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Roku adds 10 new content channels

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 23 Nov 2009 14:32 User comments (11)

Roku adds 10 new content channels Roku has announced the addition of 10 new content channels, giving users more options than the current Netflix, Amazon VOD and MLB TV lineup.
The new channels are Blip.tv, Facebook Photos, Flickr, FrameChannel, Mediafly, MobileTribe, Motionbox, Pandora, Revision3, and TWiT. Each will be available through the newly updated Roku Channel Store interface via their set-top boxes.

The interface will be similar to App Stores, where Roku box owners can choose which apps they want. From there, the content will be sorted as "new," "most popular" and "top-rated."

The firmware update is being rolled out now and should take about two weeks to reach all users.

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11 user comments

123.11.2009 15:56

No updates for me yet, but I like free new content so this is good news for me

223.11.2009 18:40

Is it any good, I've never sampled Roku.

323.11.2009 20:44

Originally posted by Mombasa69:
Is it any good, I've never sampled Roku.
My review from earlier in the year. Will update when I get the new firmware.

423.11.2009 20:57

Originally posted by Mombasa69:
Is it any good, I've never sampled Roku.
It works well for my needs. I already had a NetFlix account and thought it would be convenient to streams some movies into the bedroom. It's small, simple, unobtrusive and works well. At the price point when I bought it, it was and still is worth the investment, and the new channels are a nice addition. For the living room however, with the price drop in Blu-Ray players with BD-Live that already stream NetFlix and some with Pandora, that seems like a better investment.

523.11.2009 23:11

Can't wait for the day Roku box will stream my (Divx/mkv/avi/mp3) stuff from my network!!


I've been trying to connect PC's to TV for years and havn't found a good inexpensive way yet. Media Center PC limited, Blu-ray player like LG does good job but too expensive (its 2009 Discs are thing of the past IMO), home built low power media center box too much work.

Roku got everything, Ethernet, HDMI, Wireless and very good price!!

624.11.2009 7:26
atomicxl
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Originally posted by zdiggler:
Can't wait for the day Roku box will stream my (Divx/mkv/avi/mp3) stuff from my network!!


I've been trying to connect PC's to TV for years and havn't found a good inexpensive way yet. Media Center PC limited, Blu-ray player like LG does good job but too expensive (its 2009 Discs are thing of the past IMO), home built low power media center box too much work.

Roku got everything, Ethernet, HDMI, Wireless and very good price!!
You should buy that Western Digital thing. In all fairness though, it really isn't that hard to connect a PC to a TV. The additional costs is like $4 for a HDMI cable or $8 for a VGA one and a headphone cord.

724.11.2009 7:48

WDC thing is stupid and limited, it doesn't have Ethernet. My $30 Phillip DVD player already does all that and more. Right now my hacked tivo will stream divx from my computer but not natively, it needs to convert on host to tivo format first then stream.

By connect I don't mean to use my TV as monitor, been doing that from Canopus Video card days.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 24 Nov 2009 @ 7:50

825.11.2009 0:08

I got mine today, just try update a few time.

925.11.2009 0:32

Originally posted by zdiggler:
WDC thing is stupid and limited, it doesn't have Ethernet. My $30 Phillip DVD player already does all that and more. Right now my hacked tivo will stream divx from my computer but not natively, it needs to convert on host to tivo format first then stream.

By connect I don't mean to use my TV as monitor, been doing that from Canopus Video card days.
You do know that WDTV Live does have an ethernet port. Here's the link in case you missed it http://www.afterdawn.com/news/archive/19893.cfm
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 25 Nov 2009 @ 0:38

1025.11.2009 0:36

Thanks.

I know what I'm getting for xmas.

1128.11.2009 20:42
rick5446
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I've got the WD Live Media and it's a fantastic little unit
Easy swap HDDs I keep three 500gig HDD loaded at all times
1 for TV Shows, 1 for Blu-ray, 1 for DivX Movies
The WD Passport HDD are great with just a USB for power and viewing
Ease of disconnect both the wd player and computer, transfers are a little slow, but they do the job

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