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Roku streaming players launch in Canada

MUMBAI: US streaming platform Roku has announced the official launch of its products in Canada. Two Roku streaming player models – the Roku XD and the Roku 2 XS - are available for purchase in Canada. These small set-­top boxes (STBs) use the Internet to stream entertainment to the TV instantly.


At launch in Canada, Roku features more than 100 entertainment channels including movies and TV shows from Netflix and Crackle; live and on-­-demand sports from the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball; music from Rdio and TuneIn Radio; photos and videos from Facebook and Flickr; news and weather from the Wall Street Journal and CNBC plus casual games like ‘Angry Birds‘, ‘Wheel of Fortune‘ and ‘Jeopardy‘.


Roku expects to broaden its channel selection in Canada at a pace similar to its growth in the US, now at more than 450 channels.


Roku VP global marketing Chuck Seiber said, "We have a simple formula for our best-­-selling streaming players: provide access to a ton of entertainment at a low price, while maintaining a best-­-in-­-class streaming experience. We’ve set the same high bar for ourselves with the launch of our players today in Canada."


The Roku 2 XD Streaming Player offers value for streaming video and music directly to a TV. The Roku 2 XD connects to the Internet instantly via built-in WiFi and supports up to 1080p high-definition video. The Roku 2 XS is the top-of-the-line Roku streaming player.


In addition to the features of the Roku 2 XD, the Roku 2 XS comes paired with an enhanced remote with motion control for playing games like ‘Angry Birds.‘ It also features an Ethernet port and a USB port for playing music, videos and photos off of any USB drive.

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