Thursday, October 31, 2013

A MummyVision Guide To Hallowe'en On Roku - Day #31 TURN ON (YOUR ROKU)... TUNEIN (THE RADIO APP)... & FREAK OUT... 'COS HALLOWE'EN IS HERE AT LAST!


Well, Boils & Ghouls... the BIG DAY has arrived !! Yes, October 31st is here at last and FINALLY we can REALLY get into the spirit of things (ahem!) and celebrate HALLOWE'EN in fine style !! Of course, this also means that the Countdown To Hallowe'en 2013 is now over and that this will be the very last post in my month-long blogathon that is "A MummyVision Guide To Hallowe'en On Roku". Speaking of which, if you happen to have missed the previous instalments, from earlier in the month, this whole thing began with details of a Hallowe'en ScreamSaver, complete with it's own spooky soundtrack, followed by a Roku channel dedicated to Vintage Horror Classics, then some Hallowe'en "How-To" videos, a Roku channel for fans of the paranormal and then another for devotees of independent horror. After that came a channel dedicated to the open discussion of UFO's and UFO-related activities plus a further selection of Cult Films, Sci-Fi Classics & Vintage Horror. Since then, we've provided details of a Roku channel brimming with creepy cocktail suggestions, another with more classic Hallowe'en movie choices, and then details of a Roku channel that mixes paranormal reality tv shows with powerful documentaries, mysteries, conspiracy theories, UFO's and plenty else besides. The next two instalments saw yet more Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy movies on one channel plus some Hallowe'en / Horror-themed music, courtesy of a Roku radio channel, on another. We then brought you details of a live-streaming horror channel, to add yet another dynamic to the Hallowe'en entertainment on your Roku players plus some close encounters of the third kind, courtesy of a Roku channel dedicated to the subject of aliens and UFO's. Add to that two more Roku channels bringing fresh selections of Sci-Fi & Horror Movies plus more "Halloween Horror" films, then another channel with a bunch of J-Horror, K-Horror and every other kind of Asian horror that you can imagine. Then throw in yet another helping of vintage horror movies, together with a whole host of Hallowe'en recipes to add to the macabre menu for your spooktacular soirée. Add to that a side-order of indie underground horror seasoned with a dash of the weird & paranormal, plus more hard-to-find horror movies & TV series, and then throw in a little zombie action, some slashers & killers, as well as a few more "Films of the Undead" & some ghost stories courtesy of Nowhereman's client for Roku, not forgetting the 100+ sci-fi, horror & fantasy films and the 120+ public domain horror & sci-fi flicks we've posted details of, over the last couple of days, and you're well on your way to having the best Hallowe'en ever, with everything that's been covered (so far) in this series !!

Meanwhile here we are on October 31st, and there's still loads more Hallowe'en-themed Roku content to tell you about... all of which can be easily streamed via your Roku player(s) to help you celebrate. So... what kind of thing is going to benefit your spooky soirée the most ?!! Well, whilst we still stand firmly behind our ethos that you can never really have too many movie(s) to watch over the Hallowe'en season, we also believe that you can never really have too much choice in terms of macabre music with which to dance the night away & keep everybody's spirits up at your ghastly gathering. With that in mind, we have searched through the available channels on Roku player and managed to (once more) come up trumps... with a channel that offers a huge selection of internet radio stations, many of which are specifically tailored to the Hallowe'en season, that can easily be used like an automatic Roku "DJ" to keep those devilish ditties, scary songs & other tunes of terror flowing, and ensure your paranormal party stays pumping... like the blood from the veins of the vampire's victim !! Suffice it to say that, if you are looking for the most spine-tingling soundtrack to your spooktacular shindig, with no limit to the amount of music that can be streamed from the stations available, then you'll definitely want to add this to your channel selection for the ultimate macabre music streaming experience this Hallowe'en !!

As you might expect, this radio-based Roku channel can be found within the "Music" category (i.e. genre) of the Roku Channel Store in all regions. Generally speaking, the 'TuneIn Radio' channel on Roku provides an assortment of the world's music, sports and news from LIVE GLOBAL RADIO stations to PODCASTS and CONCERTS. The 'TuneIn Radio' channel for Roku offers access to the multitude of internet radio channels (currently MORE THAN 100, 000 stations) as can be found on the 'TuneIn Radio' website, as well as via the numerous dedicated 'TuneIn Radio' apps for smartphones, tablets, televisions and other connected devices, all of which can be FOUND HERE.

Obviously, having multiple genres to choose from in the main menu of the 'TuneIn Radio' channel means that not all of the included content is going to be relevant to this post. However, the inclusion of a 'Search' function means that it is very easy to whittle down the list, by sticking to our general theme, and entering the word "Halloween" as a search term, to obtain a set of results specific to our needs.

Now, ordinarily, you'd use an original Roku remote to enter text via the on-screen keyboard shown:- 

HINT: Click on the above image to ENLARGE IT for easier viewing !!

Although, if you've tried that method previously, you'll know that it can be a bit fiddly (not to mention overly-cumbersome) to "type" your search term  into the required field. For this reason, I STRONGLY RECOMMEND that you enter the required text USING THE FREE ROKU REMOTE APP for either iOS (if you have an Apple mobile device) or Android, since the keyboard for touch-screen mobile devices are (generally) far easier to use than the directional buttons on a remote control when it comes to typing. If you have yet to install the Roku app on your mobile device, you can download them easily by using the relevant link(s) below:- 

If you have an Apple mobile device (running iOS 4.3 or later)...

Or, for those of you with Android mobile devices (running Android 2.1 and up)...

Even if you don't intend using the app(s) with this particular channel, I would urge you to go ahead and download them anyway because of the increased functionality they offer over the original Roku remote(s). You could also find that the app makes using your Roku streaming media player a far easier (yes, that is possible) and, not to mention, all together more enjoyable experience, too !!

Anyway once you've entered the search term, "Halloween", and then hit the on-screen 'Search' button to perform the task, you should then see a sub-menu appear onscreen with the relevant search results. These will appear as a single row of icons, scrollable from left to right (and vice-versa) using either the LEFT / RIGHT directional arrows (to advance one icon at a time) or else, the 'FWD SCAN' and/or 'REV SCAN' buttons (to advance by four icons at a time). On the far right of the list (HINT: you can also click 'LEFT' from the left-hand end of the list to get there more quickly) you will see one folder for "Recent Episodes", which contains the latest editions of any podcasts available (which match your search term), and another marked "Other results:", that will contain additional results (again, based upon the search term used). As of the date of this post, searching for "Halloween" via the 'TuneIn Radio' channel gave the following Hallowe'en radio stations & shows to choose from:-

Search Results for "Halloween" (25 Titles)

  • Fear All Year - We are a 24/7 Halloween & Haunt-themed radio station
  • - Every Hallowe'en we make you scream!
  • Horror Theatre - feat. Ghost Stories, Weird Stories and Murder Stories
  • Roswell UFO Radio - Science Fiction Radio Dramas from the 1940's & 1950's
  • Halloween Radio - The best in Halloween-related music and entertainment
  • Halloween Classics (UK) - The poppier side of Hallowe'en. No fillers, only thrillers.
  • Radio Weirdsville - Hallowe'en Comedy Hits & Howlingly Funny Sketches
  • SomaFM: Doomed - A scary, haunting soundtrack where Hallowe'en is every day!
  • Halloween Radio Oldies - Scary, spooky, horror, thrilling Hallowe'en radio
  • A Great Halloween Station - The perfect mix of spooky songs & scary sounds
  • Halloween Radio Atmosphere - Scary, spooky, horror, thrilling Hallowe'en radio
  • Hauntcast - Radio for Haunters and Hallowe'en Fanatics
  • Scare FM - Haunted Radio for Hallowe'en Fanatics
  • PseudoPod - Horror fiction podcast, featuring the best short horror in audio form
  • Ghost Pod - The place where REAL ghost stories are shared
  • Ghost Chronicles - Exploring the dark halls of spirit lives and ghostly realms
  • Ghost Chronicles International - Radio show with Ron Kolek, Cal Cooper & Steve Parsons
  • The Book Of Hallowe'en - Audiobook version of the Ruth Edna Kelley classic
  • Anything Ghost Show - Lex Wahl presents personal ghost stories from around the world
  • Rue Morgue Radio - The world's original ALL-HORROR broadcast
  • The War Of The Worlds - Audiobook version of the H. G. Wells sci-fi novel
  • The No Sleep Podcast - Horror story-telling podcast, hosted by David Cummings
  • Horror Stories - Errr... Horror stories (surprise, surprise) of varying length, in podcast form
  • The Scary Story Podcast - feat. the horror, humour & howls of author O. Penn-Coughin
  • Halloween Haunt - When you need some darkness, the Hallowe'en Haunt is there

Other Results for "Halloween" (11 Titles) 

So, as you can see, there is plenty of content for you to choose from that can be used as the perfect audio backdrop to your Hallowe'en (h)extravaganza. If you'd like a quick summary of the available channels, without visiting their individual websites (via the links above), then you should navigate to the dedicated 'Halloween' page for 'TuneIn Radio' which can be FOUND HERE if you're interested. Don't spend too much time browsing, though, because the witching hour is fast approaching... so hurry up and pick something to listen to, because the real Hallowe'en fun begins in just a few more hours... SO LET'S GET THIS PARTY STARTED, PEOPLE !!!!

Meanwhile, if you'd like to discover more about the 'TuneIn Radio' channel on Roku, you can visit their Official Website VIA THIS LINK. Alternatively, you can keep up with all the latest news on 'TuneIn Radio' by reading their Official Blog FOUND HERE. You can also connect with the 'TuneIn Radio' channel via their Twitter Feed: @TuneIn or else, get social through: TuneIn Radio (Facebook)

In the meantime, it may further interest you to know that, according to the channel description for 'TuneIn Radio', taken from the Official Roku Website, the channel was developed for Roku by 'TheNowhereMan'. If that name happens to sound familiar to you, it could be because he is also responsible for the development of the 'Nowhere Archive' channel on Roku player (as featured on day twenty-three in this series of posts) as well as MANY OTHER CHANNELS that are well worth installing on your Roku player. Many of those channels are PRIVATE CHANNELS that you won't find in the "Official" Roku Channel Store, no matter which region you are in but, if you'd like to see what they are all about (and discover more about the 'TheNowhereMan' at the same time) you can do so via his Official Website FOUND HERE. Alternatively, those wishing to connect directly with Chris [aka 'TheNowhereMan'] developer of both the 'TuneIn Radio' channel and the 'Nowhere Archive' channel for Roku, can do so easily via his Twitter Feed: @nowhereman or else, you can use the contact information which can be found in the upper right hand corner of his website. While you are there, please consider making a donation to Chris for his tireless efforts in developing Roku channels for all of us to enjoy (many of which are available free-of-charge) using the "Donate" button at the top of the page. Failing that, if any of his paid channels are of interest to you then perhaps you'd consider one of those instead of donating. Either way, Chris definitely deserves a "thank you" for all the work he has put in, so (if nothing else) send him a message of gratitude for his trouble !!

Those of you who may wish to add this channel to the Hallowe'en-themed entertainment on your Roku player(s) but are, perhaps, unable to access the Channel Store on your device at this precise moment... can also take care of things by simply LOGGING-IN to your Online Roku Account, scrolling down to the 'Manage Account' section, and using the "Add a Private Channel" option. That way, when you do have access to your Roku player, the 'TuneIn Radio' channel will be there ready for you to listen to whenever you so choose !! All you must do to achieve this, is type the following access code under "Add a Private Channel" and click the blue 'Add Channel' button:-

ACCESS CODE:- tunein

Anyway, that's pretty much all there is to it, except to point out that 'TuneIn Radio' has been given an average score of "4.5 out of 5" from 6, 426 ratings (so far) in the channel store description from the Official Roku Website. That statistic alone should be reason enough for you to give this channel a try, never mind the fact that ALL OF THE MUSIC IS FREE TO LISTEN TO as well !!

Unfortunately, if this particular Hallowe'en / Horror themed Roku channel wasn't to your liking then YOU WILL HAVE A LONG WAIT as there won't be another one posted until October 2014, when the successor to my month-long blogathon: "A MummyVision Guide To Hallowe'en On Roku"will be unveiled. Meanwhile, when you're done with this blog, please be sure to take some time (as I will) to visit the other contributors to the 2013 Countdown To Hallowe'en and discover all of the Hallowe'en treats they have in store for you, which they have been busy serving up throughout the past month !!

Fangs again, for stopping by !!

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