Before there was Android TV, before there was Chromecast, there was Roku. Now almost a household name for streaming set-top boxes, Roku has found itself besieged with formidable competitors, forcing it to catch up in some areas. And catch up it does with the release of Google Play Movies & TV on the platform, giving Roku owners more sources, variety, and content to choose from and watch at their leisure.

Play Movies & TV lands as a new option in Roku’s Channel Store. The new channel brings Google’s own selection of for rent or for sale films and shows, as well as promos, like the free HD copy of X-Men from the Gift from Google section, just for those signing up for a Google Play account. Roku hints that next week there might be new content available for free, so users best sign up for an account now and keep on their toes.

Google Play Movies & TV will let Roku users get up to date on their favorite TV dramas, sitcoms, and whatnot at their own schedule, instead of having to rush home or set up complicated video recording ahead of time. In addition, season passes will automatically add new shows to the user’s library the day after they air, so no more hunting down or manually keeping tabs on the latest episodes. Plus, Google’s Info Cards give deeper insights into the actors and films, of course only when available for particular content.


Roku has already added Play Movies & TV to their Channels selection but the feature is limited to current gen devices only. These include the Roku 3 (4200X), Roku 2 (2720X), Roku 1 (2710X), Roku Streaming Stick, both HDMI (3500X) and Roku Ready (3400X, 3420X) versions, Roku LT (2400X, 2450X, 2700X), Roku 2 HD (3000X), Roku 2 XD (3050X), Roku 2 XS (3100X) and the Roku HD (2500X). Support for Roku TV is still in the works.



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