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Roku YouTube channel official with Send to TV

Roku YouTube channel official with Send to TV

Starting today, users of the newest wave of Roku devices will be able to access a real live YouTube channel. This long-awaited feature has been appearing through 3rd party services for some time - with Plex, for example - but has just appeared as an official channel on its own here on the 17th of December, 2013. Google itself set up this relative surprise of a release with little to no warning beforehand.

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TiVo founders create “QPlay” streaming media TV adapter

TiVo founders create “QPlay” streaming media TV adapter

The original founders of TiVo are starting a new business venture called QPlay. It's an adapter for streaming TV reminiscent of the plug-and-play ease of Google's Chromecast dongle and app set, but with the all-under-one-roof simplicity of a set-top box. Plug the QPlay box into your HDTV, plug the USB-connected power cord into a wall outlet, fire-on your -- iPad only, apparently -- and you're ready to stream some video and Internet TV from a variety of services, which will possibly include Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, YouTube, and so on.

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Roku set-top boxes to get live Disney and ESPN content

Roku set-top boxes to get live Disney and ESPN content

Roku offers a popular line of set-top box hardware that allows users to stream all sorts of digital content to their televisions. Roku announced today that it has a new content deal in place with Disney and ESPN Media Networks. This content deal delivers live programming, events, and video via the Roku streaming platform from both Disney and ESPN channels.

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Netflix rolls out overhauled interface on Roku 3, Xbox 360, Smart TVs and more

Netflix rolls out overhauled interface on Roku 3, Xbox 360, Smart TVs and more

Netflix has revealed a new overhauled interface design that is intended for those who watch the service on a television. With these changes comes a more pronounced focus on shows, with large images next to show descriptions, ratings, and other particulars. The new design will be rolling out to multiple devices at the same time, marking a first for the video streaming service.

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Firefox screen mirroring in the works: still an experiment

Firefox screen mirroring in the works: still an experiment

With the likes of Google's Chromecast selling of shelves for lack of a reason not to drop a few bucks on the concept, iterations of the idea like Mozilla's upcoming second-screen support for Firefox are popping up left and right. What we're seeing here is a very small and early version of what may be coming from Firefox web browsers in the future - the show you're seeing put on here comes from Mark Finkle of Mozilla, mirroring a Firefox web browser window on an Android device to a Roku on his large-screen TV.

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Roku 1 and Roku 2 media players launch along with M-Go movie and TV store

Roku 1 and Roku 2 media players launch along with M-Go movie and TV store

Roku has officially announced its new family of streaming media players including some updated units and a couple of brand-new offerings. The new family simplifies the naming system that Roku uses with the new family of media players including the Roku 1, Roku 2, Roku 3, and Roku LT. The Roku LT is the entry-level player, but it has also been updated.

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Roku enhances Android app with Play on Roku video streaming

Roku enhances Android app with Play on Roku video streaming

Roku has just announced that its Roku Android app has just gotten a new talent: streaming videos from phones to TVs via the Play on Roku feature. The update comes just a month after Roku announced the addition of video streaming to its iOS app, promising an Android version for selected devices to come later.

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Barnes & Noble NOOK Video app arrives on iOS, Android, and Roku

Barnes & Noble NOOK Video app arrives on iOS, Android, and Roku

Every big internet company has a movie and TV show store it seems, and Barnes & Noble certainly doesn't have a problem joining in on the already-saturated market. The company announced NOOK Video almost a year ago, and they're just now bringing the service to iOS, Android, and Roku streaming devices for free.

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Roku updates iOS app with video streaming feature

Roku updates iOS app with video streaming feature

Roku has been busy with the updates lately, having released Redbox Instant in its channel store earlier this month, and now rolling out an update for its iOS app. With the mobile update comes a new feature for Play on Roku, which was first seen back in late 2012: video streaming. There's no mention of the feature coming to Android.

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Roku players and Streaming Stick gain Redbox Instant support

Roku players and Streaming Stick gain Redbox Instant support

Shortly after it was revealed that Redbox Instant will be coming to Chromecast, Roku has announced that the service is now available on most of its devices including the Streaming Stick. For those unfamiliar, Redbox Instant is the Netflix-esque video streaming service that accompanies the red DVD-dispensing boxes found in many stores.

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Roku Streaming Stick getting new remote with audio out, according to FCC

Roku Streaming Stick getting new remote with audio out, according to FCC

Roku recently introduced a new remote for the Roku 3 that comes with a headphone jack on the side to watch shows and movies in private without bothering anyone else around. It appears that this same remote will be coming to Roku's Streaming Stick, according to an FCC filing that details that new clicker.

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Roku looks outside the box as funds are pushed towards TV integration

Roku looks outside the box as funds are pushed towards TV integration

Roku is a high-selling little set top box that brings a variety of content platforms, such as Netflix and Vudu, to its users' televisions, giving them smart TV-like functionality sans actually being a smart TV. On April 10, Roku announced that it had sold 5 million players, and now the company's CEO has spoken with The Hollywood Reporter, sharing his vision of the company's future.

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