(Media and Entertainment)
Roku, Inc.
Apple TV

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Knowledge Identifier: &Roku



American, privately held, consumer electronics company that sells home digital media products add

Category: Business (10)

Founded in 2002.

Countries: United States (52%), (36%), United Kingdom (6%)

Main connections: Netflix, Spotify, Linux

Linked to: Netflix, Corporation, NXP semiconductors, BSkyB




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The company was founded in October 2002, by ReplayTV founder Anthony Wood add something


Roku introduced the Radio Roku Internet radio directory in August 2007 add something


Netflix - In May 2008, Roku released the first set-top box to stream Netflix's Instant Watch movies directly to televisions


On May 20, 2008, Roku announced the first Netflix Internet video streaming receiver box, the Roku DVP. The NXP-powered device runs Linux add something


In 2010, Roku revamped its lineup of devices: the revised HD is the basic model of the line, offering 720p resolution, 802,11g WiFi reception , and an HDMI output add something


Prior to Autumn 2010, three versions of the Roku DVP were available: the Roku SD, HD, and HD-XR. The Roku SD only streams standard definition content add something


BYUtv - In 2011, live streaming of BYUtv as well as on demand programs were made available through the iPad, iPod and Roku streaming player


In May 2011, Roku stated the DVP had over one million viewers and had delivered 15 million channel downloads add something


Angry Birds (video game) - In June 2011, Rovio announced plans to partner with & Roku to include a version of "Angry Birds" on a new model of its Internet-connected set-top box, the Roku 2 XS.


WhereverTV - Its 2M Maroc subscription service became available on Roku in June 2011 and its GreekTV service launched in August 2011


On July 20, 2011, Roku updated its product lineup with three new boxes, each in the same price range as before add something


Sunlight Foundation - In August 2011 the Sunlight Foundation launched a series of applications for Roku players that enables users to watch live and archived content from Congress, the White House, and the Supreme Court


HBO - On October 11, 2011, it was announced that HBO GO would be available through the Roku streaming player, though under the same requirements that a cable or satellite subscription to HBO is required


Dish Network - Also, in May 2012, Dish launched the service "DishWorld" on the Roku streaming player


On October 29, 2012, the feature "Roku Search" was added add something


On March 5, 2013, Roku announced the release of their updated media player, "Roku 3", with a CPU that's five times faster than the Roku 2 XS, and a Wi-Fi Direct remote in place of Bluetooth add something


PBS - On May 8, 2013, PBS as well as PBS Kids programs were made available through the Roku streaming player


On May 14, 2013, a updated software interface was released for second generation Roku units add something


Jackbox Games - The studio was rebranded as Jackbox Games in June 2013, and announced that it will continue to focus on developed social games for current platforms including mobile devices and home entertainment devices like Roku and Ouya


Now TV (UK and Ireland) - In July 2013 Sky launched a NOW TV-branded Roku streaming box allowing users to stream NOW TV content to their TV, and to view content from BBC iPlayer, Demand 5, Spotify and Sky News


On July 26, 2013, BSkyB launched a Now TV-branded Roku LT, allowing users to stream Now TV content to their TV, as well as being able to access content from BBC iPlayer, Demand 5, Spotify and Sky News add something


HBO Go - Currently Charter does not support the Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV, and Comcast does not support the PlayStation 3, Fire TV and did not support Roku players until late 2014


ITV Player - On 11 June 2014 &ITV (ITV_(TV_network)) Player was released on the Roku platform


American Atheists - On 29 July 2014, at a New York launch party, the group revealed an Internet television channel on the Roku streaming media platform, showing a 24 hour live stream of programming alongside an on-demand service


Netflix - Until October 10, 2014 Netflix did not officially support playback on Linux PCs, although the Linux-based Roku devices are supported


CBS - Announced on October 16, 2014 as the first OTT offering by an American broadcast television network, the service initially encompassed the network's existing streaming portal at and its mobile app for smartphones and tablet computers; CBS All Access became available on Roku on April 7, 2015, and on Chromecast on May 14, 2015


On April 6, 2015, Roku quietly introduced a new, updated Roku 3 box that looked almost identical to the last gen Roku 3, but contained some minor feature additions add something


The Roku 4 began shipping in October 2015 add something


On October 6, 2015, Roku officially announced the release of "Roku 4" add something


ESPN Classic - It is the only ESPN network that is not available on the network's WatchESPN app for mobile devices as a live feed, likely due to licensing restrictions for the archival content aired on the channel; the few live events it does carry are otherwise listed as provided by ESPN3 on WatchESPN. The network's VOD component was launched for existing subscribers using Apple TV and Roku devices through WatchESPN on April 28, 2016, likely under a modified license to allow content distribution via that platform


On September 26, 2016, Roku revamped their entire streaming player line-up with 5 new models, with only the streaming stick staying as the sixth option add something


As of November 5, 2016 the latest Roku software version is 7,2 add something


In June 2017, a Mexico City court banned the sale of Roku products in Mexico, following complaints by Televisa that the devices were being used for subscription-based streaming services that illegally stream television content without permission from copyright holders add something


In October 2017, the Roku software version 8,0 was released add something


Roku, Inc. - On October 2, 2017, Roku's stock price was described to be "plummeting" by TD Ameritrade's leading stock publication, MarketWatch - In November 2017 it was reported by Cord Cutters News that Twitch was halting the Twitch app in the Roku channel directory


During May of 2018, in an attempt by Roku to further purge their platform from pirate channels, users of popular channels like YouTube and Netflix and several other popular public Roku channels were greeted by an FBI logo warning them the channel was removed for piracy add something


Roku, Inc. - On August 8 2018, The Roku Channel became available on web as well


The restriction was overturned October 2018 add something


Roku OS 9,0 is scheduled to begin rolling out in November 2018 for Roku streaming devices add something


In January 2019, added premium subscriptions from select content providers to The Roku Channel add something