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Roku enhances search options

Entertainment streaming platform Roku has unveiled two new ways for consumers in the UK and the Republic of Ireland to find and discover streaming entertainment on their Roku players.

The first feature, ‘Roku Search’, enables consumers to search for movies, TV shows, actors and directors and view pricing and availability details across top streaming channels. The second feature ‘Roku Feed’ allows consumers to follow entertainment and get automatic updates on pricing and availability.

This feature is launching with a focus on ‘Movies Coming Soon’ taking the guessing out of when a box office hit is available for streaming, which services offer the movie or how much it costs. The company also introduced a new faster-than-ever-before Roku 2 streaming player. The new features, and new player and updated mobile apps will be available to customers in May 2015.

“With the biggest line-up of streaming channels available, and easy and unbiased ways to find and discover movies and TV episodes; Roku players make it simple for consumers to stream the entertainment they want to watch on their terms,” said Roku Chief Executive Officer Anthony Wood.

In addition to using the included remote control, Roku offers a free mobile app to enable consumers to control their streaming player with their mobile device. An updated version of the Roku Mobile App for both iOS and Android devices will be available in early May and will include support for the new search and discovery features announced today.

Roku will begin roll out of the software update that delivers the new features to all Roku players in early May. Under separate announcements, Roku also shared details about similar new products and features for customers in the US and Canada.

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