LOS GATOS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Roku, Inc. (Nasdaq: ROKU) today announced that the Sanyo brand is now part of the Roku TV™ licensing program. Funai Corporation expects to ship the first Sanyo Roku TVs in Canada this quarter.
“The Roku® operating system makes our smart TVs an attractive option for consumers, with simple navigation and search, an easy-to-use remote, thousands of streaming channels and regular software updates so we can offer a great TV experience to our customers,” said Peter Swinkels, GM, Product Planning at Funai Electric, Inc. “Millions of households are familiar with the Sanyo brand, and together with Roku’s easy-to-use streaming platform that makes a powerful combination.”
“In just four years we have grown the Roku TV licensing program significantly and have launched into other countries such as Canada. We’re thrilled to expand the Roku TV program with our 10th brand - Sanyo - through our work with Funai,” said Chas Smith, general manager of Roku TV & Players. “I am certain that Sanyo Roku TVs will offer Canadian consumers what they’re looking for in a TV: value, simplicity and tons of entertainment options.”
The Roku TV licensing program offers TV OEM partners an easy, efficient, and cost-effective way to build smart TVs that consumers love to use. The Roku operating system provides consumers with access to an ever-growing library of content as well as regular, automatic updates so they can be sure they have the latest and greatest features.
About Funai Corporation
Funai Corporation with offices at Rutherford, NJ and Torrance, CA is a subsidiary of Funai Electric Co., LTD and is the exclusive licensee for Sanyo consumer televisions and home video products in North America. Funai Electric Co., Ltd., established in 1961, is headquartered in Osaka, Japan and is listed in the Tokyo Securities Exchange First Section (6839). In addition to the consumer electronic product brands sold by Funai sales and marketing companies in Asia, Europe, and South America, Funai Electric Company, Ltd. is a major original equipment manufacturer (OEM) supplier for appliance, consumer electronics, computer, and computer peripheral companies at a global level.
About Roku, Inc.
Roku pioneered streaming to the TV. We connect users to the streaming content they love, enable content publishers to build and monetize large audiences, and provide advertisers with unique capabilities to engage consumers. Roku streaming players and Roku TV models are available around the world through direct retail sales and licensing arrangements with TV OEMs and service operators. The company was founded by Anthony Wood, inventor of the DVR. Roku is headquartered in Los Gatos, Calif. U.S.A.
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