Pandora updates Roku app with "grid interface" and genre channels

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 12:30pm

Pandora's new update to its app on the Roku platform includes new station navigation, support for genre stations, and multiple account support.

Roku makes "digital media receivers" that connect Internet streamed video and audio services to televisions and home theater systems. Pandora is the most popular music service on the platform, and the new app is its 3.0 iteration.

The app's new "grid interface" (see the screenshot) is designed to make it easier and faster to find and navigate both user-created stations and Pandora-programmed genre stations. Up to 5 Pandora accounts can now be connected (and quickly switched between). And the screen saver and extended search results screens now feature album art.

Read more in the Roku blog here.

Slacker launches app for TV streaming box Roku

Friday, June 1, 2012 - 11:35am

RokuSlacker Radio has arrived on Roku, a device used to stream web content to TVs. Roku also others apps from Pandora, SomaFM, Radio Paradise, Live365, TuneIn, Rdio, MOG and other services. Slacker's new app offers more than 200 curated stations, plus content from ESPN Radio and ABC News.

"Television apps are the latest frontier in personalized radio services," comments The Verge (here). You can find out more from Roku's blog here.

USA Today reports web radio apps landing in consumers' living rooms inside "smart" TVs, video game systems and Blu-ray players

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 11:05am

A "smart" TV with plenty of web apps built right inConsumers are increasingly purchasing gadgets that enable them to experience web services -- from Netflix to Pandora -- on their TVs, reports USA Today. "Driving it is the consumer [appetite] for a wide variety of content on demand and the availability of devices that allow them to get that content on their big-screen TV," said an analyst at market research firm In-Stat.

Plus, "this holiday season could be the perfect time to bring these new services to your living room," writes USA Today. "There are bargains to be had."

The publication proceeds to run-through the various ways you could bring Internet services into your living room, from set-top boxes (like offerings from Roku, Apple and Boxee) to Blu-ray players to video game consoles to TVs with web apps built right in.

Though USA Today mostly focuses on the video app side of things, Internet radio and on-demand music streaming services are available on nearly all of the devices the article recommends.

Pandora on Google TVIf the research in USA Today's article is any indication, web-connected TVs are becoming more and more mainstream. We've seen indications of the desire for web radio on TVs in the past, from Comcast testing a native Pandora app for Xfinity cable customers (here) to Roku adding a dedicated Pandora button to their remote controls (here).

In fact, Roku said then that Pandora was one of the top five most popular apps on its devices.

And even if consumers don't necessarily buy a "smart" TV or Boxee Box for Internet radio services, they will be exposed to apps from Pandora, TuneIn Radio,, iHeartRadio and others. As we've written about before (here), that could very beneficial to webcasters.

Finally, it's not just on the TV that web radio and streaming music is making in-roads with mainstream consumers. The New York Times reports today on a wide range of stereo devices ready to stream music from Internet radio and other web services.

You can find USA Today's article here and the New York Times' article here.

TV web streaming device Roku to add Pandora button to remotes

Friday, November 4, 2011 - 8:10am

Roku will add a Pandora button to its remote controlsRoku, the maker of TV boxes that stream web content from Netflix among many services, will soon add a dedicated Pandora button to their remote controls.

Pandora is reportedly one of the top five most popular "channels" on Roku. The Pandora button-touting remotes should arrive early this month.

Find more from Pandora's press release here.

Roku to introduce $50 TV streamer with Net radio apps

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 12:00pm

Roku LTRoku will release a $50 "LT" version of its web-connected TV box next month. Roku's boxes include apps for Pandora, TuneIn Radio, MOG, Live365, MP3tunes, Radio Paradise and Rdio -- as well as video services like Netflix. Engadget has more coverage here.


Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 12:00pm

LG, Sharp and Philips are “joining forces” to create a development kit for web-connected TV applications, essentially creating a common standard for developers. This is good news for anyone hoping to gain a presence on new Internet-connected TVs, including webcasters.

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