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Roku

Roku is a brand of streaming media devices.

Roku is a brand of streaming media devices that connect televisions to streaming services. The first Roku device was released in collaboration with Netflix, in 2008. The streaming devices are built on Roku's own operating system, Roku OS.

In the fourth quarter of 2020, sales of Roku devices increased 18%, to $178.7 million in the fourth quarter. Roku added 14.3 million active accounts in 2020, bringing total active accounts to 51.2 million. The increase was due to customers "cutting the cord" with cable companies, and people being home more due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

Timeline

May 12, 2021
Roku original shows created by Quibis will start streaming May 20 free with ads.
April 13, 2021
Roku announces Express 4K Plus streaming player and rechargeable Voice Remote Pro.
April 13, 2021
Roku announces its latest software release, Roku OS 10, has begun rolling out and will start making its way to all supported devices in the coming weeks.
April 13, 2021
Apple gets its own button on Roku’s latest remotes
March 1, 2021
Roku acquires Nielsen's Advanced Video Advertising unit as it tries to become a central hub for TV advertising.
January 8, 2021
Roku acquires the rights to Quibi's content.

May 29, 2013
Roku raises a $60,000,000 series F round from News Corp.
July 25, 2012
Roku raises a $45,000,000 series E round from Globespan Capital, Menlo Ventures and News Corp.
August 12, 2011
Roku raises a $8,000,000 series D round from Globespan Capital and Menlo Ventures.
August 10, 2009
Roku raises a $8,400,000 series D round from Menlo Ventures.
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Funding rounds

People

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Role
LinkedIn

Andrew Fry

Employee

Brandi Richards

Employee

Charles Seiber

Employee

Chris Atkinson

Employee

Daniel Leff

Board member

Frank Stanbach

Employee

Hans Granqvist

Employee

Hilary Perchard

Investor

Joe Beninato

Employee

John Paul

Founder

Karthik Velappan

Employee

Morgan Tucker

Employee

Nick Lambourne

Employee

Noah Tsutsui

Employee

Peichen Chang

Employee

Phillip Kinkade

Employee

Roku Com Links

Founder

Shawn Carolan

Investor

Tom Markworth

Employee

Vineet Mehta

Investor

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News

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USA TODAY
August 10, 2021
USA TODAY
Even though consumers had more freedom this spring amid the coronavirus pandemic, their streaming video diet actually grew by 13%, compared to 2020.
Sarah Perez
August 3, 2021
TechCrunch
Last year, movie ticketing and discovery business Fandango, a division of NBCUniversal, bought the on-demand video streaming service Vudu from Walmart, after the retailer had failed to capitalize on the service it had first acquired in 2010 for $100 million. Today, Fandango is taking the next steps with Vudu by merging the service with its [...]
Shira Ovide
July 28, 2021
www.nytimes.com
The stock trading app goes public this week. Here's why the company has gotten so much attention.
Corey Gaskin
July 24, 2021
Ars Technica
New remotes bring sensible upgrades, but only if you're tied to these streamers.
Rudie Obias
July 4, 2021
news.google.com
All the big brands are included: Beats, Xbox, Shark, iRobot, KitchenAid, Keurig, Ninja, Microsoft, the list goes on and on!
Reviewed
June 24, 2021
Reviewed
Need a Netflix fix? These are the streaming devices that will scratch that itch.
I Am Not A Robot
June 22, 2021
www.prnewswire.com:443
/PRNewswire/ -- Volt Television and I Am Not A Robot Productions announce their new stripper docu-follow Pole Goals with the release of the teaser for the show....
Streamfire
June 8, 2021
www.prnewswire.com:443
/PRNewswire/ -- A new streaming service, Streamfire, is preparing to launch their specialized TV-Network on June 8, 2021. Combining the most talented creators...
Michelle Greenlee
June 7, 2021
Business Insider
You can use the Kodi media player on your Roku by screen mirroring it from another device onto your Roku.
Rick Broida
June 7, 2021
CNET
Amazon just knocked 25% off the price of "the new go-to Roku." Great Father's Day gift!
Jared Newman
June 4, 2021
TechHive
Yes, it's expensive, but Apple's unique features, polish, and focus on privacy make it worthwhile.
Ry Crist
June 3, 2021
CNET
New listings on Walmart.com reveal two new store-brand media streamers, each at a tempting store-brand discount.
Sarah Perez
June 2, 2021
TechCrunch
Walmart accidentally scooped itself by publishing product listings for its own, onn-branded, low-cost Android TV streaming stick to the Walmart.com website ahead of its formal launch, where it was soon spotted, alongside an upcoming 4K streaming device. Both items are officially arriving next week in stores and online, Walmart told TechCrunch, but it seems the [...]
David Katzmaier
June 2, 2021
CNET
Watch out, Alexa and Google. Vizio Voice is the new assistant sheriff in TV town.
David Katzmaier
May 30, 2021
CNET
Cord-cutters can add more than 100 channels a la carte through an Amazon Prime membership. Here's how it works.
Medea Giordano, Gear Team
May 28, 2021
Wired
From robot vacuums to app-controlled power strips, these Memorial Day deals will add a high-tech boost to your abode.
Tuong Nguyen
May 25, 2021
CNET
Plus, $34 for a Roku Streaming Media Player and save $70 on a Hyper electric mountain bike.
Suzanne Humphries
May 21, 2021
www.reviewgeek.com
Looking to upgrade your entertainment center and make it easier for you and your family members to find something good to watch? Now's the time, as Amazon is having a sale on some of Roku's 4K streaming sticks and more.
Reviewed
May 20, 2021
USA TODAY
Looking to stream blockbuster movies, live sports, and iconic TV shows? The Disney+ bundle will save you 25% on Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ subscriptions
Sidney Fussell
May 20, 2021
Wired
Connected TV advertising brought in $9 billion last year and is poised to grow as more viewers shift from cable to streaming.
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