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Roku Moves Into Food TV With Help From Martha Stewart, Emeril

Company plans to release about 25 original series in the next year.

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart

Photographer: Alex FLynn/Bloomberg

Martha Stewart and Emeril Lagasse, two icons of cable TV, are taking the leap to the internet with the Roku Channel.

Roku Inc., which owns the network, has licensed the rights to reruns of shows hosted by Lagasse, Stewart and chef Christopher Kimball—more than 3,000 episodes in all—and is commissioning new projects as well. Stewart will host three programs, company executives said in interviews, including one in which she gardens at her 153-acre farm, while Lagasse will host a couple, including one dedicated to food at tailgate parties.