Roku media players will now alert users when the price of a movie they're interested in watching goes down.
Ultra HD TV—frequently called "UHD" at the International CES in a further failure to settle on standard nomenclature—is nothing new. At this year's show, these TVs were again all over the place, but the big improvement touted was more accurate color reproduction.
The 2015 International CES didn't feature as many breakthroughs in streaming media technology as the previous year, when it seemed every major TV manufacturer announced a 4K deal with Netflix. This year was more of an incremental series of changes- with the exception of another big press day announcement from Dish:
DISH has announced at the International CES that it will launch by the end of January an OTT (Over-the-Top) live TV and Internet video service it is branding as Sling TV, with the target market being 18-to-35-year-old Millennials.
At the 2014 International CES, Netflix announced a wide variety of manufacturer partnerships to stream in 4K/Ultra HD. Now, ahead of the 2015 event, there's about to be another major hardware 4K partnership for Netflix: Roku. Variety reported Sunday that Roku "plans to team with manufacturers on 4K Ultra HD television sets — along with a partnership with Netflix to deliver 4K content through the TVs." In addition, Roku has reached another deal, with Best Buy, to provide Roku-powered TVs under Best Buy's private label Insignia brand.
For as long as Netflix’s streaming has existed, subscribers have needed to watch it either through a mobile device, or a Roku/Apple TV/Chromecast device, or a gaming console, but never through their cable box.
Around one out of ten U.S. broadband households owns a streaming media device- and while Roku remains the most popular manufacturer in the space, its lead has narrowed- and it's also got a new number two. That's according to data released Tuesday by research firm Parks Associates.
The Amazon Fire TV Stick, Amazon’s stab at a Roku/Chromecast/Apple TV competitor that was announced earlier this fall, is now shipping, Amazon announced Wednesday morning.