Roku players begin shipping in the UK, will arrive with the BBC iPlayer channel

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The Roku set-top box has officially begun shipping for those in the UK market. And nicely done, they will arrive with the BBC iPlayer channel. More specifically, the Roku players will arrive with more than 40 streaming channels including a few that are region specific. Some of the others that will join the BBC iPlayer channel include Netflix, Crackle, Ultimate Fighting Championship, MLB.TV and Plus, who can forget about Angry Birds. Otherwise, in terms of the players, there will be two available — the Roku LT and the Roku 2 XS (pictured above) and they will be selling for £49.99 and £99.99 respectively.

Keep reading to check out the full press release…

Roku Increases Selection of Entertainment Content; Begins Shipping Roku Players to Customers in the UK

Roku Players Feature More than 40 Streaming Channels Including Region-Specific Programmes

Saratoga, Calif. and LONDON – Feb. 10, 2012 – Roku ®, the leading streaming platform in the U.S., today announced the addition of BBC iPlayer to its growing selection of video, music and games in the UK. Joining Netflix, and others, the new channel will allow Roku’s UK customers to catch up on recent BBC programming on their television sets without the need for a PC.

“Roku recognizes the importance of region-specific programmes so today we are excited to announce the addition of BBC iPlayer to our platform,” said Clive Hudson, vice president and general manager for Europe at Roku. “This is among the first of many significant content partnerships for Roku in Europe and we look forward to making additional announcements in the coming weeks.”

Roku streaming players are known for their low prices, simplicity and quality of content. Two models of Roku players – Roku LT and Roku 2 XS – are available in the UK and the Republic of Ireland for suggested retail prices of £49.99 and £99.99 respectively (customers can visit to find retailers). Both models feature more than 40 channels of streaming entertainment including on-demand films and programmes from Netflix and Crackle (Crackle is available in the UK only); live and on-demand sports from MLB.TV and Ultimate Fighting Championship organisation; music from Classical TV and TuneIn; photos and videos from Facebook and Flickr; news and entertainment from WSJ Live from the Wall Street Journal, and others from around the world – plus casual games like Angry Birds.

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