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Roku’s ad-supported free streaming service arrives in the UK

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Roku brings its free, ad-supported Roku channel to the UK. The service, which is available starting today, will provide access to over 10,000 movies, TV episodes and documentaries on demand, including Fifth gear, Skins, Get Carter, and The wicker man. You’ll be able to access the Roku channel on Roku devices, Now TV sticks, and Sky Q set-top boxes, and the quality of the broadcast goes up to 1080p, depending on the exact content and material you use.

All of this content is available for free, but there will be advertisements scattered throughout what you watch. Roku says he will try to show viewers an amount of ads similar to what they would see on other platforms, and in the case of TV shows, he will try to place ads during ad breaks. origin of the broadcast. You won’t have to watch an ad before you start watching something, and Roku tells me that he won’t allow the same ad to play more than once in half an hour.

Launch of the Roku channel in the United States back in 2017, and since then, it has expanded with the launch of a online web player, live news, and one children and family section. More importantly, in 2019, Roku added the ability to subscribe to pay TV content providers from the Roku channel, such as Showtime, Starz, and HBO.

While there are no signs of live channels, web interfaces, or premium TV subscriptions in the United States, the kids and family section has made the jump. This will provide a section dedicated to family content, and Roku also says that this content will display fewer ads. However, there is no separate user profile available on the Roku channel, so you cannot give children a dedicated profile, knowing that they will not come across something they are not supposed to do.

Although Roku is best known for his streaming material, CEO Anthony Wood said in 2018 that he saw the business more like an advertising business than a hardware business. Now, with the launch of the Roku channel in the UK, this focus on ad-supported content takes a boost outside the United States.

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