Saturday, March 23, 2013
Roku UK Channel Store - Weekly RoundUp #2
Hi, everyone !!
Once again, you've come to the right place for your UK Roku news and information. For, as well as the 'Weekly RoundUp' bringing you details of ALL NEW ADDITIONS to the Roku UK Channel Store, we also have some very exciting BREAKING NEWS which we can now reveal to you...
Yes, folks... today we can announce for the first time that the HEADLINE which greets you on the Roku (UK) Official Website is WRONG and it should, in fact, now be: "400 channels and counting" !!
We've done the arithmetic, based on the total number of channels within each genre (i.e. category) of the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store, as published in the Channel Store Overview on this blog. Now, I appreciate that we're still a long way off the (current) total of 770+ channels that feature in the "Official" Roku USA Channel Store but, given that Roku has only been available in the UK for a year, we're progressing very nicely towards the level of content afforded to our friends across the pond.
Oh, that reminds me... speaking of people from overseas, I'd like to extend a warm welcome to some new readers of this blog. Since my previous post, there have been visitors from the likes of Poland, Czech Republic, Greece and even as far afield as Vietnam and Peru, to name but a few !!
So to those people, and anyone else who has paid this blog a visit recently, I say... as always, "Thanks a lot for stopping by" and I look forward to your continued visits over the coming months.
Anyway, in case you missed it, last Saturday I made my first post for what was the start of a NEW regular WEEKLY FEATURE on this blog in the Roku UK Channel Store - Weekly RoundUp #1. For those of you that didn't catch that post at the time, I'd recommend reading it before continuing with this second installment because the first half of it explains the format for the ongoing series of posts, and will help you better understand what follows here, both for this post and subsequent future posts.
If, on the other hand, you've already seen the previous 'Weekly RoundUp' and know what to expect then, by all means, read on... and you'll find out exactly what NEW Roku channels 2013 has conjured up to add to your UK Roku players, via the Roku UK Channel Store, during these past seven days.
Appropriately enough, given that we just hit "400 channels and counting", there were FOUR NEW CHANNELS added to the lineup in the Roku UK Channel Store this week. These latest additions to the Roku UK market introduced new content to the Games, Music, International, Screensavers & Apps, plus Religion & Spirituality genres of the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store.
As previously, details of all the new channels released this week have been listed below together with links, to obtain further information on them, and to read a review (where available) for each one:-
CANDY BEAR.....................................................COST: £1.99 (ONE-OFF) [Roku Guide Review]
ULTRA RADIO MEXICO.......................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]
ARTCAST...........................................................COST: £1.99 (MONTHLY) [Roku Guide Review]
N.B. This is a MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION channel. If you subscribe, YOU WILL BE CHARGED £1.99 per month until you cancel. You can cancel, at any time, from within the Roku Channel Store. Please bear in mind that subscriptions to the Artcast channel are non-refundable. If you do cancel, you will still be able to use the channel during the period for which you have already paid.
GAITHER TV...............COST: FREE / $4.99 / $49.99 (MONTHLY / ANNUAL) [Roku Guide Review]
N.B. This channel is FREE TO ADD and offers LIMITED FREE CONTENT in the form of Gaither Radio (24/7 Gospel Music by the Gaither Music Group) plus Homecoming Video Singles (FREE streaming music videos by various Homecoming artists) BUT will require a PAID SUBSCRIPTION in order to watch the additional EXCLUSIVE LIVE & ON-DEMAND CONTENT (incl. special presentations, concert footage, behind-the-scenes videos and a selection of hand-picked monthly full-length DVD's). There is, however, a SEVEN-DAY FREE TRIAL offered within each subscription plan (i.e. monthly or annual) during which there is no contract or commitment and you are able to cancel at any time during the trial period.
You can subscribe by visiting the Gaither TV website where there is also a five-minute introductory video explaining the service which can be watched FREE-OF-CHARGE prior to registering. Please be aware that the prices quoted are in $USD (U.S. Dollars) because that is how they are shown on the Gaither TV website when you follow the link to create your Gaither TV Account. You will not find any prices quoted in £GBP (British Pounds)... even among the channel details given in the description from the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store. Needless to say, until that changes, the price you actually pay will depend upon the exchange rate at the time you choose to subscribe and may also vary based upon your chosen method of payment.
After you have created your Gaither TV Account, you must then 'Link' your Roku player to your account by first adding and then loading the Gaither TV channel onto your Roku and then selecting one of the EXCLUSIVE CONTENT options from the Main Menu. From there, you will see an option (within one of the Sub-Menus) for you to "Subscribe to GAITHER TV" which, if selected, will produce a UNIQUE CODE for you to enter via the Gaither TV website once you have logged in (using the Username & Password from the Gaither TV Account you created previously) to then access your subscription on your Roku player.
Hopefully, this 'Weekly RoundUp' has now brought all of you up to speed with what has been going on, as regards the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store, during the last seven days. Not quite as many channels were added to the channel store as during the previous week (when SEVEN new channels were introduced) but, as I said before, this week's quota of new channels did take us nicely to the "400 channels and counting..." mark which, as early UK Roku adopters will recall, at this time last year (when there were barely 40, or so, channels) certainly seemed a long way off !!
You can expect another 'Weekly RoundUp' seven days from now but, as I've said before, you can always follow all the UK Roku action (as it happens) throughout the coming week by checking the official Twitter feed for this blog: @ukrokuchannels where up-to-the-minute information on all things Roku-related, here in the UK, is continually being posted on an almost daily basis.
Other than that, I think I'm just about done for this post.
So, until the next time...
That's all folks !!