20 OCT 2021

Roku Brand Studios unveils fall premier for new season of “Roku Recommends”

The show, produced by Funny Or Die, is set to debut free of charge on the company's streaming platform this season.

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Roku, Inc. announced that “Roku Recommends” will return for a brand-new slate of episodes starting this fall. The title is available to stream for free on The Roku Channel and Featured Free with new episodes every Thursday.  “Roku has endless shows and movies to choose from as America’s No. 1 TV Streaming Platform,” says Maria Menounos, co-host of Roku Recommends. “If you’re like me, it’s hard to pick what to stream next! That’s why I’m so thrilled we get to bring you more episodes of our weekly program that was designed to help viewers rediscover classics or discover their next favorite show."

“Roku Recommends” is a Roku Brand Studio series created in partnership with The Roku Channel team and produced by Funny Or Die. Funny or Die’s Mike Farah, Beth Belew, and Jim Ziegler serve as executive producers. "We’re thrilled to partner with the Roku Brand Studio to bring value to our brands,” said Jessica Brown, Director, Digital Investment, GroupM. “Not only are we able to provide a service helping streamers find new entertainment, but also work with Roku on new and innovative ways to measure the success of our activity.”

Several leading national advertisers have signed on as sponsors of the weekly program, including Walmart. Unlike sponsorships on traditional TV, marketers can use the Roku Measurement Partner Program to quantify whether their “Roku Recommends” integration reaches SVOD-only streamers, adds incremental reach to their overall video ad campaign, shifts perceptions of their brand, drives consumers into stores/websites, or moves product off the shelf.

According to Roku internal data, “Roku Recommends” has been a top-10 video-on-demand television series by unique views** on The Roku Channel since its debut in June 2021. Seventy-one percent of “Roku Recommends” households streamed a new channel on the Roku platform after watching an episode of “Roku Recommends” since its debut. “Today, advertisers need a new way to reach their customers, especially as more streamers spend time in ad-free, subscription-only environments,” said Chris Bruss, Head of Roku Brand Studio. “We’re thrilled that major brands are finding Roku Recommends helps their customers discover movies and shows, and go beyond the traditional 30-second ad to entertain and engage.”

“Roku Recommends” is a fifteen-minute weekly entertainment program that uses exclusive Roku data to help streamers discover brand-new shows and hidden gems on America's No. 1 TV streaming platform. Streamers can count on co-hosts Emmy Award-winner Maria Menounos and award-winning, multi-hyphenate, Andrew “Hawk” Hawkins to shine a spotlight on their top-5 best bets and movies to stream for the week. “It’s getting harder and harder to decide what to watch now that there are more options than ever. The whole concept behind “Roku Recommends” is for us to do the dirty work for you and help point viewers in the right direction when streamer-indecision hits,” said Hawk, co-host of Roku Recommends. “I can’t wait to kick off more episodes of sharing the hottest new shows and our own favorite hidden gems across the platform.”

Today, advertisers need a new way to reach their customers, especially as more streamers spend time in ad-free, subscription-only environments. We’re thrilled that major brands are finding Roku Recommends helps their customers discover movies and shows, and go beyond the traditional 30-second ad to entertain and engage.” Chris Bruss Head of Roku Brand Studio