We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message

Roku to Bring Angry Birds to TVs

Rovio, the makers of Angry Birds, partnered with Roku to sell Angry Birds via Roku's set-top boxes.

Soon there won't be anywhere to hide from the pig-killing phenomenon that is Angry Birds. Roku, which makes Netflix and Hulu-streaming set-top boxes, announced that it would add support for casual games this summer, starting with three versions of the uber-popular Angry Birds.

Rovio, the makers of Angry Birds, partnered with Roku to sell Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons and Angry Birds Rio through the company's set-top boxes. The Roku boxes will also get an Angry Birds video channel, where you can quench your Angry Birds addiction with animated shorts featuring the characters in the game, as well as buy merchandise.

Before you get too excited about Angry Birds in HD glory on your big-screen TV, there are a few details to be ironed out. Rovio and Roku did not say when the games would be available, with details, including pricing, expected "within the next few weeks."

There's also another big unknown, as All Things D's Peter Kafka points out: How are you going to play the game? The Roku box only comes with a small remote control, and playing Angry Birds on the TV would require more complex controls than just a remote -- which indicates that some sort of additional controller could be in store.

With more than 200 million downloads under its belt, it seems there's no stopping Angry Birds. In case you haven't played the game on iOS and Android devices, you can also get it on Palm and Nokia smartphones, too. Also, if you prefer, you can play Angry Birds in Chrome, and say goodbye to any possible trace of productivity.

Follow Daniel Ionescu and Today @ PCWorld on Twitter

IDG UK Sites

Best Black Friday 2014 tech deals: Get bargains on smartphones, tablets, laptops and more

IDG UK Sites

What the Internet of Things will look like in 2015: homes will get smarter, people might get fitter

IDG UK Sites

See how Trunk's animated ad helped Ade Edmondson plug The Car Buying Service

IDG UK Sites

Yosemite tips: Complete Guide to OS X Yosemite