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  • Google Issues Roku A Takedown Notice For Unlicensed YouTube Channel

    Google Issues Roku A Takedown Notice For Unlicensed YouTube Channel

    There are well over a hundred channels on Roku, but YouTube is officially not one of them. There was, however, a homebrewed YouTube channel until a takedown notice was nailed to Roku’s front door. This station was posted by a developer later hired by Roku, which might have lead partially to the legal notice. Roku now says that they’re in talks with Google, which will hopefully result… Read More

  • Roku Now In Big Retail Stores

    Roku Now In Big Retail Stores

    Friend: So I'm thinking about cutting the cord. Me: Oh yeah? You should buy a Roku then. Friend: I don't know what that is. I only buy my gadgets from big box stores. Me: Well good news. Best Buy, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Fry’s Electronics and RadioShack now carry it. Friend: How much? Me: About $80 for the XD. Friend: Oh great, glad to hear Best Buy is going to carry it. I wouldn't have known… Read More

  • The Five Best Cord Cutting Devices (Plus One Bonus!)

    The Five Best Cord Cutting Devices (Plus One Bonus!)

    I hit a nerve. I seriously believe cord cutting is all about alternative services and not the hardware. Clearly others think different. My last post concerning the movement focused on three main areas with hardware only one small portion of the overall post. Why? All roads lead to Netflix and DLNA servers anyway. Nearly every box can run Netflix along with at least a dozen of other streaming… Read More

  • Roku Finally Adds Local USB Playback Support

    Roku Finally Adds Local USB Playback Support

    The Roku XDS is a fine streamer, but like all the rest of the company's offering, lacked official USB playback support. Sure, there's been unofficial channels for sometime now, but it's refreshing to see Roku finally cleared the air and released one themselves. This is big. Read More

  • Video: Experiment Shows Cord-Cutting Simply Too Difficult For Average Families To Grasp

    Here’s more evidence that regular people have zero time for things like Google TV, Boxee, and Roku, if only because they’re too complicated for their own good. Hill Holiday, a “caffeine-fueled ad agency,” asked five Boston-area families to participate in a cord-cutting experiment. For one week each family was asked to forgo traditional cable TV in favor of one of the following devices: Read More

  • Roku Hits 1 Billion Streams Served

    Roku Hits 1 Billion Streams Served

    Well, it looks like Roku has had a good year. They just announced that they've hit a pretty significant milestone; over 1 billion streams served. This means that they're competing with the cable companies, and gaining quite a bit of viewing time. Read More

  • LG's Smart TV Upgrader Is Kind Of Dumb

    LG's Smart TV Upgrader Is Kind Of Dumb

    Say you’re buying a TV – any TV, really – and you’re not quite sure what you’re doing. Say you’re in a store and the sales guy says “Well, you want this to be a Smart TV, right?” and you, not knowing any better, agree. Then he upsells this dumb LG box that simply adds LG’s Smart TV offerings including LG’s apps and some DLNA support. And… Read More

  • Roku Sales Double Following Apple TV Announcement

    Roku Sales Double Following Apple TV Announcement

    I wonder if we might be getting a little causation mixed in with our correlation here. Roku's CEO has noted that when the Apple TV launched at the beginning of September, Roku sales saw a jump. I mean, not like day-of (though maybe a little, since we gave the little box a big plug at the time), but since that time, sales have actually doubled. Read More

  • Roku Adds 1080p Streaming To The XR In Firmware Update

    Roku Adds 1080p Streaming To The XR In Firmware Update

    Roku has released firmware update 2.9 which includes 1080p support in their XR devices. There are a few other bug fixes in the release including Hulu optimization for all devices. You can download it manually (“To do so please select “Settings” option from the homepage, then navigate to “Player Info” and finally choose “Check For Updates”. Your box will… Read More

  • Roku XD Black Friday Deal

    Roku XD Black Friday Deal

    Get a jump of Cyber Monday kids, the Roku XD is going on sale today for a quite reasonable $79.99 $63.99. The sale started this morning as 12:00am, and is good though the end of Cyber Monday (11:59 on 11/29). Go pick one up now from the Roku website, and keep in mind that the XD is the model that offers 1080p streaming, enhanced remote, and the addition of WiFi N. Oh, and you can stream content… Read More