Roku is coming to Germany, with some help from Sky

Gigaom

Roku’s streaming boxes are going to be available to consumers in Germany next year — albeit with slightly different branding than in the U.S.: Roku’s devices will be sold by local pay TV operator Sky Deutschland under the name Sky Online TV Box, both companies announced Thursday.

Sky wants to use the boxes to give people access to its Sky Online service, which launched this week as competitor to Netflix’s German service. Sky Online offers German consumers access to TV shows like the Walking Dead, True Detective and Game of Thrones, as well as movies and even live sports, including games from the Bundesliga soccer league.

Sky Online doesn’t require users to have a pay TV subscription, and includes different tiers, with prices starting at €10 a month (about $12.60). As of now, the service is only available on PCs and mobile devices, as well as on…

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