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Technology Roku’s new free app lets you control your viewing with your Apple Watch

23:25  08 november  2019
23:25  08 november  2019 Source:   theverge.com

Apple Watch Studio lets you pair any band and case

Apple Watch Studio lets you pair any band and case To date, you've had fairly limited ways to create Apple Watch band and case combos -- retail only has a small number of each to try out, and even the web configurator only lets you go so far. You won't be left wondering for long, at least. Apple has unveiled a Watch Studio for its retail and online stores that will let you pair any band with any case. That's 1,000 pairings, Apple said. The company didn't outline the differences between the two (besides retail's advantage of physical try-ons, of course), but the in-store crowd will get to see combinations on iPad kiosks. It's not surprising that Apple would go this route.

The Apple Watch now has a free Roku app available for download. The new app even allows for voice control , so you can launch channels or find programs without having to tap your screen (as long as you are using an Apple Watch Series 1 through 5 — it apparently doesn’t work with the

The app also lets Roku Ultra and some Roku TV users locate their missing standalone remote controls when they’re missing. Roku ’ s initial Apple Watch feature set is impressive because it actually redefines expectations for a wrist-based media player remote control : It’s a more thoughtful

If you’re constantly misplacing your Roku remote, you now have an alternative way to control your movies — right from your wrist. According to the Roku blog, there is now a free app available for the Apple Watch.

a close up of a hand holding a cellphone© Photo courtesy Roku

The Roku app looks, and works, very much like the iPhone and Android apps. It allows you to launch various Roku-based channels (listed in the order of most recently launched), control the cursor on your TV interface, play and pause your videos — in other words, work as an efficient remote control.

The new app even allows for voice control, so you can launch channels or find programs without having to tap your screen (as long as you are using an Apple Watch Series 1 through 5 — it apparently doesn’t work with the first-generation watch). And if you would rather use the actual remote, but can’t remember where you put it, the app will make the remote chime so you can find it.

The new Roku app for the Apple Watch can be installed today from the updated iPhone app, version 6.1.3. (Note: According to Roku, you may need to manually install from the Watch app if automatic installs are turned off.)

Apple TV app is now available on the Fire TV Stick .
Apple wants to make Apple TV+ available in as many places as possible. Yes, you have heard us say that before. Just last week, the Apple TV app arrived on Roku, and today, Amazon announced that the Apple TV app is available on the Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen) and Fire TV Stick 4K -- in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and India. When Apple TV+ launches on November 1st, the streaming service will be available on those devices, too. Through the app, users will have access to their iTunes libraries and all of the TV shows and movies they've already purchased or rented through Apple. Of course, the app will allow users to sign up for Apple TV+ even if they don't own an Apple device.

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