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Roku TV update brings nifty new ‘More Ways to Watch’ streaming feature

by Josh Levenson | April 12, 2017April 12, 2017 7:00 pm PDT

If you own a TV powered by Roku’s proprietary operating system, you’ll probably be pleased to hear that it’s set to receive a rather hefty update in the coming weeks.

The most notable addition the upgrade brings is a new feature called “More Ways to Watch,” which alerts you whenever a movie or show you’re watching can be streamed using popular services, like Hulu and Netflix.

At first, it may seem a little pointless; but, it’s actually extremely useful, especially when you’re watching live TV and miss the beginning of a show, as (if it’s available on a streaming platform) you can instantly skip to the start.

But how does it work? According to Roku, the feature uses Automatic Content Recognition (ACR) technology to recognize what’s currently being viewed, then scans service providers to see if the content is accessible.

More Ways to Watch is an opt-in feature

Obviously, not everyone is going to be happy with their TV actively monitoring what they’re watching, so you’ll have to manually opt-in to use More Ways to Watch once it arrives on your device.

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Josh Levenson is an avid technology enthusiast who writes news and the occasional how-to. He's also a self-proclaimed sneakerhead and has been an...