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Roku adds new streaming channels in time for the holidays

Roku adds new streaming channels in time for the holidays

Students and lots of other people have time off for the holidays. That means that many people will be sitting on the couch looking to catch up on some of their favorite shows or looking for new favorites. In celebration of time off, Roku has added some new streaming content to its lineup. The US Roku Channel Store has surpassed 2,000 channels.

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Comcast finally allows HBO GO on Roku

Comcast finally allows HBO GO on Roku

If you’ve got Comcast and a Roku, you might know the pain I’m about to describe. You find HBO GO via the Roku channel list, start to set it up, and suddenly — bam! If Comcast is your cable provider, that’s where it ended. You could find HBO programs via On Demand or the app, but that wasn’t quite as handy as your Roku. Those days are over. Comcast has announced they will be supporting Roku for HBO GO and SHOWTIME ANYTIME.

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Chromecast closes gap on Roku for streaming dominance

Chromecast closes gap on Roku for streaming dominance

If you’ve not yet bought a Chromecast, what’s stopping you? Google’s tiny streaming stick gets better all the time, and works pretty seamlessly with your existing apps (at least those supporting it). Not having a Chromecast seems silly, and you might soon be in the streaming minority if you’ve not yet snapped one up. A new report shows Chromecast as the number two streaming device in the country, behind only Roku’s legacy system. It’s even more popular than Apple TV.

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Amazon Fire TV Stick now shipping, out of stock until 2015

Amazon Fire TV Stick now shipping, out of stock until 2015

Amazon’s Fire TV Stick wants to keep pace with the competition, just like big-brother Fire TV. On both fronts, Amazon’s TV ambitions are to keep up with rivals like Roku or Chromecast. All three offer their own take on the plug-and-play TV dongle, and those who purchased an Amazon Fire TV Stick will soon have theirs in-hand and on-TV. After what Amazon describes as their “most successful device launch ever”, the Fire TV Stick is now shipping.

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Roku gets Play Movies & TV to duel with Android TV

Roku gets Play Movies & TV to duel with Android TV

Roku was on the forefront of making low-cost, reliable streaming devices for your living room, bedroom, or anywhere else you might have a TV and a shelf. They held sway until the Chromecast came in and knocked them off their low-cost pedestal, too. Unrelenting, Roku took steps to make sure we used their service, even letting us stream pics and video from our Android devices. Now they’re taking another step closer to Google, and will start offering up Play Movies & TV via your Roku.

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Roku now supports Android/Windows screen mirroring

Roku now supports Android/Windows screen mirroring

Mirroring your small screen on the big screen is a neat concept, but still escapes most users. If you’ve got a newer Roku device, you might be able to see your Android or Windows Phone on the TV. A new screen mirroring option has been added to Roku, but it’s only for select phones — and select Rokus.

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Tim Cook teases possible Apple TV improvements

Tim Cook teases possible Apple TV improvements

Apple TV is a pretty neat concept, and like others in its category, does its job well. Until recently, Apple has left Apple TV as a back-burner technology, which could have to do with the fact they were hard at work on a new iPhone and Apple Watch. Speaking to Charlie Rose, Apple cEO Tim Cook hinted that big things could be on the horizon for their TV division, and consumers who adopt it.

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Roku TV to launch on Smart TVs from Hisense and TCL

Roku TV to launch on Smart TVs from Hisense and TCL

Way back in January, we got our first glimpse of Roku's Smart TV platform at CES 2014. More than half a year later, that platform -- Roku TV -- has found a home on Hisense and TCL televisions, and will be shipping on a total of eight upcoming models in the near future.

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Roku app finally hits Windows Phone, Windows 8.1

Roku app finally hits Windows Phone, Windows 8.1

Roku offers several different set-top boxes, each of which allows users to control them through a physical -- if not simple -- remote control or through the Roku mobile app. For owners who run Windows Phone, the latter option hasn't been a possibly until this week.

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Chromecast use declining in US, research reveals

Chromecast use declining in US, research reveals

Chromecast, the tiny dongle that was supposed to do big things, may not be on track for dominance. According to a new report, usage of the Chromecast has declined overall. Though 6% of households in the US have one, less and less are using it, instead turning to other mediums.

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Roku, Kindle and Fire TV get NFL Now access

Roku, Kindle and Fire TV get NFL Now access

Access to sports content of various sorts has always been a sticky subject for cord-cutters -- those who eschew traditional cable for set-top boxes and video streaming services. For NFL fans, that issue has been addressed in part by the National Football League, which today revealed that both Roku and Amazon has become distribution partners for NFL Now.

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Gripes of a Cable Cutter (and why Internet TV will solve them)

Gripes of a Cable Cutter (and why Internet TV will solve them)

Cable-cutting -- the act of cancelling your cable or satellite subscription to join the ranks of occasionally holier-than-thou set-top-boxers -- is a slowly growing change to how many get their daily entertainment fix. Benefits abound for cutting the cable, and you've likely heard the tropes by now: lower cost, better access to content in the moment, and the reality that cable-cutting better fits with many viewers' schedules (if you're time-shifting all your shows around your work schedule, there's little point in keeping a traditional cable subscription, after all).

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