New Casual Games Arrive on Roku 2

Thanks to our friends at NewTeeVee we're learning that a few new casual games have been added to the Roku Channel Store. Most are only $0.99. However, after reading the description of what they are (list below), it made wonder: How fun is this platform for gaming? Really, you're talking about using your Roku's single XS controller [...]

Nielsen Survey Reveals How People Prefer to Use Hulu vs. Netflix

Kudos to Nielsen. The company has conducted a survey which reveals how people actually use Hulu and Netflix. Not surprisingly, people like watching TV shows on Hulu (73%) and movies primarily via Netflix (53%), which makes sense since Hulu is made up of TV network content (well, at least a majority of it is) and Netflix [...]

Roku 2 Gets 1080p HD Netflix Streams, Previous Models Won’t

With all the excitement around Roku's latest Roku 2 players, which features 1080p Netflix streaming with Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 pass-through audio, it turns out there was a small bit of disappointing news that didn't make the headlines. According to Roku's Director of Product Management, "these new encodings will not be supported on previous generation Roku [...]

Roku’s New 3-inch Media Streamer with Gaming Capabilities Is Here!

Wow, we all knew it was coming, but I don't think many expected Roku's new set of media streamers to be as small or as powerful as they are. Roku's lastest media streamer is 3-inches wide (the 2nd gen. Apple TV is 3.9-inches) and now boasts that ability to play games on-screen using its fancy [...]

Sneak Peek: Roku 2 Series Players

Looks like the FCC outed Roku's 2011 product refresh. The company's new 3000X (XS), 3050X (XD), and 3100X (HD) Roku 2 Players boast a new design that rivals Apple's latest Apple TV in its compactness. Unlike the Apple TV, though, Roku's new 2 series players are quite capable, offering up to 1080p video via HDMI, [...]

Verizon’s Flex View VOD Service Coming to Roku for Non-subscribers?

The rumor is Verizon is eyeing devices like the Roku player for reaching non-subscribers. My first thought was: "Wow, premium TV piped through an over-the-top player. That's cool." However, that's not what this is. Flex View is a cross-platform VOD service current subscribers can access to rent movies. Verizon, according to NewTeeVee, is actually considering [...]

PLEX for Roku Now Available via Private Channel

Hate the fact that Roku is not DLNA/UPnP compatible out of the box? Well, we do too. Luckily for everyone, PLEX, the biggest competitor to Boxee and the favorite media center solution for many Mac enthusiasts, has just announced that PLEX is now available to Roku users via its private channel selection. Essentially, you launch [...]

EPIX Lands on Google TV, Apps for Smartphones, Tablets, and Smart TVs on the Way

EPIX is out with big news. The company has just rolled out a new Google TV app [DEMO] and Verizon FiOS TV integration. The offering will give users access to 3,000 EPIX movie and original programming titles from partners Viacom, Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Lionsgate. In addition, EPIX has, or is working on, apps [...]