Roku has announced that Shenzhen MTC Co. (MTC) has joined the Roku TV licensing programme to build smart TVs under the JVC brand. MTC will leverage TV hardware reference designs and the Roku operating system (OS) to create a line of JVC smart TVs with the first HD JVC Roku TVs expected to ship in the US later this year.
“Roku is America’s #1 streaming platform because it is incredibly easy to use and offers access to countless movies and TV episodes all from the home screen,” said John Araki, Chief Technology Officer of JVC. “We are looking forward to marrying our longstanding history of innovation with Roku’s popular smart TV platform as we aim to improve our customers’ everyday life with smartly designed products making life a little more fun.”
“For more than 90 years JVC has been delivering quality video and audio products and we look forward to working with MTC to grow the JVC smart TV presence in the US,” added Chas Smith, general manager of Roku TV & Players. “We know most TV manufacturers will license a TV OS and are proud of our low-cost purpose-built solution and the level of collaboration and support that we offer our partners while delivering a superior experience to consumers.”
The Roku TV licensing program offers TV OEM partners an easy, efficient, and cost-effective way to build smart TVs that consumers love to use. Roku provides low-cost hardware reference designs so TV brands can offer a best-in-class smart TV solution at competitive price points. The Roku® operating system provides consumers with access to an ever-growing library of content as well as regular, automatic software updates so TV OEMs can be sure they are offering the latest and greatest features to customers.