland. The company is hoping to cash in on the launch of Netflix in both countries earlier this week, and possibly make up for weaker-than-expected sales last year.

The Cord Cutters holiday gift guide

Still looking for the perfect present? Then look no further: We have compiled seven gifts for cord cutters and TV junkies alike, and we are showing off three of them in a special gift guide episode of our Cord Cutters web series.

Roku boxes coming soon to Canada and the UK

Roku is expanding beyond the U.S. market, with its streaming boxes going on sale in Canada and the U.K. beginning in early 2012. That will add millions of new potential customers for Roku, and could help Netflix gain adoption in those international markets as well.

Indie movie streaming service Fandor comes to Roku

Fandor has been called the Netflix for indie movies, providing users access to a number of independent and foreign films they can’t find anywhere else. Now it’s taking another page out of the Netflix playbook, by building apps for connected devices, including Roku set-top boxes.

Cord Cutters: Multiple queues for your Netflix account

Have your kids taken over your Netflix queue? Does your recently watched list look like the broadcast schedule of Nickelodeon? Then check out this episode of Cord Cutters for a closer look at a service that promises to sort your family’s Netflix favorites into separate queues.

SnagFilms snags more films, lands on more devices

SnagFilms is rapidly expanding both its content and distribution. As a result, it’s announcing its first slate of fictional titles, as well as availability on more connected devices like Android tablets, as well as sales channels through DirecTV, Vudu and Amazon.

Boxee cutting down on clutter with app categories

Boxee will soon roll out a firmware update that will group its growing app catalog into categories. This may seen like a small improvement, but it touches on a bigger issue: As connected devices become more popular, content discovery on them will become more challenging.

SnagFilms Brings Free, Ad-Supported Movies to Roku

Indie distributor SnagFilms continues to find new ways to reach viewers in their living rooms, with the launch of a new channel on Roku broadband set-top boxes. Through the SnagFilms channel, viewers can now get access to 150 different independent movies on Roku set-tops.

Google Forces Roku to Take Down Its YouTube Channel

Playing YouTube videos on your Roku player just a got a lot harder: Google made Roku take down a private channel that brought YouTube videos to the device, likely because it violated YouTube’s terms of service. However, there are already negotiations to resolve the issue.

Cord Cutters: 3 Roku Tips & Tricks

Is your Roku just a box that streams Netflix? Well, it can do a whole lot more. In this week’s episode of Cord Cutters, Janko shows you how you can watch YouTube, enjoy locally-hosted videos and stream from your PC to the box itself.

Jesus Loves Roku: Televangelism in the Age of Web TV

The next Billy Graham or Joel Osteen may use Roku and other Internet set-top boxes to reach worshippers in the privacy of their living room. More and more churches have been embracing Roku in particular to compete with big mega-churches and their huge cable TV outlets.

Vid-Biz: Roku, Google, Sezmi

Today on the Net: Roku CEO Anthony Wood says sales of its broadband set-top boxes doubled after Apple TV entered the market with a competing product, Google poached Paramount SVP of digital distribution Malik Ducard for its content team and Sezmi keeps kicking without cable content.

10 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Roku

Want to watch YouTube videos on your Roku digital media player? Or how about giving one to your parents for the holidays, and then sending them family photos straight to the TV? Check out our list of ten helpful tips every Roku owner should know about.

Video: 12 Percent of Roku’s Customers Cut the Cord

Twelve percent of Roku’s customers have canceled their cable TV subscription, and many others have cut bakc on their monthly pay TV spending, according to Roku’s CEO Anthony Wood. Check out the video interview we did with Wood when he visited our office earlier this week.

Video: What’s New On the New Roku

Roku is coming to market with updates to its broadband set-top boxes tomorrow, improving the video quality and capabilities of its products while retaining the same low prices. The update comes as Roku tries to get out ahead of product releases from Apple, Google and Boxee.

Dyyno Launches TV Portal, Branded Channels on Roku

Dyyno announced today that it has rolled out a solution for customers that want to stream live or on-demand video to Roku’s broadband set-top box, allowing them to instantly build pages that appear in Dyyno’s Roku channel or build their own branded channels with its help.

Developers, Get Paid for Being On TV

Samsung and Roku are going to pay for TV applications that work on TVs, Blu-ray players and broadband-connected set-top boxes, with both running developer contests that offer up prizes for innovative new apps that were created on their respective connected TV platforms.

Netflix Made $1.7 Million On Sale Of Roku Stake

Buried in Netflix’s earnings call Wednesday were some details about the company’s sale of its stake in set-top maker Roku to Menlo Ventures.…

Roku Plugs Content Store Into Its Set top Box

Roku is cracking open access to its Internet set-top device to third-party content providers — adding 10 partners to its “Channel Store” th…

Roku to Add Amazon VOD

Roku announced today that it will be adding Amazon’s Video On Demand (S AMZN) streaming service to its set-top box as the…

Will Incumbents Stifle Innovation?

[qi:006] Earlier today, I spent a delightful hour with Vinnie Mirchandani, a well respected analyst in the enterprise software industry, mostly because…

Netflix-Roku Box Has Pushed 100K Units?

The Roku-Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) movie delivery box, which went out of stock soon after it was launched, has apparently sold close to 100K unit…