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Twitch gets faster as it heads to Roku

Twitch gets faster as it heads to Roku

Immediately following an announcement about Roku functionality, Twitch revealed today they'd be reducing delays on feeds. Twitch's newest feature is an on/off switch that reduces delay on average by 33%, a full third, allowing streams to hit your eyes far quicker than ever before. As of yet, there's no drawback to the system Twitch has put in place, only positive. Why you'd NOT want to switch this on is a question we leave up to Twitch. Meanwhile we'll be plugging in the ol' Roku to bring back the gaming heat we've been missing for so long.

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TCL Roku TVs expanded with 3800 and 3850 Series

TCL Roku TVs expanded with 3800 and 3850 Series

TCL and Roku have announced a couple new lines of smart televisions loaded with Roku’s set-top box software: the 3800 Series comprised of three televisions, and the 3850 Series comprised of four televisions. With these, users are able to enjoy Roku’s software without needing one of the Roku boxes or the streaming stick. These join an already expansive line up of Roku smart TVs from TCL, which has been working with Roku for a while now. More details after the jump!

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Roku updates iOS and Android apps with voice search and more

Roku updates iOS and Android apps with voice search and more

The Roku app can do more than just toggle to the next Netflix episode, and with its latest update (for both iOS and Android) it can do even more. With the update comes Roku Feed and voice search, both of which were previously announced last month and are also now available on the current generation Rokus, including Roku TVs. Those on Windows Phone, as I’m sure they expect, will have to continue waiting for these features, as they’ll be coming on “a later date”.

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Roku announces Sharp as partner, Insignia TVs coming this month

Roku announces Sharp as partner, Insignia TVs coming this month

Roku may have unleashed two new streaming boxes for us, but that doesn’t mean they’re ditching integrated TV. Today, Sharp and Roku have announced a new lineup of Roku-ready TVs, which will hit Best Buy stores in the US and Canada exclusively. There will initially be two models — at 43 or 50 inches, both TVs will have a 1080p resolution and 60Hz refresh rate (native). Sharp’s Roku TVs will also come with the Netflix Recommended branding, much like the Insignia Roku TVs the company says are also coming this month.

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Star Wars Digital HD Collection coming April 10

Star Wars Digital HD Collection coming April 10

It's not yet May the 4th and it's definitely not yet Christmas, but it seems that the Force will be in full, well, force this Friday. Come 10th of April, the Interwebs will most likely be clogged when hundreds of Star Wars fans try to download and stream all at once the Star Wars Digital HD collection which, for the first time, brings all, yes all, Star Wars film in digital format, HD quality. That means you can enjoy all of the good and the bad that Star Wars has to offer, wherever you are and on whatever device.

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Roku announces updated search and set top boxes

Roku announces updated search and set top boxes

Roku has announced that some changes have been made to both its software and hardware. The updated software makes it easier for users of Roku set top boxes to find content that they want to watch. Roku has added the ability for consumers to view filmographies, availability, and pricing options they might not have known about before.

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Roku tipped to release two revised streaming boxes in April

Roku tipped to release two revised streaming boxes in April

It appears streaming video hardware maker Roku is close to releasing two new models, if a recent FCC filing is to be believed, that is. Fans shouldn't get their hopes up too high, however, as it appears these boxes are to be slight revisions of the existing Roku 2 and Roku 3 models. Other evidence is pointing towards a mid-April release, which means this is most likely a response to the Apple TV recently dropping to $69.

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Roku unveils new smart TV lineup, adds Sling TV and WatchESPN

Roku unveils new smart TV lineup, adds Sling TV and WatchESPN

In August 2014, news surfaced that Roku's TV platform would be finding a home on TCL and Hisense televisions, and this morning Roku announced the second-generation version of those TCL Roku TVs. There are a total of eleven new TVs spanning three new series, each of them tailored toward a specific kind of user and bringing with them the same general functionality. The 3700 Series in particular, composed of three relatively budget offerings, will be launching later on this month, while the other two series (3800 and 3850) will be arriving some time in the second quarter of this year.

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Plex updates its Roku app with sleek new look

Plex updates its Roku app with sleek new look

Regardless of whether you're a cord cutter, you probably watch your own locally-stored content, and you probably do so on multiple devices. Media software that manages it all while making content available in a convenient and easy-to-use way is the most common way to access and watch locally-stored shows, and while XBMC is a long-standing favorite for this, Plex remains the top option, and for good reason: it is sleek and easy to use, and available for many devices. Roku, of course, is one of the most popular devices.

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GoPro channel for Roku coming this Spring

GoPro channel for Roku coming this Spring

That Roku attached to your TV might be a lot more exciting very soon. GoPro, who have their cameras attached to people not watching a lot of TV, are creating a Roku channel. This “custom designed” channel is billed as a “one-stop video destination that delivers on-demand GoPro content to millions of Roku customers.” The channel will have the normal complement of high-wire antics and free-falling stunts, but also give people watching an idea of how it was done.

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