ROXi

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ROXi
ROXi logo.png
DeveloperROXi
TypeDigital media player
Release dateAugust 2017
Soundup to 320kbps streaming
Connectivity
PowerMains power (HDMI Set Top Box) Micro-USB (Controller)
Websitewww.roximusicsystem.com

ROXi (/ˈrɒx/ ROCK-si), is a television based music entertainment experience providing full catalogue music streaming, radio, karaoke, music games, sound machine and photo visuals via a TV user interface on pay TV and Smart TV platforms and via ROXi Music System; a dedicated digital media player.[1][2][3]

Technology[edit]

ROXi products and services facilitate communal interaction with music, providing a shared experience for multiple users via the TV, rather than individually to phones, computers or tablets.[4] T3 describes ROXi as "a system designed to get friends and family together round the (TV) screen and remove them from isolated behaviour, such as wearing headphones, and instead enjoying the tunage together."[5]

ROXi Music System is a console or set top box that connects to a TV via HDMI and gets its data (the audio visual music stream) via a Wi-Fi or ethernet connection from an Internet router.[1][2] The ROXi streaming device has a Wii-style gesture-based wireless controller with a built-in microphone for voice commands and voice search and singing Karaoke. ROXi Music System plays through a TV but can connect to a soundbar, soundbase, home theatre system or any other speaker via 3.5mm auxiliary or Bluetooth.[6][7] The data is output to the TV is via a HDMI connector.[8]

Features[edit]

Unlimited Music Streaming: ROXi is licensed by major music rights holders Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group and MERLIN providing a catalogue of 55 million songs to stream on ROXi. The music catalogue is automatically updated on a weekly basis with new releases from music rights holders.[9] [10]

Partnerships[edit]

ROXi launched on Sky Q set top box in to millions of homes across the UK on 8th September 2020. This was the first time ROXi partnered with a third-party platform to make music entertainment experience available without dedicated ROXi hardware. Sky provide ROXi on Sky Q for free for 30 days followed by a monthly subscription of £6.99/month.[11] Sky Q subscribers control ROXi using the Sky Q remote control and a ROXi iOS and Android mobile companion app.[12][13][14]

Funding[edit]

ROXi has raised over $15m investment with early backing from former Take That member Robbie Williams, Sheryl Crow, Alesha Dixon, Stephen Fry as well as former F1 and McLaren executive Ron Dennis.[15] [16] Mr Dennis owns a 10% stake in the company alongside investors such as Henrik Holmark, the former finance chief of jewelry chain Pandora, and Nigel Wray, owner of Saracens rugby club, Paul McGuinness U2 manager and TomTom co-founder Mark Gretton who also invested in the company.[17] [18] [19]

Criticism[edit]

ROXi was criticised for announcing a planned IPO on the London Stock Exchange which would have allowed the public to buy shares, but then instead raised money privately from McLaren Group executive Ron Dennis and other investors. The reason given by ROXi at the time was that BREXIT meant raising money privately was less risky and that BREXIT had created turbulent market conditions.[20] [21]

Geographic availability[edit]

ROXi is available in:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Landridge, Max. "What is the ROXI Entertainment device, how much is it and what can it do?", Pocket-Lint.com, London, 29 November 2017. Retrieved on 1 August 2018.
  2. ^ Summers, Nick. "Electric Jukebox has a new music streaming karaoke machine", Engadget, London, 17 August 2017. Retrieved on 1 August 2018.
  3. ^ McLymore, Arriana. "Roxi Music plans for new product launches as it steps closer to IPO", Reuters, New York, 15 July 2019. Retrieved on 22 September 2020.
  4. ^ Easton, Jonathan.“Karaoke music app ROXi lands on Sky Q in UK”, Digital TV Europe, London, 8 September 2020. Retrieved on 23 September 2020.
  5. ^ Jenkinson, Pete. "Best Karaoke Gadgets for Singing Superstars", T3, London, 08 September 2017. Retrieved on 11 September 2018.
  6. ^ Landridge, Max. "What is the ROXI Entertainment device, how much is it and what can it do?", Pocket-Lint.com, London, 29 November 2017. Retrieved on 1 August 2018.
  7. ^ Sawyers, Paul. "What is the ROXI Entertainment device, how much is it and what can it do?", Venture Beat, London, 8 August 2017. Retrieved on 1 August 2018.
  8. ^ Titlow, John Paul. "Sheryl Crow wants you to stop ignoring your family and start singing karaoke", Fast Company, New York, 16 August 2017. Retrieved on 1 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Robbie Williams-backed firm launches music streaming service on Sky". Evening Standard. 8 September 2020. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  10. ^ "The Official UK ROXi TV Offer Website". buyroxi.com. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  11. ^ Best, Shivali. ”Karaoke fans rejoice! Sky Q adds ROXi music so you can sing along from your living room”, “Daily Mirror”, London, 8 September 2020. Retrieved on 24 September 2020.
  12. ^ Armitage, Jim. "UK start-up backed by Robbie Williams and Sheryl Crow launches music streaming and karaoke on Sky Q", Evening Standard, London, 8 September 2020. Retrieved on 24 September 2020.
  13. ^ [https://advanced-television.com/2020/09/08/sky-q-adds-roxi-music-service/ “Sky Q adds ROXi music service”], “Music Week”, London, 8 September 2020. Retrieved on 24 September 2020.
  14. ^ Garner, George. “UK streaming service Roxi Music added to SKY Q”, London, 8 September 2020. Retrieved on 24 September 2020.
  15. ^ Field, Matthew (21 November 2019). "Ex-McLaren boss Ron Dennis takes 10pc stake in music streaming start-up backed by Robbie Williams". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 29 September 2020.
  16. ^ "F1 legend Ron Dennis acquires stake in streaming service Roxi". www.musicweek.com. Retrieved 29 September 2020.
  17. ^ Cook, James (7 September 2020). "British music streaming start-up Roxi signs deal with Sky". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 29 September 2020.
  18. ^ "Robbie Williams-backed firm launches music streaming service on Sky". Evening Standard. 8 September 2020. Retrieved 29 September 2020.
  19. ^ "Electric Jukebox debuts Roxi, raises $14m and plans 2018 IPO". Retrieved 29 September 2020.
  20. ^ Cook, James (7 September 2020). "British music streaming start-up Roxi signs deal with Sky". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 29 September 2020.
  21. ^ Field, Matthew (21 November 2019). "Ex-McLaren boss Ron Dennis takes 10pc stake in music streaming start-up backed by Robbie Williams". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 29 September 2020.