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The Roku Streaming Player, or simply Roku is a series of digital media player set-top boxes manufactured by Roku, Inc. Roku partners provide over-the-top content in the form of channels. The name comes from the Japanese word roku meaning "six" and was named so because it was the sixth company that Anthony Wood (CEO 2002-) started. A Roku streaming device gets data (the video stream) via a wired or Wi-Fi connection to an Internet router. The data is output via an audio cable, video cable, or HDMI cable. The device can be connected to any television set (or other video display device) with appropriate input connections.

The Roku is an open-platform device with a freely available software development kit that enables anyone to create new channels. The channels are written in a Roku-specific language called BrightScript, a scripting language the company describes as 'unique', but "similar to Visual Basic" and "similar to JavaScript".

Developers who wish to test their channels before a general release, or who wish to limit viewership, can create "private" channels that require a code be entered by the user in the account page of the Roku website. These private channels, which are not part of the official Roku Channel Store, are neither reviewed nor approved by Roku.

There is an NDK (Native Developer Kit) available, though it has added restrictions.

Roku shares have absolutely exploded in the last week, rising from $18.84 to $45.30 in the past five days alone, after having remained relatively calm since the IPO in late September. We have two ROKU boxes in our home, and a new television we bought a year ago even has the Roku service built in as an integral part of the tuner.
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31I plan to sign up for HBO right after the Game of Thrones season, watch the episRon-April 10
30HBO is available as a premium add-on through the Roku Channel engadget.comJakeStraw1April 5
29Roku pulled back today on analyst warnings of competitive threats from Amazon anzax-April 4
28[tweet]SI Ron (Soup Nazi)-April 4
27You can now control your Roku with an Amazon Echo theverge.com After announcing JakeStraw-March 5
26Roku had its price target raised by analysts at Needham & Company LLC from $JakeStraw-February 22
25Roku, which surged 25% Monday, falls again after Citron calls it 'uninvestabJakeStraw-January 8
24Roku is still well off its highs. The buying opportunity remains, IMO.zax-January 7
23barrons.com Roku Stock Is Surging on Strong User Growth Roku (ticker: ROKU) stblackletterlaw-January 7
22THIS is why I loaded the boat on Roku last year Who else already has an Internezax-January 2
21A Big Roku Bull Scales the Stock’s Price Target Way Back barrons.com Needham’s LJakeStraw-12/13/2018
20I think Apple is going to try to Buy Roku.zax-11/24/2018
19Alibaba's on-demand online services unit valued at $30 bln m.nasdaq.comJakeStraw-11/8/2018
18Roku plans to shake up how customers watch video, and it could help the company JakeStraw-11/8/2018
17Roku was upgraded by analysts at Wedbush from a "neutral" rating to anJakeStraw-11/1/2018
16Sonos may add Roku's entertainment platform to its speakers engadget.comJakeStraw-10/18/2018
15The anti-Netflix: Free, ad-supported video streaming services are growing OctobGlenn Petersen210/2/2018
14Q2 2018 Shareholder Letter ir.roku.comJakeStraw-8/10/2018
13Roku 55.78+8.53 (+18.05%) Roku target raised to $67 at KeyBanc after earnings zax-8/9/2018
12The next big TV tech platform: Roku Sara Fischer Axios May 22, 2018 [graphic] Glenn Petersen-5/22/2018
11What to Do With Roku? barrons.comzax-2/23/2018
10I think today's pullback for Roku represents an outstanding entry point. Thzax-2/23/2018
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