Roku to add 10 more channels by year's end
The Roku Digital Video Player may be getting as many as 10 new video-on-demand "channels" by the end of 2009 after distributing a development kit to partners.
The Roku Player was originally a Netflix-only device, but it recently added. The U.S. News story reports Roku has "quietly distributed a development kit to what Twerdahl calls a few 'close, big-name' partners." More info is expected to be revealed this summer, at which time the development kit would be made available to additional programmers.
Providers weren't named, but tech blogger Dave Zatz points out that YouTube support on the Roku has been hinted at in the past, and that Blip.tv has outed itself as a Roku developer as well. If those are 2 of the 10, that still leaves 8 more.
Obviously, any of the existing video content aggregators (Hulu, Sling.com, and CNET sister-site TV.com) would be huge attractions to the Roku, as would individual network-video sites. I'd also like to see some music services (was just added to Roku rival Vudu, and will also be on most Samsung and shipping in 2009).
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