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Roku 3 As Many Apps to Choose from as your Smartphone

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Remember a time a few year back when no one had even heard of an app? Well, times, they are a changing.

It started with the Apple Store and has now extended to Google Play. The next great app market is with your Roku device. With as many apps to choose from as your smartphone, Roku is at the cutting edge of streaming devices. The release of Roku 3, with its motion sensor remote perfect for playing games, take the app market to a whole new level. Curious as to what the Roku app market has to offer? Here are a few of the best, category by category.

Movies & Television

Most Roku users are looking for this type of content, and Roku does not disappoint. Obviously, it has the biggies like Netflix and Hulu Plus, both of which have an extensive selection and require a monthly subscription fee. Netflix programming includes both television programming as well as movies. If you are looking for something a little more current – as in the current season of a hot TV show – Hulu Plus picks up where Netflix leaves off and satisfies the need to know what’s going on right now on the broadcast network shows. Other popular movie and TV channels include HBO Go, Flixster, Amazon Instant Video, Crackle, MGo, Vudu, Redbox Instant, PBS, Lifetime, and many, many more.

Music

If music is your cup of tea, Roku has you covered. Pandora has a fantastic selection of free, focused music channels based on what you tell it that you like (tell it an artist, and it will create a station around his or her music and similar artists). TuneIn features streams of various radio stations around the world, and it allows you to search according to artist or program. Other music channels featured on Roku are Vevo, Plex, Spotify, iHeart Radio, and others.

Sports

Does the thought of giving up cable leave you homesick for live sports? If so, consider subscribing to one of the many sports channels on Roku. Almost every professional league has its own network, including MLB.TV, MLS, NBA Gametime, and NHL GameCenter. There are also free sports channels such as WatchESPN. Though not quite as developed as the movie area, expect the sports availability on Roku to grow in the future.

Games

Movie programming was a big of a given with the Roku, and sports was somewhat surprising, but the new addition of games is positively shocking. Who knew you could do all of this with a Roku? Current favorites, including the Angry Birds series, are joined by the classics like Mah Jongg, Hangman, and even Tic-Tac-Toe to create a surprisingly extensive game menu. If you are lucky enough to have a Roku 3, you will enjoy an even better gaming experience with its motion sensitive remote control which is just perfect for gaming.

Roku programming offers the best selection in the business, from movies to sports to games and more. While you won’t need or want every channel, you will appreciate and love the variety. Expect more channels to be added in the future for an even better experience.