The new apps significantly bolster Roku's live TV offerings, although they require authentication from an affiliated cable TV provider.
WatchESPN and Major League Soccer apps aim at sports fans, while other new apps focus on photos, anime.
A marketing exec for ESPN speaks appreciatively of the opportunities, but the sports network later says there are no conversations with Apple about authenticating WatchESPN.
The big event starts Thursday. But unless you're going to be in Brazil, here's a handy list of apps you'll need to track your favorite teams and keep up with the action.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup is set to kick off on June 12 in Brazil. Here's how you can tune in on all of your devices.
Users of Apple's set-top box who want to watch a game of baseball followed by a "Game of Thrones" are in luck. HBO and ESPN apps are now available, but you need a pay-TV subscription for most content.
What does ESPN do when four TV channels aren't enough for the biggest World Cup the US has ever seen? Go digital.
The NFL is the latest to take advantage of the shift to digital with media including game highlights and media produced by the teams, NFL.com, or the NFL Network.
Services such as Netflix and YouTube have replaced catalogs of DVDs and VHS tapes in the modern home entertainment center.
Streaming of Thursday's key soccer games hits a record for ESPN -- and perhaps for video on the Internet, period.