Monday, April 06, 2015

Roku Adds Voice Search, Enhances ‘Unbiased’ Movie and TV Search Tools

Roku, which launched its first Internet streaming player in 2008, has held its ground amid the competitive pressure. In 2014, Roku was the leading streaming-device brand with 29% market share of U.S. sales, followed by the Google Chromecast USB-size adapter at 20% and Apple TV at 17%, according to research firm Parks Associates. Amazon Fire TV was in fourth place with 10% share.

Last September Roku said it had sold 10 million players in the U.S.; it also sells products in the U.K., Ireland and Canada.

Roku’s enhanced search function lets users search for movies, TV shows, actors and directors — across some 250,000 movies and TV episodes — and see results listed by price from top streaming channels. Roku owners now also can search by channel name, spanning 2,000-plus streaming channels available on the platform. Those include Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, HBO Go, YouTube, Vudu and M-Go.

From the article "Roku Adds Voice Search, Enhances ‘Unbiased’ Movie and TV Search Tools" by Todd Spangler.

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