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May 17, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
It's not enough these days to wonder what to watch on your TV; a growing question for many is how to watch. Just like any device in your life, TVs can now connect to the Internet. This lets you grab shows from the Internet and watch content whenever you want. Most new TVs come with the ability to connect to the Internet, but there are a number of ways to easily turn an existing TV into a so-called smart TV. Here's a primer. The simplest way to do so is to connect a TV to a laptop or computer using either a VGA or HDMI cable.
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April 11, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
With the arrival of the Amazon Fire TV, the heat is turning up in the market for video-streaming devices. The Fire TV is jumping into a crowd that already includes the Apple TV, the Google Chromecast and Roku's numerous streaming gadgets. These devices are all designed to let users stream content from the Internet -- like Netflix and YouTube -- and watch it on their TVs. Amazon's $99 black box isn't the cheapest, it isn't the smallest, and it doesn't have the most content. In fact, Amazon lacks in all of these categories compared with most of its rivals.
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March 5, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Roku has announced the Roku 3, the latest version of its flagship media player that will go on sale online Wednesday for $99. The company said the Roku 3 is designed to be faster than its predecessor thanks to improved hardware and a redesigned user interface. The new media player has been outfitted with a dual-band 2.4GHz-5GHz Wi-Fi, which the company said gives the device a wider range and enables it to download content faster. Photos: 10 tech companies to watch in 2013 The Roku 3 replaces the Roku 2 XS but will still have the ability to do the same types of functions, including showing full 1080p HD video.
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April 8, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Move over, Apple TV, Roku and Chromecast -- the Amazon Fire TV has arrived. Amazon jumped into the video-streaming device market last week by releasing the Fire TV, a small, black set-top box that streams video and audio content from the Internet. The $99 gadget will be facing off against rival devices from Apple, Google and Roku . LIVE DISCUSSION: Join us at 2 p.m. as we unbox the Amazon Fire TV. But if there's one thing the Amazon Fire TV has that its rivals don't is a focus on video gaming.
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July 26, 2012 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before hearing Katie Couric talk about her new talk show. The Skinny: I had a weird dream that I was watching a different cut of "All the President's Men" in the middle of the night in an empty Rockefeller Plaza. Please send me numbers for good therapists. Thursday's headlines include analysis of the "Modern Family" dispute, a profile of "Today" executive producer Jim Bell, who will be in charge of NBC's Olympic coverage. Also, Dish makes some tweaks to its AutoHop that seemed designed to take some of the sting out of the lawsuits against the satellite broadcaster.
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March 16, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
The Roku 3, the latest version of Roku's media streaming device, gets an impressive speed improvement that will appeal to new users. But existing owners of Roku devices may want to skip upgrading to the new one unless speed is a priority. The Roku's new media streaming box sells for $99 and replaces the Roku 2 XS, a model of the same price with essentially the same features. Like its predecessor, the Roku 3 is capable of streaming full 1080p HD video and has a motion control for use with games like Angry Birds.
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September 26, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Amazon.com and Roku announced new gadgets this week, and two of those devices stand out thanks to their value and low price. $139 Kindle Fire HD Amazon unveiled its 2013 line of tablets, but the standout was the Kindle Fire HD, which was introduced last year but had its price slashed to $139 this week. By comparison, it cost $199 when it launched last year. The 2013 version of the Kindle Fire HD features the same specs as last year's model, meaning it has a 720p HD screen, dual stereo speakers and a decent 1.5GHz dual-core processor.
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June 6, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Pressing its bid to cut into Netflix's market share, Redbox's streaming video service will soon be available to Roku users. Redbox Instant  by Verizon -- a joint venture by Coinstar Inc.'s Redbox and Verizon Communications Inc. that officially launched this year -- will be available on Roku's set-top devices this summer, the companies said Thursday. The companies are trying to expand the ways customers can access the service as more people watch movies and TV shows online rather than by buying or renting DVDs.
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August 9, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Perhaps feeling pressure from Apple and Google, Roku has added a feature that streams video from users' phones to their TV sets. Users with the Roku iOS app for the iPhone and iPad can send video that they've recorded with their device over to their Roku digital player. The player will then show the video on the TV that it is connected to. The feature is similar to others available on the Apple TV and Google Chromecast, but it is far more limited. PHOTOS: How Chromecast, Apple TV and Roku compare Apple TV users can use AirPlay to send video from their Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad and Mac computers, to their TVs. This can be content that they recorded or video from apps, including YouTube and HBO GO. Additionally, the feature can be used to show the device's screen on the TV, which is handy tool for giving presentations.
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January 6, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Services
Amazon.com Inc. said it would start offering movies the day they are released on DVD. The new service is for buyers of the $99 Roku Player and will be available in early 2009, Seattle-based Amazon.com said.
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April 3, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
With the addition of Amazon Fire TV this week, the market for video-streaming devices is getting crowded. And maybe that's why Roku made its latest device so small. The Saratoga, Calif., company recently began shipping the Streaming Stick, a video-streaming dongle that users can discreetly plug into their HDTVs to access online video services such as Netflix, HBO Go and Pandora. Measuring 3.1 inches by 1.1 inches and just 0.5 inch tall, the Streaming Stick takes up a lot less space than Roku's other devices, which resemble hockey pucks.
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March 31, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Roku this month began shipping the Streaming Stick, a $49.99 dongle that lets users watch online video content on their TVs. Like Roku's other streaming devices, the Streaming Stick makes it possible for users to easily watch videos from Netflix, YouTube and other providers on their televisions. But the Streaming Stick is much smaller and more discreet than other Roku gadgets -- it plugs into the back of users' TVs. The device is essentially Roku's answer to Google's $35 Chromecast dongle.
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March 4, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Roku has announced a new device for its lineup: the $49.99 Streaming Stick. The device is a small stick that users can plug into the back of their HD TVs through the HDMI port to stream video content from the Internet. The Streaming Stick must also connect to an electrical outlet or the USB port of a TV for power. "This new tiny player plugs discreetly into an HDMI port -- perfect for those beautiful wall-mounted TVs -- and packs the complete Roku streaming experience," Roku said in a blog Tuesday .  VIDEO: Unboxing the Quirky Spotter multipurpose sensor   The Streaming Stick comes with the same features as the $49.99 Roku 1 but is faster than that device and is also a lot smaller.
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January 5, 2014 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Roku, the consumer electronics company best known for its devices that deliver Internet video to televisions, is making a more ambitious play for the living room -- unveiling the Roku TV. The Silicon Valley company announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas -- a trade show that is ground zero for gadget news -- that it would enter the fast-growing smart TV market. Roku plans to license its software to television manufacturers, which will build and distribute the Roku TV. Two Chinese electronics manufacturers, TCL and Hisense, are the first to partner with Roku on the smart TV. Roku is entering a competitive market, with established television manufacturers including Samsung, LG and Sony; and entrants from Silicon Valley, such as Google Inc.'s re-branded Android TV (formerly known as Google TV)
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September 26, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Amazon.com and Roku announced new gadgets this week, and two of those devices stand out thanks to their value and low price. $139 Kindle Fire HD Amazon unveiled its 2013 line of tablets, but the standout was the Kindle Fire HD, which was introduced last year but had its price slashed to $139 this week. By comparison, it cost $199 when it launched last year. The 2013 version of the Kindle Fire HD features the same specs as last year's model, meaning it has a 720p HD screen, dual stereo speakers and a decent 1.5GHz dual-core processor.
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September 25, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
As Internet video streaming becomes more commonplace in American households, a maker of dedicated devices introduced a new lineup of products and expanded programming options in hopes of capitalizing on this trend. Roku unveiled three new streaming players, priced at $50 to $80, that it says will offer high-definition video, among other features. These devices, with names only a geek could love (the Roku LT, Roku 1 and Roku 2), reach stores in October. Roku also is adding the M-Go movie and television service to its entertainment offerings.
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January 7, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
Huell Howser, 67, one of public television's most iconic figures, died Sunday night, his assistant Ryan Morris said. No other details were given. His platform was traditional and unflashy - highlighting familiar and off-the-beaten-track spots all around California in public television series with titles such as "California's Gold," "Visiting," "Road Trip" and "Downtown. " But though his shows were focused on points and people of interest, it was Howser who turned into the main attraction, tackling his subjects with an awestruck curiosity and relentless enthusiasm.
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June 19, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
"Game of Thrones," meet Apple TV. Apple said Wednesday that HBO Go and WatchESPN apps are now available directly on its set-top box that lets users stream video and music onto television sets.  HBO Go gives its subscribers access to Home Box Office's entire library, including original shows such as "Game of Thrones" and "True Blood. " WatchESPN lets ESPN customers access the sports empire's multiple channels. Apple TV users could already use both apps through a workaround -- by connecting their Apple smartphones, tablets and computers to the set-top box wirelessly through the company's AirPlay feature.
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September 5, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple Inc. is expected to announce new iPhone models next week, but could it also announce a new version of Apple TV? In August, the Cupertino-based tech giant received three shipments from one of its suppliers of set-top boxes, according to Panjiva , a company that organizes global trade and shipping data. Panjiva noted that these shipments could be for any number of things, including a new version of Apple TV, the long-rumored TV set by Apple. PHOTOS: Biggest tech flops of 2013 -- so far An Apple TV set -- the iTV perhaps?
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August 9, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Perhaps feeling pressure from Apple and Google, Roku has added a feature that streams video from users' phones to their TV sets. Users with the Roku iOS app for the iPhone and iPad can send video that they've recorded with their device over to their Roku digital player. The player will then show the video on the TV that it is connected to. The feature is similar to others available on the Apple TV and Google Chromecast, but it is far more limited. PHOTOS: How Chromecast, Apple TV and Roku compare Apple TV users can use AirPlay to send video from their Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad and Mac computers, to their TVs. This can be content that they recorded or video from apps, including YouTube and HBO GO. Additionally, the feature can be used to show the device's screen on the TV, which is handy tool for giving presentations.
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