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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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Roku YouTube channel officially added

Roku YouTube channel officially added

Roku has added YouTube access to all of its current-gen set-top boxes, with the new YouTube channel working any any Roku launched after July 2011. The much-demanded streaming support will mean that users can finally retire the unofficial YouTube channels they've been forced to turn to in order to get Google's service on their TV.

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Roku 3 owners score search on mobile

Roku 3 owners score search on mobile

Roku 3 device owners who utilized the mobile app will soon have access to search on mobile, according to an announcement on the company's blog today. The same feature will then roll out to mobile users of older Roku players "in the coming weeks".

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Roku CEO makes fun of Apple TV calling it an iPad accessory

Roku CEO makes fun of Apple TV calling it an iPad accessory

There are no shortage of set top boxes on the market today. Some of the most popular come from Roku. About a year ago, Roku launched the Roku 3 set top box and it is one of the most popular devices the company sells. Apple is also in the market with a product called the Apple TV that has been called a hobby for the company.

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Roku Streaming Stick 2014 ready to battle Chromecast now

Roku Streaming Stick 2014 ready to battle Chromecast now

We don’t blame you for being smitten by our comparison chart between the 2014 Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI Version) and Chromecast. We bet it enticed you enough to want the HDMI version bad. The news is that the stick is now ready to ship, so if you place an order now, it should get going within the next couple of days.

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Roku overhauls app interface with update

Roku overhauls app interface with update

Roku has offered users the ability to control their device via a mobile app for a while now, and though it has received updates in the past, the look has largely remained the same. That changes with version 3.0, which was launched today for mobile users, bringing with it a completely overhauled interface.

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Roku Streaming Stick 2014 VS Chromecast: TV dongle battle

Roku Streaming Stick 2014 VS Chromecast: TV dongle battle

This week the folks at Roku have revealed a new Streaming Stick. This device was original released for a cool $99 USD back in the year 2012 - since then a major competitor has arrived in the Google-made Chromecast. Both devices look extremely similar, and the Chromecast costs $35 USD - how could Roku compete? How about with a 2014 reboot for $50 USD complete with a full-fledged OS?

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Roku to run Showtime Anytime app

Roku to run Showtime Anytime app

There’s an addition to the Roku lineup of apps this week, one that brings a wide variety of Showtime-based content to the smart TV system. This update brings the app called Showtime Anytime to Roku, this including TV series like Nurse Jackie and Dexter. This app includes a layout unique to Roku, one that serves up search and recently watched features atop a number of broad categories.

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Roku reveals plans for third-party themes

Roku reveals plans for third-party themes

Those with a Roku player were graced with a new homescreen for a while over the winter holidays, shaking of the typical purple homescreen with a bit of snow-themed color. If that temporary change served to remind you about how nice it would be to have a bunch of themes to choose from, you're in luck.

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DirecTV subscribers can now get HBO Go on Roku streaming devices

DirecTV subscribers can now get HBO Go on Roku streaming devices

If you are a DirecTV subscriber that has a Roku streaming set top box in your home, an announcement you may have been waiting on has been made. Roku has announced that DirecTV subscribers can now access HBO Go on its line of media streaming devices.

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Hisense H4 Series Roku TV eyes-on

Hisense H4 Series Roku TV eyes-on

The Roku TV announcement may have come a few days before CES, however the announced models were out sitting on the show floor. There will be a few manufactures producing a Roku TV, one of which is Hisense. Specifically, the Hisense H4 Series Roku TV that will include a 32, 39, 40, 48, 50 and 55-inch model.

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Roku TV unveiled ahead of fall release

Roku TV unveiled ahead of fall release

Coming out of CES 2014, Roku has unveiled the Roku TV. This has them taking a step away from set-top boxes and into actual televisions. This setup will offer users access to the full Roku Channel Store which has more than 31,000 movies and 1,200 channels. Perhaps a bit more important for some, the Roku TV will have the same simplicity that we have seen with the set-top boxes.

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