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A “Roku Killer” or Something Less Ambitious? Behind Comcast and Charter’s Streaming Bet

When cable giants Comcast and Charter Communications unveiled a joint venture that aims “to develop and offer a next-generation streaming platform on a variety of branded 4K streaming devices and smart TVs” on April 27, the deal attracted attention across Wall Street and beyond. The goal is to build on Comcast’s Flex streaming product to […]

Roku’s Active User Growth Slows as It Warns of Disruptions Ahead

Roku added 1.1 million active users in the first quarter of 2022, slightly increasing its total active user count to 61.3 million. The company said its year-over-year active user growth of 14 percent was “moderated” due to the end of government stimulus payments, which it said helped drive spending in the first quarter of 2021. […]

Lionsgate, Roku Channel Ink Movie Output Deal

Lionsgate has signed a film output deal with The Roku Channel that will see Keanu Reeves’ upcoming John Wick: Chapter Four headed to the streaming platform. The multiyear agreement will initially see the studio’s 2022 theatrical releases receive two separate windows for each film. The first will provide Roku with exclusive rights to Lionsgate’s film […]

Roku Bolsters Unscripted Slate With Trio of Dating Shows (Exclusive)

The Roku Channel is ready to spread the love. The platform has greenlit three new unscripted projects — To Paris for Love: A Reality ‘Rom Com’; The Marriage Pact and Match Me in Miami — as the service continues to ramp up its original offerings. “Our latest Roku Original productions, To Paris for Love: A […]

Roku’s ‘Swimming With Sharks’: TV Review

Kathleen Robertson's take on the 1994 film features Diane Kruger as a demanding executive and Kiernan Shipka as a seemingly innocent assistant who isn't that innocent.

Roku Stock Rises After Extending Distribution Deal With Amazon

Stock in Roku rose sharply after it announced a new multi-year distribution extension deal with Amazon on Monday. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but the new deal means the Amazon Prime Video app and IMDB TV content will remain available in Roku’s Channel Store. “Roku and Amazon have reached a multi-year extension for […]

Roku Analyst Boosts Stock Price Target on “International Growth Still in Early Innings”

With streaming video consumption on the rise around the world and the company set for further smart TV share gains, Roku is positioned to benefit from accelerated international growth, Guggenheim analyst Michael Morris has highlighted in a report, boosting his stock price target on the company by $10. Roku shares dropped sharply in 2021, amid […]

Roku Names David Eilenberg Head of Original Content

Roku has a new head of original programming. David Eilenberg, most recently chief creative officer at ITV America, will become head of Roku Originals for the company, overseeing the creative vision and go-to-market strategy for all of Roku’s original content. Colin Davis, Roku’s head of scripted originals, and Brian Tannenbaum, the head of alternative originals, […]

Spectrum Originals Nabs ‘Panhandle’ Crime Dramedy From Sony

Sony Pictures Television Studios is getting back into business with Spectrum Originals — and teaming up with Roku as well. The two outlets will share rights to a Sony-produced crime dramedy called Panhandle, starring Luke Kirby (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) and Tiana Okoye (The Good Place). Spectrum Originals will have an exclusive, ad-free window for […]

Roku Reaches 60M Active Users as Total Revenue Misses Expectations

Roku reached 60.1 million active users in the last quarter of 2021 as total revenue for the company fell below Wall Street expectations at $865.3 million. Streaming hours saw a modest increase between Q3 and Q4, growing from 18 billion hours to 19.5 billion in the latest quarter. In a letter to shareholders, the company […]

Roku Platform Chief Scott Rosenberg Stepping Down

The head of Roku’s lucrative platform business, Scott Rosenberg, will step down later this spring, the company said Friday. In a statement, the company suggested that Rosenberg was leaving for another opportunity. “While Scott remains deeply invested in the company’s success, he’s ready for his next professional challenge and believes this is the right timeframe […]

Roku, YouTube Ink New Deal, Bringing YouTube TV Back to Streaming Platform

After a bitter, public, months-long dispute, Roku and Google have come to terms on a new multi-year distribution agreement, which covers both YouTube and YouTube TV. The new deal will return the YouTube TV app to Roku’s store, and will keep the main YouTube app from being pulled from the platform (the companies had warned […]