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Quick Look: ROW8 is a streaming video on demand (SVOD) service that launched in August 2018 and rents movies by the title, similar to VUDU, rather than charging a monthly fee for unlimited streaming. The service offers only movies - no TV series - and has deals with studios that include Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Pictures, and Warner Bros.

To stream any titles you will first need to set up an account, but you can browse the service's movie library for free on your Roku device. Videos are found in the typical genres and range in price from $2.99 to $5.99 (plus applicable taxes) per movie (first movie rental receives $2.00 off). Clicking on a title will bring up a brief synopsis, movie trailer, and recommendations based on that particular title. Many of the titles found on this channel are recent releases, and there are plenty of older titles available as well.

One nice feature about this channel is that if you don't like the movie within the first 30 minutes, you can switch to another one.
According to the ROW8 Terms of Use, you'll have 48 hours to finish watching a movie once you start streaming. You must also finish within the "expiration window," which is generally 30 days from the time you pay the rental fee, but this may vary by title.

Another ROW8 distinction is limited-time discount offers. According to Variety, "On Tuesdays, Row8 will knock $1 off the price of new releases. It's also offering a $1 discount in an off-peak 15-hour window — from midnight to 3 p.m. local time — on new releases and catalog titles. The catch: For the off-peak 'matinee pricing,' Row8 will give customers only a three-hour period to view the title (i.e., so people don't purchase a rental earlier in the day to watch later in the evening).

-- Information is current as of July 24, 2019

Roku Channel Store Description: ROW8 brings you the latest Hollywood movies, fresh from their theatrical runs and available to you before subscription streaming services. No subscription charge ever, you pay only for what you watch. ROW8 is a movie-only service, designed just for movie lovers. All the best movies, new and popular favorites, in an easy to navigate environment that helps you find a movie you'll love. If you choose a movie and it isn't what you expected, you can stop the movie and swap it for another at no extra charge. That's the Movie Love Guarantee! And, ROW8 will always offer great deals on movies you love every day. ROW8 - Movie Love Guaranteed

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