Roku announced late Wednesday that it has secured $45 million in additional funding from new investors News Corporation (s NWS) and BSkyB as well as existing investors Menlo Ventures and Globespan Capital Partners. The round, which brings the total amount of money raised by Roku to date to $77 million, also included an unnamed strategic investor. News Corp. Chief Digital Officer Jon Miller will join Roku’s board.
Roku had first told Reuters this spring that it needed more funding for further international expansion, and that it was looking to raise as much as $50 million. The company started selling its set-top box in Canada in April, and launched its international expansion with a market entry in the U.K. earlier this year.
UK pay-TV leader BSkyB’s new over-the-top internet TV service Now TV will be delivered over Roku and other boxes. Through this partnership, Sky may be replicating the model…
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