AVOD streamer Roku eyes more content deals after Quibi acquisitions

AVOD streamer The Roku Channel is looking to strike more content deals following the recent acquisition of shows from defunct streamer Quibi, after unveiling surging usage of its service. Roku, which manufactures devices as well as operating online networks, said that the reach of The Roku Channel had more than doubled in the past three months […]

Roku buys Quibi’s short-form content in deal valued at ‘less than $100m’

AVOD streamer Roku has confirmed a deal to acquire more than 75 shows from Jeffrey Katzenberg’s defunct short-form streamer Quibi, which has been valued at less than $100m. The full range of titles that had previously premiered on Quibi will now be available exclusively around the world via the device manufacturer’s fast-growing AVOD service The Roku […]

Roku growth soars to 51 million users as Q4 viewing tops 17 billion hours

Streaming device maker and AVOD operator Roku has announced its latest milestone of 50 million monthly active users. The company said it ended 2020 with 51.2 million active accounts, up by approximately 14 million in 2020 and an increase from its previous record of 46 million users announced in November. Those 50 million-plus users are […]

AVOD streamer Roku nears deal to buy Quibi’s short-form content

AVOD streamer and device manufacturer Roku is nearing a deal to acquire programming from Jeffrey Katzenberg’s defunct short-form streamer Quibi. The streamer officially ceased operations in December just seven months after launching, following an admission in October that it had failed to secure subscriber interest and would be closing down. Roku has now emerged as […]

TBI Weekly: Six reasons why 2020 has been the year of AVOD

With an unexpected global pandemic and the roll-out of direct-to-consumer streamers from the US studios dominating much of the content-related conversation this year, it’s easy to forget that 2020 had been pencilled in by many as being the break-out year for AVOD. And while considerably more might have been written about DTC and Covid-19, advertising-supported streaming […]

NBCU’s Peacock fans out onto Roku after extended negotiations

A little more than two months after launching Peacock, NBCUniversal’s parent company Comcast has reached a distribution agreement with Roku. Roku and NBCU had been locked in a tense war of words which threatened dozens of the latter’s apps on the platform, but they have evidently come to an agreement. Central to the conflict was […]

Exclusive: Roku strikes Endemol Shine AVOD deals in US, UK

Ad-supported streamer Roku has struck a slew of new deals with Endemol Shine Group (ESG) that cover both the US and UK. ESG is rolling out three channels in the US via Roku, with Reel Truth Crime, DIY Daily and Wipeout Xtra all becoming available via The Roku Channel. Specialist true crime brand Reel Truth […]

Roku unveils new ‘live TV guide’ and slew of channels from A+E, ABC

Ad-supported streamer Roku is moving further to replicate live TV by launching an on-screen channel guide and expanding its roster of curated networks in the US. Roku, which launched AVOD service the Roku Channel in the UK last month, has rolled out channels covering an array of genres including lifestyle, kids, news and sports. Offerings […]

US overtakes China as home of AVOD, with global spending to top $53bn by 2025

The US has overtaken China to become the biggest spender on AVOD services, with global spending set to more than double by 2025. Global AVOD expenditure is predicted to double to more than $53bn by 2025, according to the latest findings from Digital TV Research, which also reported that China’s spending had dropped by 8.9% […]

DocuBay launches on Roku in US and Europe

Factual streamer DocuBay has launched on Roku devices in the US and Europe. The SVOD is now available on streaming devices produced by the vendor on the Roku Channel Store in the United States, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and France. DocuBay offers a premium range of documentary films including HD and 4K titles across […]

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