Roku cues major channel expansion for UK
Roku has expanded its channel offering in the US and UK with additional video, music and casual gaming services, including Dailymotion, Time Warner Cable and Spotify.
In the US, Roku now boasts more than 700 channels over its streaming box.
In the UK, Roku streaming players now offer 300 channels, including on-demand films and TV, live and on-demand sports, and other entertainment content.
"When we launched the first Roku player in 2008, it was the very first device to stream Netflix to the TV and offered just that one channel. Today, the content universe is vastly different, with many content producers and owners embracing delivery over the Internet and recognising the broad appeal and strength of the Roku platform," said Steve Shannon, general manager of content and services.
Roku has added two new video feeds in the UK, which will also be available in the US and other markets. Dailymotion brings more than 30 million videos, 10,000 premium content providers and unique content for free, featuring a wide array of genres and original material from comedy to sports and music. It will be available in the US, Canada, UK and Republic of Ireland this quarter.
VEVO meanwhile features over 50,000 HD music videos, exclusives premieres, select live performances and original music programming from more than 11,000 artists. It is currently available in the US, Canada, UK and Republic of Ireland.
In the realm of games, Danger Derby and Family Solitaire have joined the line-up, while Spotify has joined the music services.
Additionally in the US, Roku has also added Blockbuster On Demand, FOX Now, PBS and PBS Kids, Syfy, Flingo, DISHWorld and Time Warner Cable content to the video stable, Amazon Cloud Player and iHeartRadio in music, and Big Fish Unlimited in games.
Roku said that it streamed over a billion hours of video worldwide in 2012.