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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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Roku scores Comedy Central channel with full episodes

Roku scores Comedy Central channel with full episodes

Roku has a new Comedy Central channel, and through it users can now watch a bunch of full episodes of different shows from the network. Some of the content available through the channel requires users to log in with their TV subscription details to prove they subscribe to the network, but other content is freely available for any Roku user to watch regardless of whether they have a compatible cable package. The channel is available now through the Roku channel store.

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Roku to start playing interactive, targeted video ads [UPDATE]

Roku to start playing interactive, targeted video ads [UPDATE]

Roku, makers of the streaming video device of the same name, have just partnered with video advertising firm Innovid, and together they plan to bring personalized, interactive advertisements to apps that run on the set-top box. They claim the ads will be accurate and "entertaining" — because who doesn't love a good ad — by enabling users to do things like play games, browse a retailer's current sales and stock, or watch extended product videos, all with the Roku remote.

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Roku scores Nickelodeon Channel

Roku scores Nickelodeon Channel

Roku just became a bit more attractive for parents (and cartoon-loving adults, we don’t judge). The company recently announced the arrival of a new Nickelodeon Channel, which will let users stream episodes from the network’s various kids shows. The channel is free to download from the Roku Channel Store, and supports both the Roku TVs and the set-top boxes/streaming stick. The channel includes some of the network's more popular shows, including Spongebob Squarepants and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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Showtime adds Roku, Sony to streaming service’s launch

Showtime adds Roku, Sony to streaming service’s launch

CBS recently announced that Showtime would get a standalone Internet streaming service akin to what competitor HBO launched earlier this year. The service, at the time, was said to have Apple as its first launch partner, but its exclusive designation is already over. Now both Roku and PlayStation Vue have been added as launch partners, opening the roster of support to a wider audience. The price will still be $10.99 per month; most of Roku's streaming devices will be supported, it seems.

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Roku rolls out Search, Feed, and new Roku 2 in the UK

Roku rolls out Search, Feed, and new Roku 2 in the UK

While streaming HDMI dongles like the Chromecast have stolen the spotlight, set-top boxes like Apple TV and Roku still have a large and faithful following. And as a treat for those faithful, Roku is rolling out updates to its software that it started more than a month ago. Arriving on all Roku players, including its own Roku Streaming Stick, are the enhanced Roku Search and Roku Feed features, which are also appearing on Roku's mobile apps. Plus, the new Roku 2 lands in the UK to give interested buyers a more affordable option.

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