Roku launched the sweepstakes after a study it sponsored showed that watching TV is one of people’s favorite summer activities. 80% of respondents answered they’ve stayed inside to watch their favorite TV show, even on a nice summer day. 43% even came up with an excuse to justify doing so. Of those creating excuses, the biggest culprits fell between the age range of 18-24.
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Less than a week removed from its spinoff from Time Warner Inc., Time Inc. is already making a big digital splash. The company yesterday announced that MyRecipes.com – a top-five food destination according to comScore – will be getting its own Roku channel. ‘MyRecipes’ is the first example of a distribution partnership between Time Inc. and Roku announced in May.
“We want to connect with consumers wherever they are consuming video content and Roku is a leader in streaming entertainment,” said JR McCabe, Time Inc.’s Senior Vice President of Video. “MyRecipes is the perfect brand to launch this new partnership with its wealth of content and passionate audience base.” Read more
In honor of its sixth anniversary, Saratoga, California Mayor Emily Lo declared today “National Streaming Day” outside streaming-TV innovator Roku‘s California headquarters.
— Matthew Anderson (@mandersonsfca) May 20, 2014
The streaming-TV device, the first one to stream Netflix to TV boxes, has spawned many second screen advancements over the years, including similar products like Google Chromecast and Apple TV. Overall, about 42 million U.S. households have a TV connected to the Internet. Also, devices like Roku gave original, web-only streaming shows like Netflix’s “House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black” an important platform for viewing.
“Look, we’re not in the cable space obviously,” said Moonves. “There are already too many players there for us to start a brand new cable network. So we thought with all the content going digital right now, wouldn’t it be a good idea to do a 24-hour digital channel taking all the resources that CBS News has, and you were part of it in the not too distant past, all over the world. And there is so much information that we get every day that doesn’t fit into a 22-minute news cast at 6:30 or “CBS This Morning.” So we can do that. We can go direct digital. So that’s in the early stages under the tutelage of David Rhodes, the president of CBS News, and it’s an exciting alternative to cable news.”
NBC and Fox are the chief rivals in the cable news space, while CBS has been conspicuously absent. But a digital-only channel could give cord-cutting political junkies a viable alternative. More, companies like Roku, Amazon (Fire TV), and Microsoft (Xbox) competing to acquire exclusive rights to content could jump at the opportunity to host a 24-hour CBS News channel. Read more
Ahead of its potential merger with Comcast, Time Warner Cable announced this week that Fanhattan’s Fan TV set-top boxes are now available to subscribers for $99. Fan TV is meant as a replacement for current set-top boxes, and blends the pay TV and online streaming experiences in a more visually appealing way.
Fan TV debuted at AllThingsD’s D11 conference last year, but has since lacked support from major cable providers. The partnership with Time Warner Cable should help Fan TV secure more deals, both with cable service providers and streaming services. Still, Fan TV currently remains limited in its streaming content offerings. Fan TV users can, as of now, only access Crackle, Target Ticket, Rhapsody, and Redbox Instant. HBO GO and Netflix – streaming device stalwarts – are conspicuously missing.
Showtime just renewed hit shows “House of Lies” and “Shameless” for fourth and fifth seasons, and announced today that Showtime Anytime, the network’s second-screen on-demand app, is now available on streaming device Roku.
Showtime subscribers can now stream the network’s shows, movies, comedy specials, documentaries, and sports specials on their Roku player, which connects to home networks wirelessly, taking content from the Internet and connecting it to TV’s.
Roku side CEO Anthony Wood says the company sold 8 million players last year.
Last week at the inaugural Buzzfeed Brews event in New York, BuzzFeed Business Editor Peter Lauria interviewed HBO’s CEO Richard Plepler about “about the future of the industry, changes at Time Warner, and digital and streaming video’s encroachment on cable TV.”
At the event, Plepler also announced that HBO and PlayStation have partnered to offer HBO GO on PlayStation 3, with PlayStation 4 soon to follow. This is a big addition to PlayStation’s app offerings, and it will certainly help bolster HBO GO’s growing streaming numbers.
Roku has come a long way since last year’s CES, when it first announced the Roku Streaming Stick – a device that allowed consumers to essentially turn any TV into a smart TV. This year at CES, Roku has introduced Roku TV, its own line of hardware. TCL and Hisense will manufacture the TVs, but it will be Roku-branded and will encompass everything that makes Roku distinct. Read more
The cable TV industry may be looking at a big change in the future, according to Cablevision’s CEO Jim Dolan. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Dolan stated “there could come a day’ when his company stops offering television service, making broadband its primary offering.” Read more
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