Previous month, Roku declared plans to squarely sell subscriptions for various premium video services, comprising Epix, Starz, Showtime, and others via its Roku Channel. This week, it is starting off that effort. Users will be capable of paying for the monthly subscription bills via their current Roku account—keeping everything on a single bill—and content from every provider will be available within The Roku Channel.
It is a method that is analogous to the paid add-on “channels” such as Showtime, HBO, and CBS All Access that Amazon provides to Prime Video users. Roku believes that people may find it to be a more suitable subscription manager as there is no recurring membership needed. Every service providing a subscription will have a 30-day free trial. What is less expedient is that Roku does not have HBO amongst its associates, so you will have to get that one separately from a different place.
On a related note, Sonos earlier was in talks to possibly add Roku voice control into its smart devices, as per the media report. The report claims that these are still “first round talks,” hence they are not a certain thing, but given that voice assistant by Roku is not out yet, that makes sufficient logic.
The joint venture, if it matures, would permit consumers to employ the microphones built within Sonos’ speakers to manage what is playing on their Roku-linked TVs, much similar to how you can already do with Voice Remote by Roku. The incorporation can be even more influential once Roku’s “Entertainment Assistant” rolls out, but we have not seen yet everything that it will be capable of.
Integrating the two services can also make it simpler to sync and set up Sonos speakers with a Roku-linked TV. The full information of how the incorporation might work is not completely clear yet.