Saturday, June 29, 2013

Roku UK Channel Store - Weekly RoundUp #16

Hi, everyone !!

Well, here we are again with another 'Weekly RoundUp' of ALL NEW ADDITIONS to the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store. If you haven't yet joined the UK Roku Revolution, perhaps because you are waiting to see if the much-anticipated Roku 3 is going to get a UK release anytime soon (don't hold your breath on that one), then you may want to take advantage of a GREAT BARGAIN for the Roku LT which is (currently) selling for just £39.99 on Amazon UK. It's an affordable way to check out exactly what is on offer via the Roku streaming media player here in the UK (now with OVER FIVE HUNDRED CHANNELS to choose from) & you could always use it on a TV in another room, if you do wind up getting another Roku player (e.g. a Roku 2 XS, or even a Roku 3... perhaps?) sometime in the future. Don't forget that both of these players (i.e. the Roku LT and the Roku 2 XS) can now be updated to the new Roku software version, which will also give you a fairly comprehensive idea of what the user experience for the Roku 3 will be like in the UK (if it ever gets here) MINUS the faster processor, headphone remote & dual band WiFi, of course !!

Meanwhile, before we get to those new channels, we've also had some more new readers coming to the pages of this blog. Once again, there were many repeat visits from countries that have been mentioned in previous posts but, unlike the past couple of weeks, there was not just one country that had not featured previously, but three countries. So, before we go any further with the current 'Weekly RoundUp', I'd first like to extend a warm welcome to those new readers from Belarus, Palestine and Estonia, who each took the time to pay a maiden visit to these pages during the past seven days, or so.

To those new readers, and to everyone else who continues to read my Roku-related ramblings here on this blog, I'd just like to say... "Thanks for stopping by" & long may you continue to do so.

Anyway, let's get on with the details for the current 'Weekly RoundUp' of NEW ADDITIONS to the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store. This time, there are SEVEN NEW CHANNELS which have been added during the past seven days. These latest additions to the Roku UK Channel Store provided FRESH CONTENT to the Film & TV, Games, Special Interest plus Religion & Spirituality genres (i.e. categories).

In keeping with previous installments from the 'Weekly RoundUp' series, details of these new channels have all been listed below, together with links to obtain further information {by clicking on the channel name(s) beneath the respective channel icon(s) as pictured} and to read a 'Roku Guide' review (where available) for each one:-

APOSTOLLIC CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY..................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

N.B. Since this channel does not currently feature in the Roku (USA) Channel Store, the link above is for the Official Website of the Apostollic Christian Assembly (ACA Prayer House); home to some of southern India's most famous pastors. The ACA Prayer House channel (currently) features a CHANNEL ARRAY of THREE SUB-CHANNELS, including 'Live TV', 'Video Messages' & 'Audio Messages' with a lot of the content being offered bilingually for speakers of both the English and Indian languages. The LIVE TV services are available on the FIRST DAY of EVERY MONTH for 'Morning Devotion' between 4:30am and 7:30am PLUS for the weekly 'Morning Service' between 6:30am and 12:30pm EVERY SUNDAY. In addition to the 'Live TV' offerings, there is a selection of 'Video Messages' available as Video-On-Demand (VOD) services, currently comprised of 57 videos from both 2012 & 2013. There is also a selection of 'Audio Messages' available as Audio-On-Demand (AOD) services, currently made up of 23 audio-only recordings, again from 2012 & 2013. These could even be considered as religious audio podcasts, if you prefer to think of them as such. If you visit the Apostollic Christian Assembly (ACA Prayer House) website, you will find all of their contact information PLUS links to an FAQ section for the Roku channel, as well as screenshots & other resources, such as an opportunity to make prayer requests, etc. The channel was developed for Roku by Cherri Technologies who are a Web Development company, based in Pondicherry & Chennai, in India. You can also connect with Cherri Technologies via the developer's Twitter Feed: @CherriTechnolog if you'd like to know more about their current / future plans for Roku channels and/or web development. Additionally, and no doubt due (again) to the fact that the ACA Prayer House channel has not yet been added to the "Official" Roku USA Channel Store, there is no Roku Guide Review available. If this situation changes, I will (of course) add the link to this post.

PLEASE ALSO NOTE: The Roku UK Channel Store description states that the content of this channel is suitable for "ALL AGES". The channel details go on to suggest that the service "MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL FEES" although, I have to say that, ALL of the CURRENT CONTENT found on the ACA Prayer House channel is FREE-TO-VIEW. This does, however, suggest that PAID CONTENT may be added at some time in the future. Details to follow, as and when...

RADIO VIDA EN ABUNDANCIA.............................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

WAR GAMES WITH MINIATURES.........................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

FITNESS MAGAZINE............................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

MATCH 'EM...................................................£1.49 (ONE-OFF PAYMENT) [Roku Guide Review]

CRYPTIC TELEVISION.........................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

PLEASE NOTE: In light of the fact that this channel was added to the "Official" Roku USA Channel Store over a month ago, the details provided in the 'Roku Guide' review include a link to view the "Cryptic Television" broadcast schedule which is no longer valid. So, for those of you with an interest in all things horror-related, if you would like to see a BROADCAST SCHEDULE for whatever is live streaming on this Roku channel at any given time, you must now do so VIA THIS LINK. Scroll down the webpage and you will easily see the current LIVE STREAM because it is always (very helpfully) HIGHLIGHTED IN RED which makes watching the "Cryptic Television" channel on Roku a much easier & more pleasurable experience. Outside of whichever programme is the current 'Live Stream', you would do well to remember that ALL TIMINGS on the "Cryptic Television" broadcast schedule are GMT -6 hours so, to calculate the UK time for whatever you want to watch, you will need to ADD SIX HOURS to the time shown in the "Cryptic Television" broadcast schedule. For example, if the programme you want to watch is shown in the schedule as airing between 14:00:00 and 16:00:00 (i.e. from 2pm to 4pm) then it will be on between 20:00:00 and 22:00:00 (i.e. 8pm to 10pm) in the UK.

EXTRA HINT: For a more general overview of the types of programming that are being carried on "Cryptic Television", you can simply click in the box marked "Select date..." (just above the current daily schedule) and pick another date from the pop-up calendar, then press the "Submit" button, to see a list of programmes shown on your chosen date. This works for both past and future content, to a greater or lesser extent. It does, however, always provide you with the latest information available.

GLOBAL CHRISTIAN NETWORK TV......................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

N.B. Since this channel does not currently feature in the Roku (USA) Channel Store, the link above is for the Official Website of Global Christian Network TV. It may further interest you to know that the "Global Christian Network Television (GCN TV)" channel is a LIVE-STREAMING CHANNEL with much of it's content originating from Korea but subsequently tailored for an english-speaking audience courtesy of GCN America.

Needless to say, if you happen to be of this particular religious persuasion, there is an abundance of content on offer here. Perhaps best of all, the "Global Christian Network Television (GCN TV)" channel is both FREE-TO-ADD and FREE-TO-VIEW on Roku player. You (once again) have developer Pedro Santiago to thank for that, not forgetting the content providers, of course !!

If you would like to connect with GCN America, you can do so via their official Twitter Feed: @GCN_America or, if you just want to get social with them, then you can do so directly via their Facebook Page: GCN America (Facebook).

Lastly, and no doubt due (again) to the fact that the "Global Christian Network Television (GCN TV)" channel has not yet been added to the "Official" Roku USA Channel Store, there is no Roku Guide Review available. If & when this situation changes, I will add a link to this post.


Meanwhile, whether it's Horror Movies, Fitness Videos, Religious Television & Radio Programming, War Games with Historic Miniatures or Memory Games with Playing Cards, we've pretty much got all of those bases covered with the above selection of NEW ADDITIONS to the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store - and, once again, in a VARIETY OF LANGUAGES, too !! I'm also extremely pleased to say that, FOR THE FIFTH WEEK IN A ROW, we've managed to exceed the number of channels which made it into the "Official" Roku USA Channel Store during the same time-frame (there were five, in case you were wondering). Again, it was a close-run contest and there wasn't much in it really. Still, no matter which side of the pond you are on, we can all count ourselves lucky to have been given SOME NEW CHOICES this week, rather than none at all, I'm sure you agree ?!!

Still, hopefully everyone in the UK with a Roku player managed to find something they like within the seven channels outlined above. If not, then you'll have to pay us a visit another time when, with any luck, there will be something more to your liking. Afterall, there's no point installing every channel because, as I've said before, when it comes to adding new channels to your Roku player, IT'S YOUR CHOICE and, as with all things Roku... THE CHOICE IS ALWAYS YOURS !!

So, be sure to come back in seven days' time for my next 'Weekly RoundUp' and, if you can't wait that long, remember you can always keep up with the UK Roku action (as it happens) throughout the coming week, by following our Twitter Feed: @ukrokuchannels where up-to-the-minute info on all things Roku-related (here in the UK) is posted on a daily basis (well, almost).

Until the next time, then...

That's all folks !!

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