Vimeo, the online video site, a unit of IAC, will now provide video distribution to the television set via Roku, the companies announced today.

This is an expansion in the offering of Web original video programming for Roku, which presently distributes content and others. The site now features 50 streaming channels.

Roku offers a number of free and subscription services including Netflix, Amazon, MLB and others.

Meanwhile, Vimeo is making its videos viewable on iPad and other devices with HTML5 support.

For the story on Vimeo and other developments at Saratoga-based Roku, we sat down with Brian Jacquet.  This is the first of two interviews.

Andy Plesser