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cnet

10/31/13 CNET: Editor's Top Picks for the Holidays
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CNN MONEY

10/10/2013 The $50 Roku LT hits the perfect sweet spot of low cost and abundant content, which is why it is CNNMoney's Best In Tech for the set-top-box category.
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Consumer Reports

9/25/2013 Roku streaming media players, especially the Roku 3, have done very well in our tests of streaming media players. The Roku 3 is among our tops picks and is especially recommended if you're looking for a lot of content.
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cnet

9/25/13 In all, it's a solid update to Roku's lineup, with the Roku 2 standing out as a particularly wallet-friendly option if you want the awesome headphone jack-toting remote…the Roku LT will likely also remain an excellent ultra-budget option that's particularly nice for secondary rooms that get less use.
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Wired

9/25/2013 Since its release earlier in the year, the Roku 3 has been the little black streaming box to beat. Now the company has updated the rest of its streaming lineup with UI and design cues from the flagship streamer.
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Consumer Reports

7/1/2013 The company’s newest offering, the $100 Roku 3, makes a good thing even better, with faster operation, a more graphically rich menu, and a special feature that lets you listen without disturbing others.

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Digital Trends

6/9/2013 ...[we] see no reason to suggest the AppleTV instead, unless you have consumed an entire pitcher of Apple Kool-Aid and can’t imagine life without access to iTunes on your HDTV.
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Wired

4/17/2013 A powerful, cheap box that streams nearly everything. Search is now extra-awesome. ...Nearly flawless; buy it now.
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The Street

4/1/2013 The Roku 3 Makes Apple TV Look Like a Lame Attempt
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Business Insider

3/26/2013 The Roku 3 Blows Away The Apple TV
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Forbes

3/25/2013 Let me get right to it: I’ve been testing the Roku 3 set-top box for about a month, and can definitively say that is a nearly perfect product, and easily the best set-top box on the market.
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ars technica

3/22/13 Roku 3 review: A set-top box to trump all other set-top boxes. With over 750 channels available and a brand new interface, what's not to love?
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cnet

3/11/13 CNET Editors Pick: Roku's speedy streamer is the best box yet - The Roku 3's excellent new interface and faster processor makes it feel quicker and more responsive than any other streaming box.
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cnet

10/29/12 But in the back-and-forth battle between Roku and the Apple TV, it's another win for Roku, as Apple's box doesn't offer any cross-platform searching capabilities.
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Engadget

10/29/12 Whether you're searching by movie, TV show, actor or director it will sniff out related content across some of the higher profile services it offers, including Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, Crackle, Vudu and HBO Go.
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Venture Beat

10/29/12 For those of you who take advantage of the Internet when watching TV, Roku’s new universal search feature could be your most useful tool the next time you sit down to watch a video.
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examiner

7/6/2012 Roku 2 XD Review: “…a very solid BUY IT!””
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Buisness Insider Roku Review

7/9/2012 “The Roku 2 XS is our favorite box by far. It simply has the biggest content library around.”
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philly

6/8/2012 "Roku Rocks the World: If your heart (or lots of family and friends) reside elsewhere besides the U.S., Roku's just added streaming channel offerings from DISHworld could prove appealing."
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twincities

5/13/2012 “Roku. This is a top candidate... it's hard to go wrong with a Roku.”
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cnet

5/8/2012 “The Roku LT earned an Editors' Choice as the best media streamer for less than $50. It delivers Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant, Pandora, Crackle, and literally hundreds of other online video and audio channels.”
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Techcrunch

"I’ve always felt that Roku devices are the best general consumer media streamer and that’s even more true now with the casual motion gaming. Highly recommended…"
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techcrunch

"Roku just announced its fourth generation of media streamers and they’re unsurprisingly the best yet. They sport more features, an even smaller physical footprint, and the same Apple TV-killing price points as before."
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gigaom

"Roku just released the latest version of its media player devices, complete with support for Angry Birds and advanced Netflix streaming."
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digitaltrends

"With casual gaming constantly growing in popularity across all demographics, Roku is getting a jump on bringing casual games into the home theater with help from some frenzied, feathered friends. "
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ehomeupgrade

"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 and as powerful as they are."
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reuters

"There are many people who have an Apple TV but there are alternatives available, none more so than the Roku set top boxes."
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Venture Beat

"VentureBeat’s top 10 holiday gift ideas: affordable and fun gadgets that work"
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Time Magazine

"In all its forms, Roku's little slab is a cinch to set up and use."
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CNN MONEY

"The hobby is a hit!" declares one analyst, but a head-to-head review gives the nod to Roku"
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BusinessWeek

"Roku is doing a growing number of things—still simply and well"
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ars technica

"Roku's Channel Store offers what customers have long requested but cable providers have been unwilling to provide: à la carte service."
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Time Magazine

"…the decision to buy this is a no-brainer. One day…devices like the Roku box will completely replace DVDs."
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Engadget

"...as we've quickly discovered, it's pretty easy to learn to love this little hundred dollar bugger…"
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The New York Times

"This thing could not be simpler. I was watching my first movie six minutes after opening the box."
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CNet

3/5/14 With Streaming Stick coming in April and Roku TV slated for the fall, the company has a lot in store for 2014.
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Engadget

3/4/14 The godfather of set-top streaming boxes went back to the drawing board for the 2014 version of the Roku Streaming Stick.
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USA Today

3/4/14 Roku is the undisputed leader when it comes to entertainment offerings in its Channel Store.
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Wired

1/6/14 Roku TV Is the First Smart TV Worth Using
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The Verge

1/6/14 Instead of trying to win the war for controlling your TV, Roku now wants to be your TV... This lets Roku focus on perfecting the smart TV experience from within the screen, and ultimately winning your living room with the easiest and most enjoyable service.
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Forbes

1/6/14 Roku has one major advantage over most extant smart TVs: it isn’t terrible.
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Tech Hive

1/6/14 Everyone’s been waiting for Apple to presto-change-o its Apple TV set-top box into an actual Apple television set for years. Well, Roku just beat Apple to the punch.
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cnet

1/5/14 No one outside Cupertino knows if we'll ever see an Apple Television, but we won't have to wait long to see a Roku TV.
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Fast Company

8/14/2013 Sorry Apple TV, Roku is America’s Most Popular Streaming Box.
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Bloomberg

5/22/2013 This new model takes on Apple TV with a more intuitive user interface, 1080p video, dual-band Wi-Fi streaming, and the ability to search for particular titles across a number of different services such as Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.
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Men's Journal

4/12/2013 It's so fast, it's almost like you're watching cable (a compliment in this context). No other video streamer feels this quick...If you're in the market for a video streamer, this is the one to buy.
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Business Week

4/11/2013 So how has a scrappy little hardware maker held its own against Apple (AAPL) and giant cable companies? In a word: content. Building on its seminal Netflix offering, Roku has locked up deals to add 750 channels, including streaming versions of Pandora (P), Spotify, HBO (TWX), and loads of such games as Angry Birds. Most importantly, it won the blessing of Amazon (AMZN), which routes its On Demand offerings through Roku devices.
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Digital Trends

4/11/2013 At this point, there are few reasons not to get a Roku box in your home…
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Engadget

4/10/2013 To Roku's favor, it claims 43 percent of owners say it's their preferred source of video for their TV. It's come a long way from its start as a Netflix Player with more than 750 channels available including Time Warner Cable and HBO Go, which makes CEO Anthony Wood's claim that the ‘future of TV is streaming’ look closer than ever.
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Investors.com

4/10/2013 Roku was the first company to offer a device for streaming Netflix to television sets. Before that, people could only watch Netflix programming streamed on desktop and notebook computers. Since then, Roku has added a host of other content channels, including Amazon (AMZN) Instant Video, Hulu Plus, Vudu and HBO Go… Wood says the future of the television industry is in on-demand streaming.
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CNET

3/6/2013 So far, the new Roku 3 feels like a very polished update to a series of streaming boxes that were already excellent.
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WIRED

3/6/2013 Roku today introduced the new Roku 3 set-top box, and it promises to be the best streamer on the market. Your move, Apple.
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AP

3/6/2013 The ability to listen to video and music on headphones will probably be the Roku 3's biggest attraction, especially for households that already own one of the company's earlier boxes.
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USA Today

3/6/2013 Roku has been a big hit — this quarter it will surpass sales of 5 million units since the original Roku was introduced in 2008.
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Consumer Reports

3/6/2013 We've been favorably impressed with several of Roku's earlier offerings, finding that the Roku platform is among the best we've seen among standalone media players.
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TIME Tech

3/6/2013 It’s weird but true: of all the countless standalone Internet-TV-streaming boxes which have appeared over the past few years, just two have been unqualified successes. One is Apple TV. The other is Roku, which has thrived by offering a vast selection of stuff, driving prices down as low as $49.99 and otherwise not changing a whole lot. Its sheer simplicity is its strong suit.
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Popular Science

3/6/2013 Roku is one of our favorite, most indispensable little gadgets--a hockey-puck-sized gadget that plugs into your TV and gives you great, easy access to Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, Spotify, Rdio, HBO Go, MLB TV, Flickr, Plex, and a few hundred other apps. It's by far the easiest and most fool-proof way to get streaming content on your TV.
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Fast Company

3/6/2013 Apple TV might own the rumor-mill, and other major brands are starting to introduce Internet-connected smart TVs. But Roku, the first device to offer a way to stream Netflix on a TV, is still leading the pack with its portfolio of 750 channels.
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Streaming Media

3/5/13 Roku already had the best content available and with a new user interface, faster loading channels, increased WiFi performance and quicker video playback, the new Roku 3 is easily the best $99 streamer in the market.
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AdAge

1/8/2013 Roku said at CES that Time Warner Cable subscribers will soon be able to stream up to 300 live channels via its box, a play by the cable company to keep potential cord-cutters in the fold and another move by Roku beyond its essentially disruptive roots and into services for pay-TV subscribers.
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ReadWrite

1/8/2013 The TWC/Roku deal is another tacit admission from a cable giant that times are changing, and it may have to change along with them.
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Streaming Media

1/7/2013 Cable doesn't require a cable anymore. In a surprise CES announcement, set-top box-maker Roku announced that Roku owners can begin streaming Time Warner Cable content (with an account, of course) probably later this quarter. The move will bring 300 live television channels to Roku owners.
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PC Mag

1/7/2013 The [Roku Streaming Stick] is little different from Roku's stand-alone boxes, but the invisibility and plug-in convenience can be useful for compatible HDTVs and users with limited space.
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Video Nuze

1/7/2013 You gotta love Roku…In an industry rife with vaporous products, Roku has methodically rolled out new devices, partnerships and content, while keeping prices low and appealing to the masses.
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GigaOM

1/7/2013 The Time Warner Cable deal now marks the first time a pay TV operator is streaming live TV straight to Roku devices.
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AllVoices

1/7/2013 This new Roku app is the first that will let you stream cable channels on your actual television. The deal is significant, because the cable industry and the streaming TV industry have historically hated one another's guts.
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LA Times

1/7/2013 The new distribution partnerships, announced before the official start of the giant Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, are a sign of the mainstream nature of entertainment streamed via the Internet into the home.
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Variety

1/7/2013 While the authentication element will minimize the threat Roku conceivably poses as a low-cost alternative to the pay TV biz, rival devices like Apple TV or Google TV could face a distinct competitive disadvantage without signing similar deals.
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CNET

1/7/2013 ...Of course, that list leaves out every top tier TV manufacturer -- Samsung, LG, Sony, Panasonic, Vizio and the like -- all of which prefer to build their own smart TV suites and platforms. The irony is that Roku offers a far more extensive content selection than all of them, and it tends to upgrade and expand its offerings more frequently than the mainstream manufacturers.
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CNET

1/7/2013 You can imagine a future where smart TVs and boxes have all the major providers, and you merely need an account name and password -- just like Netflix -- to get your TV service.
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AllThingsD

1/7/2013 Roku sees itself as not just as a set-top box maker, but as the content platform provider for a wide range of smart TVs — which is why its app offerings, or ‘channels,’ as Roku calls them — are just as important as its hardware partners.
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Forbes

1/7/2013 While there have been a wide variety of entrants into the OTT set-top box market, to date the category has been dominated by two players: Apple TV and Roku.
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MacLife

1/7/2013 Suddenly, our Apple TV looks awfully lonely
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Venture Beat

1/7/2013 In an interview with VentureBeat, Wood said Roku owners have now logged over a billion hours of streaming content on their Roku boxes.
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Ubergizmo

1/7/2013 Roku has been receiving application support from a number of products like Spotify as well as support from hardware manufacturers like Westinghouse, and it looks as though cable companies are starting to take notice of the little media streaming box that could.
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Washington Post

1/7/2013 Roku also announced six new partners that will use its Roku Streaming Stick to instantly make their televisions into smart, Web-enabled sets.
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TDG Research

7/27/2012 Roku Gets a Boost from Content Providers search
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Variety

7/26/2012 Roku investment may signal News Corp. shift
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Wall Street Journal Roku

7/26/2012 Set-top Box Startup Roku Gets Media Money
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Investor’s Business Daily

7/26/2012 Roku Gains Funding As Rival Apple TV Gathers Steam
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Forbes Roku

7/26/2012 AppleTV Rival Roku Grabs $45 Million Round From News Corp., BSkyB, Others
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All things Digital

7/26/2012 Roku Nabs $45 Million From News Corp., BSkyB in Strategic Investment
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The Wall Street Journal

7/24/2012 Casual Game Company Big Fish Reaches For The Cloud
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Buisness Insider

7/9/2012 Apple TV? Nexus Q? Boxee? Here's The Ultimate Guide To Picking A Smart TV Box
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Yahoo Shopping

6/26/2012 Battle of the set-top boxes: Apple TV vs. Roku 2 XS
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Forbes

6/11/2012 Why Apple Doesn't Need To Open AppleTV
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Techcrunch

5/23/2012 DISH Rolls Out International Streaming Video Channels On Roku For $19.99 A Month
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Broadcasting Cable

5/23/2012 DISHWorld launches on Roku
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ABC News

5/15/2012 Graduation Gifts: Best Tech and Gadget Gifts For Grads
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Huffington post

5/2/2012 Mother's Day: 5 Tech Gifts Mom Will Love
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Cnet

5/1/2012 Five great Mother's Day tech gifts under $100
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Reuters

3/8/2012 Roku seeks funding for international expansion
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Market Watch

3/6/2012 Roku is in a sweet spot in shifting TV land
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USA Today

"Roku unveils its latest: Streaming Stick"
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Technolizer

"Apple TV, Apple keeps saying, is just a hobby. Google TV, to date, is a disappointment. But for tiny Roku, Internet TV is a success story."
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Associated Press

"Although it's still a small company, Roku Inc. has emerged as a significant player in the steadily growing market for Internet video since it introduced its first set-top box nearly four years ago."
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gadgetbox

“The thumb drive-sized device just plugs into the HDMI port on your TV and — shazam! — you have ability to stream videos, movies and TV shows to your set wirelessly; the Roku Streaming Stick will have built-in Wi-Fi.”
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USA Today

“One of the leaders in the space, Roku, has taken the notion a step farther. Roku is throwing out the notion of the box. Instead, stream movies and shows to your TV just by plugging in a stick.”
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USA Today

"Richard Doherty, an analyst at the Envisioneering Group, says that 25% of U.S. homes will have Internet connectivity through TVs or set-top boxes, or both, by the end of the year, growing to 50% by the end of 2012. "Roku was the first, and still the easiest to use," he says. "
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pc world

"Roku also beats Apple TV in terms of size. While Apple's new set-top box is pretty small, the new Roku is even more minuscule: it measures in at 3 inches wide and about an inch high."
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gigaom

"The new devices aren’t just about gaming, though. New video and social networking applications are being released with the platform as well. That includes a new, just-released Facebook channel with higher-quality picture and video capabilities, as well as channels for Epix, Major League Soccer, AOL and FOX News."
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engadget

"Roku has gone from a barely known streaming media box manufacturer to a retail darling in a remarkably short amount of time (the last hardware revamp launched less than a year ago) and it's back with more new hardware to continue the assault."
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Cnet

"Roku has come a long way since its initial set-top box launched in 2008. Earlier this year, the company announced that more than 1 billion content streams have been sent to TVs through its set-top boxes, which currently range in price from $59.99 to $99.99"
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Engadget

"Roku's line of boxes have come a long way from being used only to stream Netflix, and now the company has announced a plan to take its talents to casual gaming."
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WSJ

"[Anthony Wood] has a history of getting in on TV trends early, inventing a DVR in the 1990s at ReplayTV. Roku, founded in 2003, was originally a mobile game development studio but in May 2008 launched a box that connected to the Internet and streamed Netflix videos. In 2009, Roku started adding more content choices through its Channel Store, one of the first app stores for TVs."
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