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Saban and Roku have signed a new streaming deal.

Several of Saban Films’ theatrical features will be available to stream for free on Roku Channel within three months of their theatrical release. The first movie to be included in the new deal is Echo Boomers, the Patrick Schwarzenegger-starring crime drama in which a bunch of debt-ridden college graduates decide to rob rich people. Read More »

Roku Originals

Remember Quibi? It was a magical streaming service where everything was very short! Also, it failed miserably. In January, Roku picked up the library of Quibi titles, but rather than keep the Quibi name, Roku is rebranding everything they purchased as Roku Originals. And thus I think we can finally drive the final nail into Quibi’s coffin. So long, Quibi. You tried your best.

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Roku Buying Quibi Shows

Roku has officially bought the exclusive global streaming rights to Quibi‘s bite-sized portfolio. That includes the dozens of TV shows starring the likes of Idris Elba, Kevin Hart, Liam Hemsworth, and Anna Kendrick, and developed by filmmakers such as Guillermo del Toro and Steven Spielberg. Dozens!

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Roku Buying Quibi Shows

After launching earlier this year, the short-form streaming service Quibi shut down after just six months on the market. However, all the original programming created for the on-the-go entertainment hub is about to get a new home.

Roku, the most popular streaming media player in the United States, is trying to build their library of content by entering advanced talks to become the exclusive home for Quibi’s offerings. All of Quibi’s movies and shows would be available to stream through the Roku Channel, helping the streaming beef up their content with a collection of original programming not available anywhere else. Read More »

HBO Max coming to Roku

Nearly seven months after the HBO Max streaming service debuted, the company has finally signed a deal which allows Roku users to access it through that platform. After a prolonged behind-the-scenes battle, and with the HBO Max debut of Wonder Woman 1984 just a few days away, HBO Max will be live on Roku devices starting tomorrow – Thursday, December 17, 2020. Here’s how you’ll be able to get it.
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HBO Max is Somehow Still in a Stalemate With Roku

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Is HBO Max on Roku yet? It’s the resounding question that has followed the WarnerMedia streaming service since it launched in May, and the answer will be “no” for quite a bit longer. Despite the looming debut of Warner Bros.’ biggest theatrical movies on HBO Max, WarnerMedia and Roku are still at a standstill regarding HBO Max’s launch on the streaming device. And neither are showing any signs of budging.

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peacock on roku

Some Peacock news for all you Peacock-heads out here. The free streaming service (there’s a premium version, too, but come on, you only care about the free one and you know it) is finally coming to digital media player Roku. It’s also bringing Mr. Mercedes, the TV series based on Stephen King’s Bill Hodges trilogy, along with it. The first two seasons of Mr. Mercedes will be available to stream via Peacock in October.

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quibi free trial

It’s taken a bit longer than a “quick bite” for Quibi to be made available on TV-connected platforms. The mobile-only streaming platform, which made its ill-timed debut right in the middle of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, was intended for the commuter — for phone-dependent millennials to watch on the subway or in the office bathroom stall. But when the pandemic hit, Quibi’s targeted demographic found themselves stuck at home and unable to play the mobile platform’s line-up of star-studded original shows on their TVs. Quibi, which apparently always planned to eventually transition to TV platforms, accelerated their plans to transition from mobile-only, fast-tracking the app’s availability on TV casting devices such as Chromecast and Apple’s Airplay. Now, Quibi is eyeing Roku and Amazon Fire TV next.

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streaming services during coronavirus

Despite the vast majority of the world’s population being stuck inside with nothing to do but binge-watch for the foreseeable future, even streaming services are getting hit by the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. YouTube is limiting the video quality of its video streams worldwide for the next month, while Netflix, Hulu, and Roku are all scaling back customer service support.

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Fox buys Tubi

You’re all probably familiar with the major players in the streaming wars, the tier that includes Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney+. But if you look beyond them and turn off the flashing lights advertising the impending launches of Quibi, Peacock, and HBO Max, you might just be able to spot another layer of streaming warriors fighting on a separate battlefield. That’s the ad-supported video streaming market, and one of its biggest competitors was just acquired by the Fox Corporation. Read More »