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Roku Sells You TV Dongles. So Why Is It Making TV Series?

Roku is following in the footsteps of YouTube, Facebook, Amazon and Netflix.

A Roku Premiere streaming box and remote control, taken on December 17, 2019. (Photo by Neil Godwin/Future Publishing via Getty Images)

A Roku Premiere streaming box and remote control, taken on December 17, 2019. (Photo by Neil Godwin/Future Publishing via Getty Images)

Photographer: What Hi-Fi Magazine/Future Publishing

When Cody Heller found out Roku was buying her show “Dummy,” she was thrilled. The TV writer had made the series with the actress Anna Kendrick for Quibi, only to see the app shut down less than eight months after its debut.

Now Roku was going to give it another shot at finding an audience. "It will be available again, and I want people to see it," she told me Friday.