Okay... here we go, again !!
First off... apologies for not posting sooner but, if you've been following my Twitter feed, you will have noticed that there have been no fewer than EIGHT NEW CHANNELS ADDED since my series of posts outlining all available Roku channels, by way of a Roku UK channel list, that provides a definitive list of Roku channels UK users will find in the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store.
This now brings the total number of channels available in the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store to one thousand, four hundred and seventy-nine. Yes, that's 1,479 channels that have now been itemised and listed in full for the benefit of UK Roku owners, as well as any potential purchasers of Roku in the UK and all other Roku users around the world. As we've shown... it's FAR MORE than the 1,000+ quoted on Roku's website, and ALMOST TREBLE the 500+ channels quoted on the packaging for the new Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI Version) [Model 3500EU], PLUS that's not including any of the private channels that are available on UK Roku players, either !!
For your convenience, those eight channels have now been added to their respective genres and the individual channel totals within those genres have also been updated to reflect those additions.
Anytime that such changes occur, these lists will be amended (as necessary) to reflect those alterations. In this way, you will always be able to go to my post on a particular genre and view a concise list of the channels which make up that genre (i.e. category). Likewise, my A-Z BIG LIST (once complete and posted on this blog) will always provide you with an accurate list of all the UK Roku channels to be found, at any given time, within the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store.
Anyway, with all that new information to be processed and posted via Twitter, as well as the updates to the lists on this blog, I simply ran out of time yesterday. So, like I said, sorry for the delay.
Moving on, I've been thinking that some of you may be finding this HUGE CHOICE OF CHANNELS (now 1,479 and counting...) to be somewhat overwhelming and, if you are new to Roku, you may not know where to begin. So, to make your life (and your choice of channels) a bit easier, I thought it might be a good idea to list the twenty-five "Most Popular" channels from the channel store.
These are the channels that the majority of UK Roku users have chosen to add to their Roku streaming media players, here in the UK. Remember... the exact channels installed on each individual Roku player are the choice of the person that owns it. You don't have to wade through 1,479 channels every time, just because that's how many are available for you to install. For example, one UK Roku owner may decide to only install Netflix, BBC iPlayer and NowTV (i.e. just 3 channels) because that's all they will ever use. Another might choose to install all eighty-four channels from the "Food" genre because they are passionate about cooking. Basically, you can add as many (or as few) as you like from the choice of channels available. You can also add or remove as many channels as you choose at any given time. All of the channels can equally then be re-installed, at a later date, if you so wish. As you can see, IT'S ALL ABOUT CHOICE and, the best part of that is, THE CHOICE IS YOURS !!!!!!
****** UPDATE - IMPORTANT NOTICE RE: FUTURE CHART LISTINGS ******
Having witnessed the goings-on within the "Most Popular" category of the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store over the past three years, and documented them on this blog for the best part of two years now, it has led me to believe that there has been (and remains) some serious "tinkering" behind the scenes which means that certain channels are not being listed (when they clearly should be) and others are being included in the "Most Popular" category (when, equally clearly, they should not). To illustrate my point, the current category listing from Roku would have you believe that the likes of NowTV, BBC iPlayer, Demand5, 4oD, Sky Store, ITV Player, BBC Sport, Flixster, Viewster and one or two others are NOT among the 25 "Most Popular" Roku channels in the UK, despite their having (in several notable instances) far more ratings than many of the channels Roku has included in the list. So, from January 2015 onwards, the chart placings shown here will cease to "mirror" what is in the "Most Popular" category of the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store and will (instead) provide a more honest and (dare I say) accurate portrayal of what ARE the 25 "Most Popular" Roku channels on UK Roku devices - based on actual ratings received, rather than the ad hoc system (apparently) favoured by Roku - I'll leave it to you to check the channel store on your devices for their "version" from now on !!
Anyway, I'm sure you get the idea. So, without further delay, the 25 channels that have been deemed (by the ratings shown in the channel descriptions) as the "Most Popular" by Roku UK users, are:-
03. BBC iPlayer
05. Demand 5
08. JW Broadcasting
09. Sky News
11. Sky Store
12. Google Play Movies & TV13. TuneIn Radio
14. ITV Player
15. Facebook Photos & Videos
16. BBC Sport
18. Angry Birds Toons
19. Roku Media Player
23. Weather Underground
PLEASE NOTE:- That this list was last updated on Sunday 25th January 2015 with all details accurate as of Saturday 24th January 2015. Therefore, when viewing this list... you should ignore the original date of the post and, instead, refer to this section for precise details on when it was compiled.
Now, from what I've read elsewhere online, there are some glaring omissions from this list which (if they were made available) would no doubt appear pretty high up on the list. For example, people have been crying out for Amazon UK's 'Prime Instant Video' (formerly known as 'Lovefilm Instant') to be added to the Roku UK channel lineup. As it happens, there used to be a 'LoveFilm Player' plugin for the 'Plex' channel on UK Roku models but, unfortunately, the developer who came up with the plugin for that particular channel has been unable to maintain the updates for it (made necessary by software changes put in place by LoveFilm) due to other time commitments. It ought to have been completely removed from the 'Plex' channel selection by now but, for some reason, it remains there to taunt us !!
Meanwhile, all we can do is wait, with bated breath, to see if an official 'Amazon Instant Video' app makes an appearance in the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store at some point. Fingers crossed, if the folks at Amazon UK can get their counterparts at Amazon USA to clone the existing version of the 'Amazon Instant' Roku channel and adapt it for the UK, we might just see it here before too long !! Hopefully Amazon UK's 'Prime Instant Video' (aka 'LoveFilm Instant') should follow in due course, whether returning as part of Plex or as an individual channel, in it's own right. Needless to say, as soon as we hear anything, you'll be the first to know... because it'll be posted right here on this blog !!
Glaring omissions aside, however, the above list of the 25 "Most Popular" channels does give you a good feel as to what kind of use people are getting from their Roku players, here in the UK. It's not surprising that the list includes channel content largely geared towards Film, TV, Music and Games (well, we are a playful bunch, aren't we?!!). Obviously, with 1,479 channels currently on offer via the channel store, there's a lot more to choose from than what is on this list. That said, it is a pretty good place from which to start building your own custom channel lineup, purely by virtue of the fact that it does include some of the best Roku channels currently available to Roku users in the UK. How you add to it from there is, as I've already mentioned, entirely up to you.
One thing is for certain, though, and that is you will be reading a lot more about the specifics of each individual channel in future posts on this blog. So, when it comes to compiling your own Roku UK channel selection, THE ONLY PLACE you will find a list of Roku Channels UK users will be able to add to their players IS RIGHT HERE on the pages of this very blog. The reason for that is because this is the only place FOR ALL UK ROKU CHANNELS being that no-one else (apparently) wants UK Roku users, or potential UK Roku purchasers, to know what is on offer content-wise from the current Roku UK channel lineup.
Speaking of potential purchasers, the next post will explain the differences between the two models of Roku streaming media player that were originally available in the UK. So, if you don't already own a UK Roku player or, if you are thinking of upgrading from a Roku LT to a Roku XS, then you won't want to miss that post. Of course, you may wish to bypass the earlier UK Roku models for one of the NEWER ROKU FAMILY MEMBERS like the Roku 1, Roku 2 or Roku 3!! Although, if you opt for one of those models (released in the UK during September / October 2013) or (perhaps) even the very latest device from Roku, in the shape of the Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI Version) [Model 3500EU] which was released in April 2014, then you'll have to wait for another new blog post because, as I said before, the next one only covers the Roku LT and Roku 2 XS models. Still, if you're considering a second Roku player for another room in the house you can't go wrong with one of those !! So, no matter what your reasons are for being in the market for a Roku streaming media player, here in the UK, you should visit this blog again in the very near future for all of the product information you will need to consider when making your buying decision for a Roku player in the UK.
That's all folks !!