What use to be a mere gadget that allows geeks to watch Internet TV on their computers is now a full blown Internet media provider. I’m talking about Roku, which has successfully expanded it’s set-top box business to release an iTunes-like store for Internet content channels.
And to kick off with its business of delivering Internet content to its set-top boxes Roku has added 10 free channels to give its users their fix of Â Internet-to-TV content.
These free Roku channels include – Facebook photos, blip.tv, Flickr, FrameChannel, MediaFly, MobileTribe, Motionbox, TWit.TV, Revision3, and Pandora. If you look closely, each of these channels represent new media at its finest. Flickr and Facebook for digital photos, Pandora for music, Revision 3 for Internet shows such as diggnation, and more.
What? No YouTube? Â Well, the folks at Roku are probably well aware of the recent TOS issue of YouTube which blocked set-top box company Popcorn Hour from streaming YouTube videos recently. So, no YouTube channel for Roku users for now. Perhaps in the near future when set-top boxes and that the YouTube folks realize that they should get along well with these services.
This leads me to ask, have you used Roku or any of these set-top boxes or do you plan on Â getting into the craze anytime soon?