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Roku announces 4K streaming with new TCL televisions

Roku announces 4K streaming with new TCL televisions

When it comes to streaming video and entertainment, Roku has been competing in set-top box market for some time now, but it's also making progress on adopting the strategy of Netflix and Amazon Video by having its service baked into televisions directly as an app. While the latest Roku 4 box introduced support for 4K content, the company has announced at CES 2016 that it's introducing 4K Roku TV built into new televisions from TCL this year.

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Roku SE cuts streaming to $25 (but not for long)

Roku SE cuts streaming to $25 (but not for long)

Roku has a new streaming box and it's the company's cheapest ever, but would-be viewers won't have long to snap it up. The Roku SE streaming player will be priced at $49.99 but cut to $24.99 for Black Friday, and offer - for a limited period of time, anyway - a more affordable way to get streaming content from Netflix, HBO NOW, and others.

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Time Warner Cable begins trial replacing cable boxes with Roku

Time Warner Cable begins trial replacing cable boxes with Roku

Time Warner Cable (TWC) has announced a new trial program that will allow customers in New York City and New Jersey to use a Roku set-top box instead of the company's own cable box. The service is a new extension of the cable company's TWC TV mobile app, which let subscribers watch live TV on their devices, as long as they're connected to the home WiFi network. TWC's goal seems to be moving away from leasing cable boxes, and towards letting customers get their subscription over different apps and devices.

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Amazon Video lands on Roku players in the UK

Amazon Video lands on Roku players in the UK

Roku owners in the UK now have another streaming video platform that they can choose from on their devices. Amazon Video is now available in the UK via all Roku streaming devices. The addition of Amazon video adds a variety of TV shows and movies on the device giving Roku owners more access to content they want to see.

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Roku gets support for HBO Now

Roku gets support for HBO Now

HBO Now is the network's somewhat new Internet streaming service that gives cable-cutters and non-HBO subscribers a way to (legally) enjoy HBO shows without having a compatible cable subscription. If you subscribe to the service, you have numerous ways to enjoy the content, but Roku hasn't thus far been one of them. Fortunately, that has now changed.

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Roku 4 is now official: 4 is for 4K

Roku 4 is now official: 4 is for 4K

With Apple's new Apple TV, the pressure is on long-time players in the set-top box market to start gearing up for tougher competition. One of the oldest in the field is Roku, who is now revealing its play with the new Roku 4 player. As leaked before, the box, which is now really more of a box than a palm-sized trinket, does support 4K video playback. However, that is not the only trick that this new dog knows, a set that includes an upgrade to the Roku OS software as well.

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Roku 4 appears in leaked photo

Roku 4 appears in leaked photo

Signs that the Roku 4 is nearing are everywhere, and the anticipation has sent some hunting for an image of the device. We've seen what appears to be the next-gen Roku appear at at the FCC, and now someone has managed to locate an image of the device on Roku's own website. The link has since been pulled, but a copy of the image remains, showing a device that eschews the common product design for one that is wider and thinner.

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New Roku model turns up in FCC filing

New Roku model turns up in FCC filing

It less than a week ago when a rumor surfaced about a new Roku 4 streaming set-top box model was in the works, featuring a flagship feature of 4K video support. Now, new FCC filing has been discovered, once again by Zatz Not Funny, that seems to give the idea much more credibility. The listing for the new Roku features a designation number of "4400X," and if this truly is the company next streaming video player, it's expected to be announced as early as October.

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Roku 4 tipped with 4K support

Roku 4 tipped with 4K support

While the news about upcoming streaming video set-top boxes have been dominated by the new Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV, there are rumblings that Roku is nearing the launch of an updated model. The Roku 3 made its debut bake in 2013, and while it's still a decent choice today, the draw of 4K video support is starting to attract viewers. Known tipster Dave Zatz of Zatz Not Funny says leaked information has hinted the upcoming release of the Roku 4.

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Disney Movies Anywhere embraces Amazon, Microsoft, Android TV

Disney Movies Anywhere embraces Amazon, Microsoft, Android TV

Last year, Disney freed its Movies Anywhere from the walled garden of iOS and made it available on Android via Google Play Store. Now Disney is once again putting an emphasis on the "Anywhere" part by spreading the app to almost everywhere. In two phases this month, the entertainment giant will launch Disney Movies Anywhere on several platforms and devices, including Amazon's, Microsoft's and Roku's. It will also once again dip its toes into Android by supporting the rather new Android TV version of Google's operating system.

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Roku gets Dropbox channel

Roku gets Dropbox channel

We’re not sure why you’d want to, but it is now possible to access your Dropbox account on your TV through your Roku. The most obvious use for this is pulling up photos to show off on the big screen, though you could also pull up those (short only) vacation videos. The Dropbox Channel is now available on the Roku channel store for those with the maker’s set top boxes, streaming stick, and smart TVs. It is listed specifically as a "Photo App".

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