Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A MummyVision Guide To Hallowe'en On Roku - Day #8 HEY, BARTENDER... IT'S TIME TO POUR THE POISON !!

Welcome, once again... Boils & Ghouls !!

As you are doubtless now accustomed, the 2013 Countdown To Hallowe'en continues and so too does my month-long blogathon "A MummyVision Guide To Hallowe'en On Roku". We're now on our eighth installment in this series of posts which began with details of a Hallowe'en ScreamSaver, complete with a 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 another for devotees of independent horror. After that came a channel dedicated to the open discussion of UFO's and UFO-related activities plus another selection of Cult Films, Sci-Fi Classics & Vintage Horror to boost the Hallowe'en / Horror movie choices for all you Roku film fans out there. Today, we're getting back to the celebratory side of things with another Roku channel to help get your Hallowe'en party started, by providing some instructional videos for a range of seasonal cocktails to bestow upon your guests when they arrive at your spooky soirée on the evening of October 31st !!

In case you were not already aware, this libation-based Roku channel can be found in the "Food" genre (i.e. category) of the Roku Channel Store in all regions. Generally speaking, 'Drinks [by iFood.tv]' provides a collection of over 4,000 instructional videos containing recipes for all kinds of drinks from Cocktails to Smoothies, Party Shots, Teas, Ethnic Drinks, Holiday Specials & more. These "How-To" style videos can be used to improve your mixing and shaking skills to such a frighteningly good level, it could leave your Hallowe'en party guests in complete shock and awe, as they marvel at your new-found bartending talents !!

Obviously, having multiple genres to choose from (shown as "Categories"in the main menu) as part of the 'Drinks [by iFood.tv]' Roku channel means not all of the included content is relevant to this post. However, the inclusion of a 'Search' function (found under "Categories" in the main menu) means that it is very easy to whittle down the list, by sticking to our general theme, and enter the word "Halloween" as a search term, to obtain a set of results that are specific to our requirements.

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 an extra line appear at the top of the main menu (above where the "Categories" are listed) which says, "Searched Results For. Halloween". Beneath this will be a list of instructional videos for drinks recipes that will be suitable for serving at any Hallowe'en party (assuming your guests meet the minimum legal requirements for consuming alcohol, of course!). As of the date of this post, searching for "Halloween" drinks recipes via the 'Drinks [by iFood.tv]' channel gave a total of nineteen Hallowe'en Cocktail videos to choose from, as follows:-

  • Hallowe'en Screwdrivers with Black Vodka and Orange Juice
  • Hallowe'en Cocktail - The Vampire Bite
  • Pirates of the Caribbean Hallowe'en Cocktail
  • Hallowe'en Cocktail - The Heart's Blood
  • Hallowe'en Bloody Brain Shooter
  • Hallowe'en Cocktail - Dram"BOO"ie
  • Hallowe'en Special Black Cherry Cooler
  • Flaming Jack-O-Lantern Cocktail
  • Klingon Disrupter Shooter
  • Dracula's Libation Cocktail
  • Obituary Gin Cocktail
  • Warts and All Cocktail
  • Graveyard Cocktail
  • How To Make a Screaming Banshee Martini
  • The Nordic Death Cocktail
  • Voodoo Lady Cocktail
  • Flaming Zombie Cocktail
  • Tasty Holiday (Hallowe'en) Cocktail - Infused  Rum Drink with Blackberries
  • Spinach Banana Green Monster Smoothie (NON-ALCOHOLIC)

Given that there are still 23 days until Hallowe'en 2013, we thought that this would allow ample time for you to try any, or all, of these creepy cocktails before deciding on which one(s) to serve to your guests (or to liven up your own evening) come 31st October 2013. That said... AS ALWAYS, when it comes to the consumption of alcohol, PLEASE REMEMBER TO DRINK RESPONSIBLY !!

With that in mind... and NOT that we're suggesting you do BUT even if you were to test one creepy cocktail recipe, from this collection of "How-To" videos, per day between now and the end of the month, that should provide you with ample opportunity between my daily doses of Roku-related Hallowe'en horror in "A MummyVision Guide To Hallowe'en On Roku" to find the perfect poison for your fiendish festivities while, at the same time, helping to improve your mixing and shaking skills in the build-up to your own humdinger of a Hallowe'en (H)extravaganza (sic) !!

Meanwhile, according to the channel description for the 'Drinks [by iFood.tv]' channel, taken from the Official Roku Website, the channel was developed for Roku by Future Today Inc. (which happens to be the company behind iFood.tv). If that sounds familiar to you, it could be because they are also responsible for the development of the 'FitYou' channel on Roku player, as well as the UK-ONLY Roku food channel 'Bollywood Masala' and MANY OTHER FAMILIAR FOOD CHANNELS from the Roku channel store(s) IN ALL REGIONS. Should you need to contact Future Today Inc. (the developer of the 'Drinks [by iFood.tv]' channel) you can easily do so via the iFood.tv Twitter Feed: @ifoodtv or else, get social through: iFood.tv (Facebook). Of course, you can always find out more about Future Today Inc. by visiting the Official iFood.tv Website VIA THIS LINK, where you will find their full contact information PLUS details of their other associated websites. 

Those of you who wish to add this channel to the Hallowe'en-themed entertainment on your Roku player(s) are going to have to do so by navigating to the "Food" genre (i.e. category) from within the Roku Channel Store on your streaming player(s). The reason for this is that the ACCESS CODE for this channel REMAINS UNKNOWN, having yet to be made public via any of the usual sources. Sadly this means that, if you are unable to access the Channel Store on your device at this precise moment, you will not be able to add the channel by simply LOGGING-IN to your Online Roku Account, scrolling down to the 'Manage Account' section, and using the "Add a Private Channel" option to take care of things using an ACCESS / VANITY / INVITATION CODE. Sorry about that !!

Anyway, that's pretty much all there is to it, except to point out that  the 'Drinks [by iFood.tv]' channel has been given an average score of "3.5 out of 5" from 155 ratings (so far) in the channel store description from the Official Roku Website. That statistic alone should be reason enough to give this a try, never mind the fact that ALL VIDEOS ARE FREE-TO-WATCH too !!

Having said that, if this particular Hallowe'en / Horror themed Roku channel was not to your liking then FEAR NOT because there will be another one featured in tomorrow's post, continuing the month-long blogathon that is: "A MummyVision Guide To Hallowe'en On Roku"which will bring you more devilish delights EACH AND EVERY DAY from now UNTIL HALLOWE'EN and when you're done with this blog, don't forget to visit the other contributors to the 2013 Countdown To Hallowe'en and see what Hallowe'en treats they have in store for you between now and 31st October !!

Fangs again, for stopping by !!

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