By Rex Crum | [email protected] | Bay Area News GroupPUBLISHED: January 16, 2019 at 3:11 pm | UPDATED: January 17, 2019 at 6:10 am If anyone has learned anything in this age of internet-based streaming TV programming, it’s that there really is something for everyone. And that doesn’t just mean finding a show on one of the three kingpins of the streaming TV industry: Netflix, Hulu or Amazon. There are free and paid apps that cater to practically any theme or interest someone might watch. That thing might even be something that millions of people may find offensive, such as the InfoWars channel operated by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Roku found out just what a good piece of the public thought of its decision to allow the InfoWars channel onto its Channel Store when, late Tuesday, it removed InfoWars from its service less than two days after it made its Roku debut. There are more than 5,000 channels on Roku’s Channel Store. With that much content, finding … [Read more...] about Roku’s choices: 10 unusual streaming TV channels for your viewing ‘pleasure’
Updated at 11:00 p.m. with Roku's statement on removing Infowars from their platform. Streaming service Roku announced Tuesday that it had added conspiracist and provocateur Alex Jones' Infowars show to its content lineup just months after several major streaming and social media sites banned him from their platforms.But the announcement was short-lived, when later Tuesday Deadline reported that the company changed its mind following swift online backlash."After the InfoWars channel became available, we heard from concerned parties and have determined that the channel should be removed from our platform," said Roku spokesman Eric Savitz in a statement that was reported by The New York Times. "Deletion from the channel store and platform has begun and will be completed shortly."Apple, Spotify and Facebook have banned Jones from hosting his content on their sites. Jones' conspiracy-laden rants and penchant for spreading false news was met with increasing pressure … [Read more...] about Roku drops conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and Infowars after backlash
Kamaron Leach Bloomberg Published 3:08 PM EST Jan 7, 2019 Roku Inc. shares had their best day in 14 months after saying the number of active accounts in the fourth quarter rose 40 percent over last year, giving media investors confidence that viewers are doubling down on streaming platforms. Viewers are doubling down on streaming as their preferred method for consuming television entertainment and Roku touted the preliminary numbers ahead of a busy week at the 2019 CES Conference in Las Vegas. Its platform users streamed more than 7.3 billion hours of content in the last quarter, a 68 percent surge over the year-ago quarter. Annual streaming hours rose more than 60 percent compared with 2017, to 24 billion hours. The viewership boost sent the shares up as much as 27 percent, the biggest gain since Nov. 13, 2017. While Roku remains a volatile stock, Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Sean Handrahan said the account growth "is a big positive surprise and I really think they’re … [Read more...] about Roku jump buoyed by 40 percent gain in active users
Marley Jay, Ap Markets Writer Updated 7:26 am PDT, Thursday, August 9, 2018 Photo: Mark Lennihan, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE- In this Jan. 2, 2018, file photo, a trader works at the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Thursday, Aug 9. FILE- In this Jan. 2, 2018, file photo, a trader works at the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Thursday, Aug 9. Photo: Mark Lennihan, AP US stocks are little changed; Yelp and Roku jump 1 / 1 Back to Gallery NEW YORK (AP) — Major U.S. indexes are little changed Thursday morning as technology stocks rise while energy companies and banks slip. Bond prices rose, sending yields lower, after the Labor Department reported that wholesale prices were little changed in July, a sign … [Read more...] about US stocks are little changed; Yelp and Roku jump
WASHINGTON — The battle for the future of sports broadcasting is already well underway. But as more and more consumers cut the cord, ditching cable for other alternatives, how is ESPN — the industry leader — adjusting? One way is through the introduction of ESPN+, a content service launched last month, which costs $4.99 per month (with a promotional month free) and is accessible via ESPN.com, its own app, and streaming devices. A mix of live, taped and original programming, it may offer a chance to stem the tide of subscriber losses. ESPN+ is driven first and foremost by live sports offerings, including more than 180 MLB and NHL games (at least one per day), the entire out-of-market MLS schedule, and college sports from more than 20 conferences around the country. There is also golf, tennis, boxing, cricket, rugby and soccer from lower levels both at home (USL) and abroad (EFL). Unfortunately, it does not serve as a workaround for those who have cut the cord and are … [Read more...] about What does new streaming service ESPN+ deliver?