The business of dongles and sticks

And the best new movies this week on streaming

The business of how we watch our favorite movies and shows doesn't get much attention but it is significant - especially in the streaming era. Surprisingly, one of the biggest players in that space is Roku. Roku's rise to prominence -to the tune of $45 billion dollars - is detailed in this article. It's fascinating how they are following Netflix's playbook to make room for themselves in the streaming era. This chart shows just how significant they are the streaming device space.

Going toe to toe with Amazon's low price streaming devices is certainly commendable and now Roku is pushing hard into the content space. Not long ago they bought much of Quibi's (remember them) catalog to buttress their Roku Channel (Ad supported streaming) offering . I'm not a big fan of the AVOD (advertising-based video on demand) model myself but there are tons of people who don't want to or can't afford to pay for Netflix, or Hulu , or other subscription based content services every month. For those folks it's good that other options are being made available to them through Roku's service and others that make streaming content free to access with ads.

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Here are the best new movies available this week on streaming video

False Positive (2021)

Available Friday, June 25 on Hulu

As if getting pregnant weren't complicated enough, Lucy sets out to uncover the unsettling truth about her fertility doctor.

The Ice Road (2021)

Available Friday, June 25 on Netflix

After the collapse of a diamond mine in northern Canada, ice road truckers (Liam Neeson and Laurence Fishburne) race against the clock, before the ice thaws and the miners are trapped. Will they make it in time and intact?

Good on Paper (2021)

Available Wednesday, June 23 on Netflix
After years of putting her career ahead of love, stand-up comic Andrea Singer has stumbled upon the perfect guy. On paper, he checks all the boxes but is he everything he appears to be?

Other movies available this week

Netflix

  • The House of Flowers: The Movie (2021)

  • The Seventh Day (2021)

  • Killing Them Softly (2012)

Hulu

  • The Guilt Trip (2012)

  • Hostiles (2017)

  • Monster Trucks (2016)

  • An American Haunting (2005)

  • Safer at Home (2021)

HBO Max

  • Explota Explota (2020)

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