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PlayOn yanked from Roku over legal fears?

PlayOn yanked from Roku over legal fears?

You snooze, you lose; if you'd been holding off installing the PlayOn channel to Roku's streaming boxes after it showed up at the start of this week, it looks like you're too late.  Roku has removed the option over "the possibility of legal exposure" as neither they, nor the developer responsible for the channel, "are affiliated with PlayOn."  Those who have already installed it may be able to keep using PlayOn on their Roku streamer, but no new installs will be allowed.

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Netgear Roku XD Player official for $89.99

Netgear Roku XD Player official for $89.99

Netgear already has its own range of media players, but the company has decided to take the easy route for Netflix support and rebadge one of Roku's well-esteemed models.  The Netgear Roku XD Player is, unsurprisingly, the Roku XD with some new labels, which means you get Netflix and Amazon Video on Demand support (with select 1080p HD content), integrated WiFi b/g/n and a straightforward remote control.

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Roku Gains Content Partnership with Hulu

Roku Gains Content Partnership with Hulu

Today, Roku has officially announced that Hulu is coming to the Roku media streaming devices available in the market. It will be made available in the Hulu Plus variant, which means that if you want to get your hands on the media streaming service, you'll have to drop some money every month. But, the additional service to the media streaming set-top box does indeed put a new twist on the at-home media streaming services, and puts some question marks over the other set-top boxes available to consumers.

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Roku HD, XD and XDS streamers get refreshed: from $59.99, wireless across the board

Roku HD, XD and XDS streamers get refreshed: from $59.99, wireless across the board

Roku has updated its line-up of on-demand media streamers, with the $59.99 Roku HD, $79.99 Roku XD with WiFi-N and 1080p, and the flagship $99.99 Roku XDS with dual-band wireless.  Delivering Netflix, Amazon Video On Demand and other video content - together with audio from Pandora, MP3tunes, MOG and RadioTime, and pictures from Flickr and Facebook - the XD and XDS versions will also get Instant Replay for skipping back through video without waiting for it to rebuffer.

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MP3Tunes and Roku Team Up to Bring Your Music Out of the iTunes Library

MP3Tunes and Roku Team Up to Bring Your Music Out of the iTunes Library

Let's face it. There's plenty of folks out there that love iTunes, but don't have an iPod, or some other iDevice. Not that there's a problem playing your iTunes library somewhere else, considering all of the music is now DRM-free, but there's still that desire to get that music to as many places as possible. So how about your TV? Well, if you've got a Roku Box, then you'll soon be free and clear to enjoy all of your music right from your TV.

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Google TV: Good Idea, Poor Initial Execution

Google TV: Good Idea, Poor Initial Execution

At last week’s Google I/O conference, the search giant revealed plans for new web video technologies, an update to Android, and Google TV. Before we get into what Google TV is, it’s worth noting something that it isn’t – a tablet. (You’re probably thinking, “I don’t need a fancy analyst guy to tell me that Google TV isn’t a tablet, it’s sort of self-evident.” Bear with me.) Apple’s unbelievable early success with the iPad is due in large part to the fact that the iPad isn’t an entirely new product – it’s a sibling to the iPod touch. However, in addition to extending the iPhone/iPod/iTunes ecosystem to include the iPad, Apple rewrote its apps for the larger form factor and encouraged developers to specifically target the iPad with a segmented app store. Google is now targeting all three screens, the PC, TV, and phone, but missed the opportunity at its annual developer event to promote its vision for things that fit in between the phone and PC. There will be dozens of Android tablets out this year, and none of them will have an optimized experience. I think this is a major missed opportunity.

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