Roku finally coming to the UK and Canada

Posted on Nov 21 2011 - 10:48am by Robert

Streaming platform Roku has announced that consumers in the United Kingdom and Canada will be able to buy its player early next year. The company will also expand its platform to be able to support region-specific channels, so publishers of music, games, videos and other content can reach users’ TVs via Roku.

The company’s announcement follows the expansion of Netflix to 43 countries in the Caribbean and Latin America.

In 2008, Roku launched the first streaming player in the United States. Now, it is the leading streaming platform in the country, providing more than 350 channels of content, including Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, Netflix, NBA Game Time and Pandora.

“This year has been one of many accomplishments for Roku in the U.S. In July, we introduced Roku 2 which brings casual games to the TV and last month we unveiled the $49.99 Roku LT,” said Anthony Wood, Roku’s founder and chief executive officer. “We’ve added casual games including Angry Birds and PAC-MAN, as well as premiere channels including HBO GO. And now we’re looking forward to kicking off 2012 by expanding to Europe and Canada and providing consumers abroad with the best in streaming entertainment — a natural evolution for Roku.”

To make the service available in Canada, the company is now working with Synnex Canada Limited.

Pricing and a specific release date have not yet been confirmed, but as soon as new information comes to light, we will let you know.


via: Financial Post

2 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Rhyscurrency November 23, 2011 at 5:48 am - Reply

    The most logical answer to Netflix would be having three channels, Netflix US, Netflix Canada, Netflix UK. Those traveling would be out of luck as Netflix isn't intended to travel like that.

  2. FPOWER December 30, 2011 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    I would get rid of my atv2's for these in a heartbeat. More channels and less Apple dominated content.

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