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Roku officially comes to Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone

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We love checking out new apps for Windows Phone and Windows 8.1. Especially when those apps are official and have long been requested by the community. Today Windows 8.1 is getting a highly sought after app. It's time to welcome Roku to the Windows family.

Head to the Windows Store and you'll find Roku (roku.com)for your tablet or touch-screen machine. We say that because mouse and keyboard input is not supported, you'll need touch to get the job done.

Roku? It's a company that makes popular set-top boxes that offer streaming content from channels like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, HBO Go and others. This Windows 8.1 app will allow you to control the Roku device in your household.

Here are the features of Roku for Windows 8.1: - Automatically detect all Roku players on the local network - View installed Roku channels and launch the channel with a tap - Control your Roku player with an on-screen remote control

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We don't have a Roku device to test this out just yet, but we just ordered the Streaming Stick from Roku for $49.99 (Amazon) to play around with the app later.

Have a Roku? Sound off below with your impressions of their product and this new app. We should note that this is listed as Universal Windows app, which means we should hopefully see an official Windows Phone version shortly.

Update: Turns out we've got the Windows Phone version available too!

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Via: WinBeta

Thanks for the tip diegolara and mtg1974

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Roku officially comes to Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone

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This is new in Windows 8.1. A Windows 8.1 app (NOT a Windows 8 app running on Windows 8.1, but an app that will only run on 8.1 or higher) can be published with a requirement for a touchscreen without keyboard/mouse support.

 

It's odd for an app like this to not support keyboard and mouse though...in Windows apps touch and mouse can be used interchangeably with no effort required (e.g. a touch and a mouse click are treated as the same thing). I can understand a touch-based game not supporting a mouse, but a media remote?

even worse a game can get "Xbox" Live on Win 8.1 and not support a "Xbox" controller... or keyboard support for that matter... Yeah Im looking at you FIFA 2014.....

There is an app called Remote For Roku with keyboard support. I have the streaming stick, I'll try it tonight and update the crew.

UPDATE: CONFIRMED to work with the Roku "Streaming Stick".

dont have a roku but is the new modern windows catching on? It appears there's a ground swell of apps coming

I'm wondering this myself! Microsoft clearly is a sleeping beast...and hey, it's a good thing! People are noticing it from things like Universal apps, Xbox One, and Surface Pro 3. I do truly believe 2014 is the year Microsoft can shine ;)

Logically a phone app first would make more sense, but WIndows has more market share I guess. But then a universal app would make more sense!

PHONE APP IS OUT TOO.. I just downloaded it on my Lumia 521. Roku is the best straming box in the market by the way. It has the most channels both free and paid. Any channel that the other devices have the Roku box has but there is channels that the Roku has that other devices dont have. They keep adding more and more channels every week. Its an amazing device for such a low price.

I use to love Roku, but I'm really pissed off that they still don't have profile support for Netflix. Only the new devices have profile support and I'm not buying any more roku boxes. I have four already. Most of the channels are awful. I only used it for Netflix and Plex.

Ive been using the trail WPREMOTE for ROKU but only problem i had with it was i couldn't use YouTube search it i guess wasnt made available to non us users. Im using the hdmi streaming stick way better Netflix experience then the lg tv upgrader

Just timing/coincidence I'd say. The store has matured a lot and reached a few milestones (Windows 8.1, universal apps, for example). It takes time to create apps, and these companies probably waited a while and all decided to build their apps at roughly the same time, then maybe held them back for universal app capability and/or Windows 8.1.

Have been waiting for Windows Phone support for awhile, and it sounds like the wait is almost over. We have four in our house and love them all. Two sticks and two Roku 3 devices.

I also have been waiting. For 3 years, I have been hoping for an official app. It works great! Very responsive. Glad to see we are finally getting a little attention by companies.

And another One..... Good news for the W8 community keeps sliding in faster and faster day by day... Keep them coming I would say and lets be honest the big boys cannot deny the w8 platform. I think we all made a wise decision to go the wp8 and the w8 way. Microsoft has all big boys by the balls :-o

I said the same thing on another site:

Microsoft really should release something like this for the Media Center. They're sitting on entertainment gold and letting it rot!

With everyone else now branching into TV, MS is bound to let thier already great solution flounder until they're behind in the market and playing second fiddle to Apple and Google again.

Problem is aside from hdhomerun(which only works with atsc) or Hauppauge's premium desktop software theres no real way wmc can work with full potential on a tablet

Microsoft really should do something with Media Center. Really fantastic and core feature if you have a TV antenna.

Awesome! Just looked at it. Guess it does what it's supposed to do, but I actually like Remote For Roku better cause the interface looks like a Roku remote.

I recently got a Roku 2. I found a remote app at Windows Store called "remote 4 roku." Works great, much better than the remote which came with the device. I want to try the Roku app when it comes to wiindows phone.

Netflix has been completely busted on my Roku 3 for over a month. Company isn't worth my time any longer. I moved on. No fix in sight, no response other than blame shifting.

Sadly I use wired connection when I'm streaming from Plex to my TV and other Roku apps. It would be great if wired and Wi-Fi were available at the same time.

Since iI got my Roku 3 this past January I haven't look back. It's solid.

I know but you would have to switch your Roku device to Wi-Fi as well. It takes way too long to stream movies over Wi-Fi from my PC. that's why I use wired. Almost instant streaming a 1080p movie. You have to choose either Wi-Fi or wired when using Roku. In my case this app is useless. :(

I don't even have a Roku but I'm downloading this because each app that officially comes that WP/WP8 as opposed to adv indy dev picking up the main companies slack deserves at least a download. If not only to send a message that there is an audience.

Does the Roku allow you to stream media from your local PC or NAS? eg. Mp4's, mkv's etc., Or should I just stick with my ever faithful WDTV?

There is a fantastic Plex app for Roku, and an enhanced country maintained version.... I run a Plex media server, and stream to several Rokus around the house.

Roku media player channel works pretty well for me. only thing is most of my files contain dts audio which isnt supported so i'm doing some converting to aac audio. 

Finally! Hopefully they will update it to match the Android and iOS version. Really want to be able to beem photos with the app to my tv.

Only for United States?

"This app is not available in your region or is not compatible with your phone" <-Translated from Norwegian.

Lumia 920 WP8.1

Another app that exists in Windows Store and only as the stickers for Google play and Apple Store :( Many persons I know don't buy Windows phone because of this, they say the apps don't exist in Windows! Is it possible for Microsoft to advertize the sticker thru the emails of these developers???????????

Nice, detected my Sky NowTV box no issue. Don't have time this morning to look into why by it doesn't show the NoWTV channel though in my channels. Could be a change I can may on the (Sky) Roku.

Use the box to give any of the currently missing apps on XboxOne such as NoWTV or BBC iPlayer, neat solution through the HDMI in.

The Roku boxes are awesome. I now have 3 in my flat to run from my plex server. In the UK you can get the NOW TV box from sky for £9.99 which is a cut down Roku LT. You can side load plex on it but it comes with BBC iPlayer, itv player, 4OD and demand 5. The Sky now app is alright but I didn't stay with it. Its a good cheap way of adding on demand to a TV.

awesome! Now if only my roku was working.... I've had to switch to using my star wars Xbox since the WiFi hasn't been working with our already weak signaled WiFi.

I currently have a WDTV Live streamer as a gift, it works fine but in terms of apps seems a bit outdated, that said it does have netflix and iplayer which is 90% of my use. I'd jump to Roku in a heartbeat if they had an Amazon Instant app (I'm UK based) but unfortunately for some reason none of these streaming devices seem to have the app even though the US versions do. Xbox 360 is slow as molasses these days so a pain to use for Amazon.

Fantastic app for my Lumia 620. This works really well and actually declutters my life of yet one more remote. Thanks Roku.

It's only available for Windows Phone 8.1 and above? Well, being a Verizon customer that's as good as saying, "Forget you!"

Disappointing.