16th April 2012

Roku Streaming Players Launch in Canada

rokuTwo Roku streaming player models – the Roku 2 XD and the Roku 2 XS– are available for purchase in Canada starting today. These small set-top boxes use the Internet to stream entertainment to the TV instantly, and 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 U.S. – now at more than 450 channels.roku set

“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,” said Chuck Seiber, vice president of global marketing at Roku. “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 tremendous 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.

Roku is an open streaming platform and content providers – whether they are big entertainment brands or new Internet services – can develop a channel on Roku. Content providers interested in developing a channel can contact Roku at partners@roku.com for more details and to access the software development kit.

The Roku 2 XD and the Roku 2 XS streaming players have suggested retail prices of CAD 89.99 and CAD 109.99, respectively. Both models are available now for pre-order online from Roku.ca, Amazon.ca, LondonDrugs.com and Walmart.ca; and are expected to be available at London Drugs and Walmart retail locations at the end of the month. Canadian retailers interested in becoming an authorized reseller of Roku can contact Roku’s distributor, Synnex at newaccounts@synnex.com.

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