Roku continues to assert their dominance as the cross platform king of streaming media with the addition of a Google Play Movies & TV channel now available for Roku owners in the US, UK, Ireland and Canada.
The app mirrors the functionality of the Google Play Movies & TV experience on the Chromecast, including the Info Cards that display information on screen when the show or movie is paused.
Google is also treating you to a free copy of the original X-Men movie from 2000 in HD. Just click on “Gift from Google” when you first sign in from the channel.
Obviously credit is owed to Google for bringing their app to the Roku rather than trying to isolate their content with Chromecast and Nexus Player owners. Clearly they benefit from making the content as widely available as possible, but not all of the streaming hardware manufacturers have seen it that way.
iTunes content becomes the one truly notable omission for Roku owners, and I don’t think anyone is holding their breath for that to come to pass.
Between this announcement and the compelling new Fire TV Stick from Amazon announced earlier this week there is just a lot of competition in the streaming media space and that is almost always going to benefit the consumer.