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US video streaming pioneer to recruit more than 50 staff after move to Manchester

More than 50 jobs are created after the opening of the new office of the American video streaming company Roku in Manchester.

Based in San Jose, Calif., Roku was founded by Manchester-born CEO Anthony Wood.

It manufactures a variety of digital media players for video streaming.

The office is at the heart of a new technology epicenter, near Oxford Road, in Bruntwood SciTech’s No.1 Circle Square.

Roku said it would recruit for more than 50 engineering positions before the end of 2022, as well as three-month paid internships for aspiring software engineers in the region.

The Manchester site will be the company’s fourth location in the UK, in addition to offices in London, Cambridge and Cardiff.

He chose Manchester because of the proximity to academic institutions, such as the University of Manchester, and the network of digital innovators around the Circle Square area.

Roku says it’s the #1 TV streaming platform in America by streaming hours. Its platform serves over 56 million active accounts globally as of Q3 2021.

Alastair McGeoch, Director of Software Engineering at the company: “Roku was founded on the belief that all TV shows will be streaming. We’re looking for the right talent to continue changing the way the world watches TV.

“Manchester is a city steeped in engineering history and famous for its cultural impact on the world, so it’s a natural choice for us. In Manchester, we will be primarily focused on recruiting software engineering positions in 2022, with the ambition to increase the size of our team there over the next four years.

Tim Newns, Managing Director of Greater Manchester in-house investment agency MIDAS, said: “It’s incredibly exciting to have one of the world’s leading content delivery technology companies investing on such a scale. in Manchester.

“They join a wider software supply chain around content delivery which notably includes BBC iPlayer and Disney Streaming Services (formerly Cake Solutions), making it a growing area of ​​specialization for the city region and at a time of extreme growth in this industry globally.”

Bradley Topps, Commercial Director of Bruntwood SciTech, said: “From conception, our ambition for Circle Square was to create a must-visit destination that would strengthen Manchester’s knowledge economy and the scale of this deal truly delivers on that vision. .

“It is great news for the region that Roku has identified the unique opportunity that a home in the heart of Manchester’s Oxford Road corridor offers, with its accessibility to emerging talent, academic research and potential funding. “