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Roku is the company that pioneered streaming for the TV.
The Roku is a small black box. Physically speaking, it will most likely be the smallest device sitting on your entertainment centre. It measures one inch in height, and less than five inches wide and deep. It is comparable to the size of a few CD cases stacked on top of each other. Despite its small size, Roku is a very powerful device for streaming online video to your television.
The Roku is a digital video player allows you to instantly streams high quality movies from Netflix and Amazon Video On Demand from the Internet directly to your TV.
When most people think about a device which plays video, they assume there is a physical storage required for the video. For example, to watch a movie on a DVD player, you need a DVD to insert into the DVD player. Similarly, to watch a video you have downloaded, you will need the video to be stored on your computer's hard drive. Roku has broken the jinx in this regard. Since Roku players stream video, they do not need a disc, hard drive, or anything to store the video. This is what keeps the device so small and simple. As long as you have an internet connection and a TV, you can be watching thousands of titles in a matter of minutes.
The technology is similar to YouTube. If you're familiar with YouTube, you know that YouTube videos are not saved to your computer. That would take up entirely too much space. Instead, the video is streamed in small compressed "chunks" of video data so there is minimal loading time. Roku downloads videos from various sources and plays them on the television screen using the same technology.
Roku devices are simple to set-up and easy-to-use. They come with a simple remote, and powerful features like Roku Search which makes it effortless to find what you want to watch. Roku devices give you access to 450,000+ movies and TV episodes from top free and paid channels, so you can stream almost anything:
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No. Roku does not charge a monthly service subscription or monthly equipment rental fees for owning a Roku streaming player or Roku TV nor does it charge for creating a Roku account.
Note: You will not be charged by Roku for any purchase without your approval. You can also create a PIN to prevent unauthorized users in your home from purchasing channels from the Roku Channel Store.
Just like your smartphone has an “app store” for installing new applications, you can access the Roku Channel Store on your Roku streaming device to add new “channels”. Channels are applications for your television; popular channels include Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, VUDU, HBO GO, Hulu and YouTube. Although some channels must be purchased or require a paid subscription, many others allow you to watch movies and TV shows for free.
There’s a Roku streaming player or Roku TV for everyone.
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Stream top free or paid programming from services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Google Play, HBO, SHOWTIME, PBS, and YouTube. Thousands more channels for sports, news, international, and kids programming plus broadcast channels like ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX. And major music services like Pandora, Spotify, and Sirius XM are available.
Sit back and let your Roku streaming player or Roku TV search across 100+ top channels.
Search by title, actor, or director using your Roku remote, Roku mobile app for iOS® and Android™, or voice search. Roku Search will tell you where your content is available for free or show you results across top channels ranked by price.