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Angry Birds to invade TVs this summer with Roku

Yes, Angry Birds is now officially everywhere. Streaming video set-top box maker Roku has announced that it’s partnering with game maker Rovio to bring Angry Birds to televisions this summer.

The company says it will offer all three current Angry Birds games (the original, Rio and Seasons) on a new product this summer, launch an Angry Birds video channel, and sell merchandise for the series via its store channel. Roku is also looking at the partnership as the first step towards offering other popular casual games on its devices.

Roku is still being cagey about the casual gaming plans for its current and older generation players — the big problem there being that Roku’s current remote control isn’t suited to game playing at all. There also aren’t any details about the company’s next-generation player plans, but you can expect at least one model to come with some sort of gaming controller.

Rovio previously announced that it will be bringing Angry Birds to game consoles, and it’s already available on the PSP (in a version that’s also playable on the PS3). But Roku is promoting the fact that it’s delivering the first true Angry Birds TV experience.

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  1. [...] Outfit7 isn’t the only company with expansion intentions; Rovio also has its eyes on new branding opportunities. Peter Vesterbacka announced an Angry Birds cookbook at Open Mobile Summit this month. The company has also teamed up with Roku to bring Angry Birds to television this summer. [...]

  2. [...] Outfit7 isn’t the only company with expansion intentions; Rovio also has its eyes on new branding opportunities. Peter Vesterbacka announced an Angry Birds cookbook at Open Mobile Summit this month. The company has also teamed up with Roku to bring Angry Birds to television this summer. [...]

  3. [...] Source: http://venturebeat.com/2011/05/31/angry-birds-to-invade-tvs-next-with-roku/ [...]

  4. [...] video-streaming-focused set-top boxes have also made small moves into gaming. For instance, Roku’s addition of support for Angry Birds on its devices earlier this summer. Integrated smart TV platforms from manufacturers including [...]

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