Roku (pronounced “roh koo”) is an American, privately held, consumer electronics company that sells home digital media products. The company is based in Saratoga, California. Roku manufactures a variety of digital media receivers that allow customers to access internet streamed video or audio services through televisions. This includes subscription-based services as well as services that are available through the receiver free of charge.
The company was founded in October 2002, by ReplayTV founder Anthony Wood. Roku means “six” in Japanese, a reference to the six companies Wood has launched.
Roku’s consumer products line-up included:
Roku also produced:
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