Sky and News Corp have entered into strategic relationships with Roku, announcing big investments in the streaming media player manufacturer.
Roku's media streamer has attracted a good deal of attention since its launch, with the US in particular taking to the streaming device that has taken on Apple TV.
The company has been seeking investment and the latest round has seen an influx of some $45 million from Britain's BSkyB, News Corp. and venture investors Menlo Ventures and Globespan Capital Partners.
"We have watched Roku maintain market leadership since the launch of its streaming platform four years ago and we look forward to deepening our relationship, having already worked closely together on the launch of several products," said News Corporation Chief Digital Officer Jon Miller.
"Roku's significant technology advantage, coupled with a strong market position, places them in a unique position to be an integral part of the television landscape for years to come."
Sky's CFO Andrew Griffith praised Roku's innovation, and will use Roku to 'extend' its multi-platform offering.
"We're delighted to have entered into this strategic relationship with Roku. As an innovative content company we're committed to embracing a wide range of complementary platforms to create more choice and flexibility for customers," said Griffith.
"Coupled with the on-going strength of satellite distribution, online and mobile help us unlock even more value for customers. Working with Roku we look forward to extending our multi-platform leadership."
The launch of Sky's subscription-free Now TV has already been expected to land on Roku in the UK, and the new partnership could give the broadcaster an opportunity to look to the US market.
So, what do Roku plan to do with the money? The company is now looking to increase brand awareness, branch out into new territories and increase engineering and production.
"Our philosophy is to give consumers the best streaming TV experience, with the most content and at the best value in the market; and it has served us well as millions of consumers have brought Roku into their homes," said Roku Founder and Chief Executive Officer Anthony Wood.
"With the News Corporation and Sky strategic relationships, we are poised to further grow our leadership position and to become the TV distribution platform of the future."