Roku offers a series of streaming media players through which users can add channels to stream to their television. There are live-streaming and on-demand options available, and Roku supports channels such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, WWE Network, HBO Go and over 1,000 other channels. There are various generations of Roku boxes dating back to the Roku DVP in 2009, up to the Roku 3 in 2013. Roku also made SoundBridge, a networked music player, and a larger set-top media hub, PhotoBridge. Roku mobile apps allow for remote control, content browsing, and pushing media from your device to your TV. Roku devices are sold through a wide variety of online and physical retailers, and range in price from $49.99 to $99.99. Newer Roku remotes are motion-sensitive, and include headphone jacks for local, private audio. Roku has a licensing program called Roku Ready, which allows other devices to host Roku content over an MHL connection which provides video, audio, and power.
Roku was founded in 2002 by Anthony Wood, who had previously made the first DVR at ReplayTV and continues to be the CEO. Roku's other executives include Chas Smith, General Manager, OEM; Collette Bunton, General Manager, Devices; Erik Bardman, CFO; Stephen Kay, General Counsel; Jim Funk, Senior VP, Product Management; Mark Goodwin, Senior VP of Software Engineering; Matthew Anderson, CMO; Scott de Haas, VP of Hardware Engineering; Steve Shannon, General Manager of Content and Services. Roku's board of directors consists of Anthony Wood, Roku; Shawn Carolan, Menlo Ventures; Ravi Ahuja, FOX Networks Group; Daniel Leff, Luminari Capital; Alan Henricks, Consultant; Jeff Hastings, BrightSign. Roku is a privately held company that has raised $45 million from News Corp. and British Sky Broadcasting in 2012, and another $60 million from Fidelity and Hearst Corp. in 2013, and another $1.9 million from Sky in 2013.