In a blog post yesterday, Roku CEO Anthony Wood revealed his plans to integrate “the most popular streaming players in America” into a new generation of smart TVs. The company’s already inked deals with a number of global television-makers including TCL and Hisense, and although the first Roku TVs won’t launch until fall 2014 we’ll get a first look here at CES 2014.
Wood also offers a few details surrounding the upcoming Roku-powered device, which he claims will be the first truly easy-to-use Smart TVs to hit the market. The television will come with a 20-button remote—apparently half the buttons found on your typical modern remote—and also works with the Roku app for iOS and Android. He also notes that Roku’s 1,200 channels now cover everything from live sports to music to food, and include over 31,000 movies through Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go, Amazon Instant Video and other apps.
Roku’s CEO also takes the opportunity to reflect on 2013, calling it a year full of milestones. The company is now reportedly in on 8 million units sold in America, while available channels doubled and total streaming hours increased by 70 percent compared to 2012. We’re excited to see what 2014 holds for Roku, and we can’t wait to get our hands on the first generation of integrated smart TVs.