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Roku Does Windows (10)

Adding another platform to the mix, Roku has launched an app for Windows 10 laptops and tablets.

The app, the first from Roku for use on tablets, enables users to control their Roku streaming device and navigate the platform’s 3,000-plus channels in landscape mode.

“The Roku app for Windows 10 is a universal Windows app, which means it features Cortana support as well,” Matthew Wee, Roku’s senior product manager, noted in this blog post, referencing Microsoft’s voice-capable personal assistant.

The app also features a new homepage with access to the user’s “My Channels” list, a “Play on Roku” feature that supports photos and music for display and playback on the TV.

Roku’s app for Windows 10 is initially offered only in the U.S., but will be available internationally soon, Wee wrote.

Also this week, Roku announced that its universal search now supports more than 50 content sources, as well as a set of news-related features, including a News menu on the home screen, and a news search that outputs results from outlets such as ABC News, CBS News, Fox Business, Fox News, and NBC News.

The following channels are now integrated with Roku’s universal search feature: ABC, ABC News, Acorn TV, Amazon Video, BIGSTAR, Bloomberg TV, CBS All Access, CBS News, CinemaNow, Comedy Central, CONtv, Crackle, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Docurama, Dove Channel, DramaFever, Encore Play, FandangoNOW, Fandor, Fox Business Network, Fox News Channel, FOX NOW, Freeform, FXNOW, Google Play, HBO GO, Hulu, Indieflix, Met Opera on Demand, MTV, NAT GEO TV, NBC News, Netflix, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Premiere, Popcornflix, Pop Flix Classic Movies, Shout Factory TV, SHOWTIME, Smithsonian Channel, SnagFilms Watch Free Movies, Starz Play, Time Warner Cable, Tribeca Shortlist, Tubi TV, VH1, Viewster, VUDU, WATCH Cooking Channel, WATCH DIY Network, Watch Food Network, Watch HGTV and Watch Travel Channel.