“We are looking at a variety of distribution opportunities for The Roku Channel but don’t have anything specific to share today,” a Roku spokesperson said via email.
Roku launched the Roku Channel as an ad-supported video-on-demand service on its own streaming devices as well as Roku TVs last September. The channel offers free, ad-supported access to over a thousand movies and TV show episodes from studios like Lionsgate, Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM), Sony Pictures Entertainment and Warner Bros. Earlier this week, the company announced that it would add live news progamming from ABC News and others to the Roku Channel as well.
Roku also recently announced plans to bring the Roku Channel to Samsung smart TVs this summer. Variety was first to report about Roku’s plans to bring the channel to third-party devices in October.
By bringing the Roku Channel to game consoles and streaming devices made by other companies, the company is more squarely competing with other ad-supported streaming services like Sony’s Crackle and Tubi TV. Getting the channel in front of those additional audiences could ultimately help the company grow its advertising revenue while minimizing its reliance on its own streaming devices.
That’s especially noteworthy as others are extending their reach in the smart TV space: Just last week, Amazon announced a partnership with Best Buy to sell TV sets powered by the company’s Fire TV operating system in Best Buy stores across North America.