Roku announces some very big news that could worry Amazon's Fire TV Stick

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Roku announces some very big news that could worry Amazon's Fire TV Stick

Roku has announced some major news about its TV streaming devices (Image: ROKU)

The Fire TV Stick might be considered the king when it comes to streaming devices but Roku is trying to steal its crown. The US firm has just announced some major news that will certainly have Amazon more than a little worried. Roku says that it now has a whopping 51.2 million active accounts which is up by around 14 million on the previous year.

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Of course, with many of us stuck at home due to the current restrictions it may not come as any surprise that these gadgets have grown so rapidly in popularity. It appears that being ay home has led to a surge in us watching content online with Roku revealing that an estimated 58.7 billion hours were watched in 2020 – that’s an increase of 55 percent year on year.

It also shows that consumers are switching from conventional pay TV to more flexible ways of tuning into content. In fact, nearly one-third of households in the US have cut traditional pay TV, according to Roku’s 2020 cord cutting study.

Furthermore, eMarketer predicts that by the end of 2024, fewer than half of American households will subscribe to a traditional pay TV service.

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“I’m excited that more than 50 million households now turn to Roku for their TV viewing,” said Roku CEO Anthony Wood. “The world is moving to streaming and we look forward to continuing to help viewers, advertisers, content publishers, and TV manufacturers succeed in the Streaming Decade.”

News of this Roku boost comes as Amazon has just pushed out a major upgrade to its Fire TV devices.

This not only includes access to Sky’s NOW TV straight from the streaming stick but also a new look to the home screen which makes it easier to find content.

Other additions including the Main Menu now being placed at the centre of your screen to make it easy to find what you’re looking for.

You can also now jump straight into your favourite streaming service directly, or scroll over supported apps to quickly peek at what’s inside and begin playback.

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For those wanting to search for something to watch, Amazon has introduced an all-new Find experience.

This, they say, makes it much easier to discover movies, TV shows, and more. You can even browse genres such as comedies and action or categories like Kids and Family or apps.

Of course, this is an Amazon device and no update would be complete without some Alexa news.

Tucked inside the Fire TV Stick update are improved voice controls that give you greater control of your entertainment.

For example, you can now simply say “Alexa, go to Library” to browse shows. With user profiles, Fire TV now delivers a personalised experience for up to six members of a household, providing individual content recommendations, viewing history, watch lists, preferred settings, and more.

Originally published here Daily Express :: Tech Feed

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