Earier this year, American tech company Roku acquired the catalogue of the lesser-known, and now defunct streaming service, Quibi, and from that comes Roku Originals – a free streaming service for all Roku users that's about to debut with 30 shows.
If you’re not familiar with the company Roku, here’s the lowdown:
Not one for putting all its eggs in a single basket, the OS is now being included on many Hisense, TCL and Toshiba TVs, which make superb use of its intuative interface.
1) It’s free
Roku Originals doesn’t require an additional subscription fee, but as with everything that's free, there's a catch, so there will be ads, you know, like old fashioned TV watching, but they won't be as long.
This doesn't stop you logging into other streaming platforms, like Netflix, Now and Amazon Prime Video, only you’ll need to be a paying subscriber to those services.
2) Roku Originals ‘debuts’ 30 shows
Although it’s called Roku Originals, most of its shows were part of the now defunct Quibi catalogue. However, this is just the beginning and as Roku grows its own channel we're hopeful for some actual original content in the pipeline. Some of the shows available on Roku Originals from the offski:
- Murder House Flip
- Shape of Pasta
- You ain’t got these
- Cup of Joe Reno 911!
3) To celebrate Streaming Day, there will be discounts on all Roku products
Isn’t every day 'Streaming Day'? Well, yes, but it’s not every day you get some sweet discounts on Roku kit, so mark 20 May in your calendar.