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Shine launches US direct-to-consumer channel

Shine International has launched Shine Now, a direct to consumer service that will make a selection of its scripted and entertainment fare available online. Consumers access the content via the Roku streaming platform. It is initially available in the US and the programming is either advertising supported and free of charge or priced between US$0.99 […]

BBC Sport launches on Roku in the UK

The BBC has launched a BBC Sport app for Roku connected TV devices in the UK, offering sports news, highlights and live action in time for this summer’s football World Cup. Roku said that the app is available for free to viewers in the UK using current-generation Roku players, including the newly launched Roku Streaming […]

Kids go OTT

As the gamut of entertainment mediums for children grows ever wider, Andy Fry profiles how over-the-top programming services are adapting their offers to garner attention, and attract eyeballs, from kids of all ages. In the last five years, kids’ media consumption has changed beyond recognition in advanced economies. The advent of OTT and on-demand technology, […]

Tubi TV enlarges US VOD offerings

A new US video-on-demand service, Tubi TV, has launched on platforms including the Amazon Fire TV and Roku. Microsoft’s game platform Xbox 360 will also carry the service, which comes from adRise, a connected TV content distribution firm based in San Francisco that works with companies such as Discovery Communications and ITV. Tubi boasts it […]

Amazon takes on Apple, Roku with Fire TV launch

Amazon has launched its much-anticipated TV streaming device, Amazon Fire TV, taking on the likes of Apple TV and Roku with its own internet-connect set-top. Available to order now in the US, the small US$99 box makes it easy for viewers to access Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service from their TVs – as well services […]

Roku launching first TV sets

Over-the-top set-top-box maker Roku has partnered with TCL and Hisense to launch the first TV sets with its technology built-in. The Roku TV models will be showcased at the Pepcom Digital Experience media event at CES in Las Vegas this evening, with Roku claiming that it now plans to license the new design platform and […]

Connected TV device sales to double

Annual sales of streaming connected TV devices, such as Roku and Apple TV boxes, are set to double by 2017 according to a new study by Parks Associates. The research firm said that worldwide sales of these streaming media devices will reach 330 million annually by 2017, roughly double their predicted sales figures for 2013. […]

Sky invests in US VOD tech firm

BSkyB has acquired US$2 million of convertible debt security in US-based distribution platform for linear and on-demand video, 1 Mainstream. Sky said that on top of the securities, which can typically be changed into equity or stocks, it has also concluded a commercial agreementwith 1 Mainstream covering the use of its technology. The California-based early […]

Roku adds Channel 5, Toon Googles

Streaming set-top box firm Roku has added UK broadcaster Channel Five’s Demand 5 catch-up service and on-demand kids VOD service Toon Goggles to its line-up of content. Demand 5 will be available on Roku boxes in the UK from this week and will offer a range of catch-up content as well as a library of programmes […]

Google launches TV streaming dongle

Google has launched a low-price TV dongle designed for people to stream web content to their TV set. Google said the Chromecast device is designed to “make it easy to bring your favourite online entertainment to the biggest screen in your house”, and is its latest attempt to break into the living room, launching alongside […]