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Roku gets a news section, courtesy of AOL — but is that a good thing?

on November 14, 2013

Gigaom

Don’t know which of Roku’s 1,000 or so channels to watch for breaking news? Well, now you don’t have to chose anymore: Roku is putting curated video news from AOL’s (S AOL) AOL On video platform right on your home screen. Roku devices will get a “News” home screen menu item through a software update that will roll out to most Roku devices within the next few weeks.

The news offering will offer videos from more than 1,000 AOL On publishers, including the Wall Street Journal, (S NWS) Reuters and the Associated Press, as well as a number of AOL online properties, including HuffPost Live and Engadget.

AOL On for Roku 1

This isn’t the first time that Roku has struck an exclusive partnership for some of its home screen real estate. In September, Roku unveiled new categories for movies and TV shows that are exclusively powered by M-Go, the video-on-demand service cofounded by…

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