Roku expanding distribution to Canada, U.K.

After announcing a $50 version of its set-top box last month, Roku this month says it's going global. The device soon will be available in Canada and the United Kingdom.

The set-top streaming device will be available early next year, said Roku in its blog. The company didn't announce which models will be available or pricing information.

The company did, however, say it would be expanding its platform to international developers, meaning it'll soon be causing headaches for IPTV and cable operators up north and in the U.K., where cord cutting and over-the-top delivery also has been embraced by consumers.

The company offers more than 350 channels in the U.S., and has added a number of authenticated channels, including the Epix movie channel and HBO Go. Roku, which also has Netflix Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX), Hulu Plus, Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) Instant Video, Pandora radio and other aggregated offerings, claims to be the leading streaming platform in the U.S.

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