Roku announced on December 19 that it’s US Roku Channel Store has surpassed 2000 channels for online video and music. The popular set-top box, which has expanded its reach into a streaming stick and a new smart TV line, now offers the most online channels.
New additions to the set-top box’s content include NatGeo, FXNOW, CBSN, Cosmobody, CinemaNow, Smithsonian and Google Play Movies and TV. Comcast Xfinity subscribers are now also offered HBO Go and Showtime Anytime. A Roku Recommends channel has also been recently added.
A much-awaited search feature among the top fifteen streaming channels is a recent addition. The universal search lets you search for a TV show or movie among the top 15 channels which include FOX NOW, CinemaNow, FXNOW, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, HBO GO, Crackle, Vudu, M-GO, Time Warner Cable, Popcornflix, Blockbuster On Demand, Snagfilms and Acorn TV.
The new content has come at a good time as people will be home for the holidays. Roku says that it now streams over 200,000 movies and TV episodes. Media content is available in a variety of interests from music, news and weather, sports, kids and family, fitness, international movies, and more.
In the numbers game, Roku is quite ahead of its competition. Chromecast has less than a thousand apps, Apple TV has about fifty, and Amazon Fire TV has about one hundred entertainment channels (and 340 games).