Earlier this year, the Roku 3 was released to nearly unanimous rave reviews (including CNET's), thanks to its speedy processor, refined looks, and nifty remote with a built-in headphone jack.
Now the company is bringing some of the Roku 3's improved hardware and styling to the rest of its line. Roku has taken the wraps off three new budget streaming boxes: the $60 Roku 1, $80 Roku 2, and a refreshed $50 Roku LT. These new streamers replace the Roku's old entry-level models (Roku HD, Roku 2 XD and the existing Roku LT, respectively), offering less expensive … Read more
RealNetworks today gets into the cloud storage game with its new RealPlayer Cloud app. Available on a multitude of platforms, RealPlayer Cloud takes a videocentric approach to storage, and its success could mean a sort of rebirth for the arguably irrelevant streaming-media company.
At first glance, RealPlayer Cloud might seem like just another storage service, as it gives new users 2GB of free storage (US and Canada only) and offers premium plans that start at $4.99 per month. What sets this multiplatform app apart from other cloud storers like Dropbox and Google Drive, however, is that it is exclusively … Read more
Roku CEO Anthony Wood talked about the new feature, and his company's competition with Google, at the Next TV Summit in San Francisco on Wednesday.
Wood called Google his company's biggest competitor because of Google's extensive investment in TV and other connected devices. He said the key to succeeding in this market will be TV integration with Roku's technology, and Wood thinks Roku has the leg up on on Google in … Read more
A month after Roku updated its iOS app to allow videos stored on iOS devices to be streamed to televisions, the set-top box maker is extending the same functionality to a selection of Android devices.
An update to Roku's Android app adds "Play on Roku" -- a feature announced a year ago that lets users stream videos, music, and photos stored on a phone or tablet via a Roku device to a television. The functionality, which represents Roku's response to Apple's AirPlay, landed in the Google Play marketplace on Monday.
When streaming music stored on … Read more
The set-top box maker has added its first all-live-video channel, Livestream, which is designed to let anyone stream live video to the world.
In the online video world, content is bifurcated into live and so-called library.
Library content -- think Netflix as the biggest example -- has long been the easier hill for companies to climb. With the ability to plan, tailor, and manicure content ahead of its debut, purveyors of video libraries have the time to make online distribution watchable. The challenge there is largely in … Read more
When you bought your Kindle Fire HD tablet, you didn't know you were getting a Roku box as part of the transaction. After a fashion, anyway.
See, like a lot of Android-powered tablets, the Fire HD allows for mirroring to your TV. In other words, what you see on the small screen gets duplicated on the big one. That actually gives the Fire a big advantage over a Roku, as it allows for a lot more viewing material -- not just apps like Hulu and Netflix, but also browser-based content, YouTube videos, and even games. Let's take a … Read more
The PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 follows the previously announced 730HD and while it features a similar design, it now comes with the addition of an MHL port. Why do you need this? For smart TV in the form of the Roku Streaming Stick, that's what.
The PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 will retail for $999 in September, and in addition to MHL the 2030 has a few more features to justify the extra cost over the 730HD, including 1080p and an extra HDMI port. The new projector also has six built-in color modes and 3D capability, though the $99 glasses … Read more
What does it really take to cut the cable-TV cord? I'd say at a bare minimum, you need a Roku box, a decent antenna, and some way to DVR live broadcasts.
This last item can be tricky, but there's at least one product that does a pretty solid job of it: Simple.TV. For a limited time, and while supplies last, DealFisher has a Simple.TV, Roku, and Mohu Leaf bundle for $249.99 shipped.
The bundle includes a Simple.TV DVR with lifetime subscription (which normally costs $299 all by itself), a refurbished Roku 2 XS (currently $… Read more