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Roku update adds cross-provider search over Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, HBO, Vudu and Crackle

Richard Lawler, @Rjcc
October 29, 2012
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We've seen web portals that let you search for TV and movies on the internet across different services, but a new update for Roku is bringing that capability directly to its set-top boxes. Whether you're searching by movie, TV show, actor or director it will sniff out related content across some of the higher profile services it offers, including Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, Crackle, Vudu and HBO Go. The new Roku Search function is front and center (once your second gen HD or higher player has been updated to the latest version) and in our tests worked quickly, pulling up content wherever it was available and mentioning if it was available in HD. The only downside is navigating the onscreen keyboard via remote, although you can always sub in your mobile device thanks to those recently upgraded remote apps for iOS and Android. All in all Roku says it can reach its tendrils across around 130,000 titles and almost 100,000 actors and directors. Check after the break for a couple of screenshots and a quick demo video, hit the official blog for more info or force an update on your hockey puck to check it out yourself.

Roku update adds crossprovider search across Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, HBO, Vudu and CrackleRoku update adds crossprovider search across Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, HBO, Vudu and Crackle

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