Starting some time tonight (or over the next two weeks) your Roku player will be updated with the Roku Channel Store. What’s the Roku Channel Store, right? Well, it’s an open source platform for developers to bring content like Facebook Photos, Pandora or even Flickr to your TV via the Roku box. Not a bad idea. Ten channels are available right off the bat. In addition to the channels already mentioned, the Roku Channel Store is also launching with blip.tv, Revision3, Mediafly, TWiT, FrameChannel, Motionbox and MobileTribe.
Blip.tv, which hosts and distributes the best independent web shows, syndicates content to the Roku player, iTunes, YouTube, Vimeo, NBC Local Media NY, AOL Video, Verizon FiOS, TiVO, Sony Bravia, and Facebook. Blip.tv attracts 81 million video views a month and splits ad revenues with show creators 50/50. For more info, visit http://blip.tv/.
“Roku is at the forefront of fusing innovative hardware with great content. The integration between TV and the Web is happening because of products like the Roku Player. Blip.tv is happy to partner on the Channel Store and we’re looking forward to even tighter integration moving forward,” said Dina Kaplan, co-founder of blip.tv.
With Facebook Photos all the photos you love to browse on Facebook.com are now available for viewing on the TV. Included in the channel is the ability to view slideshows of recent photos posted in your news feed as well as your personal photo albums or tagged photos. You can also browse your friend’s photo albums, all from the comfort of your couch.
Flickr lets you view great photos from your photostream, your groups and your sets on the big screen TV via the Roku player. In addition, browse and view photos from around the web via flickr’s photo feeds.
FrameChannel is a free service that lets you view your favorite web content on any connected screen. View photos and updates from your favorite social networks. Keep up to date with 1000+ channels of news, weather and sports or add your favorite blog or RSS feed. Create your free account at http://www.framechannel.com
“We’re honored that Roku selected FrameChannel as a pioneering application to kick off their Channel Store,” said Jon Finegold, Co-founder and COO of Thinking Screen Media. “FrameChannel delivers the ultimate personalized screensaver experience to connected screens, allowing the Roku owner to select a custom feed of the content that matters to them most, and configuring that content for easy viewing. Applications like FrameChannel are contributing to the adoption of the connected screen category.”
Mediafly’s digital platform brings your favorite Internet content conveniently to devices you use in your digital lifestyle™. Over 6MM episodes, on virtually any topic…plus your own personal videos are readily available. Just set up once with Mediafly and you can enjoy the same content on TVs, mobile devices, computers, desktop devices, and PMPs.
“The Mediafly team is quite excited about the Roku Channel Store launch. The pure ease of use of the Roku platform makes it a joy for people to access great Internet content from their TVs. From Mediafly’s core application with over 20,000 different shows to apps powered by Mediafly, such as Leo Laporte’s TWiT.tv technology network and Motionbox for home videos, Mediafly with Roku helps enable your digital lifestyle from the comfort of your own couch.”
Social networking on your TV? You Bet. MobileTribe has teamed up with Roku to deliver your favorite social networks on your TV. MobileTribe on the Roku player supports Facebook , Myspace, Yahoo!, Orkut, Flickr, Picasa and Google contacts. Checking out your friend’s latest pics and status has never been easier.
Relive your best memories from the comfort of your living room. The Motionbox Channel lets you browse and watch your own home movies, in vivid HD, on your TV. Visit http://motionbox.com/go/roku to create a free account and start uploading videos!
“Motionbox is really excited to partner with Roku and bring personal video and family video to the ‘big screen.’ We’re always looking for ways for families to easily access their videos and the Roku digital video player’s easy-to-use technology helps us do just that,” said Josh Grotstein, CEO of Motionbox.
Pandora, the most popular personalized radio service in the World is now available for FREE on the Roku player. Pandora on Roku is fully integrated with Pandora on the web so listeners can enjoy all of their existing stations – and create new ones — right from the player.
“We are happy to be working with Roku to expand Pandora’s reach into the connected home,” said Jessica Steel, Senior VP of Business Development at Pandora. “They have done a great job of taking the core features of Pandora and making an easy-to-use application that looks great on HDTVs. We think existing Pandora users as well as brand-new listeners will enjoy using the service on Roku.”
Revision3 – One of the leading, innovative Internet Television networks, Revision3 is the home to a wide range of shows from the ultra-popular Diggnation, to great tech shows like Tekzilla, HD Nation & AppJudgment to geek entertainment with Film Riot, Scam School and the Totally Rad Show and more!
“We’re extremely excited to be available on the Roku player, a device which we’re personally big fans of. It doesn’t get any better than watching Diggnation or Tekzilla on your big screen High Definition Television in the comfort of your living room and it’s never been easier than with the Roku player! We look forward to making our shows available to all Roku player owners and making the Revision3 channel a must watch.”
Leo Laporte is Chief TWiT of the TWiT netcast network, host of “This Week in Tech” (the world’s most popular technology podcast) and the nationally-syndicated “Tech Guy” radio show. Laporte is the former host of “Call For Help” and “The Screensavers” on TechTV. Laporte and other hosts on his network create more than 40 hours of live technology programming each week, streamed live at http://live.twit.tv. Laporte himself usually broadcasts without interruption from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific, five days a week.
Leo Laporte, Chief TWiT of the TWiT netcast network and host of “This Week in Tech” (the world’s most popular technology podcast) and the nationally-syndicated “Tech Guy” radio show, is bringing his network to the Roku.