Monday, February 25, 2013

UK Roku Private Channel - Resources For The Future



Another week, another channel...


First, though, I'd like to welcome some more new readers into the fold. Since my last post, we've had visitors from Norway, Brazil, Denmark and Thailand, as well as Trinidad and Tobago. Hopefully you all found something of interest within the various posts that have been published so far.


Those of you who have been following this blog since it's inception will already have been made aware of the 1,195 channels that currently exist in the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store but, as promised in some of my earlier posts, the aim of this blog is to cover ALL channels available to Roku users in the UK. That means, you will also get to find out about the so-called 'Private' channels Roku UK users can add to their streaming media players.


Now, at some point, I will be publishing an A-Z list of all these hidden channels for ease of reference. For now, I'm merely going to whet your appetite(s) by drawing your attention to a Private Channel that I came across over the weekend, purely by chance...


Basically, I was playing around with different access codes in an attempt to find the correct code for another channel that was in the Roku USA Channel Store but not, as yet, featured here in the Roku UK Channel Store. Anyway, one of the codes I entered turned out to be a valid access code for a channel that I'd never heard of. So, when I clicked on the 'Add Channel' button, this is what I saw on the computer screen in front of me:-




Needless to say, I proceeded to add the channel so that I could find out more about it. For some reason, none of my regular sources of private channel access codes has made any mention of this and, usually, they would be the ones publishing private channel access codes that I would add to my Roku player. This time, however, I believe I may have a WORLD EXCLUSIVE FIRST REFERENCE to a previously unheard of Roku channel that they will be adding to their Roku players !!


Before I go ahead and give you the access code, though, I just want to give you some background information on Resources For The Future (RFF) so that you can judge for yourselves whether this 'Private Channel' will be of interest to you, or not.


Essentially, Resources For The Future (RFF) is a non-profit and non-partisan organisation that conducts independent research on environmental, energy, natural resource and environmental health issues. Their headquarters are in Washington DC but their research scopes comprises programs in nations around the world. Founded in 1952, they now have some 40 researchers working within five defined focus areas:-


  1. Energy and Climate
  2. Regulating Risks
  3. Transportation and Urban Land
  4. The Natural World
  5. Health and Environment


For those of you that are interested in finding out more, I recommend a visit to the RFF website, where you can get the latest information on their current activities. Meanwhile, if you care to check out their 'Private Channel' on your Roku player, what you will get is a 75 minute video of an RFF seminar from May 2012 where they address concerns about speculators who, having driven the price of oil to unprecedented heights back in 2008, may now be doing it again...


If that sounds worthy of a watch to you, then you can add this FREE private channel via your online Roku Account by clicking on the following link:-


Or, if you prefer, by accessing your Roku Account online and then using the 'Add A Private Channel' option to type the access code in manually, yourself. If so, here it is:-

CODE: rff

If you do decide to view the video of the RFF seminar, then PLEASE REMEMBER that this is now an archive recording and YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SUBMIT QUESTIONS via their Twitter feed, as mentioned near the outset, and have them answered 'live' at the end of the seminar. However, if you so wish, then any questions you may have could still be submitted to the RFF website using the link (above), or using their Twitter Feed: @RFF_org or their Facebook Page: ResourcesForTheFuture


Should the content of this particular Roku Private Channel not be of interest to you then, rest assured, there will be plenty more access codes and details for other Roku Private Channels, Hidden Channels or Beta Channels... call them what you will, published right here on this very blog. They may not all be a WORLD EXCLUSIVE FIRST REFERENCE, as I believe this to have been, but I assure you that you will be able to add them to your Roku streaming media player(s) here in the UK. Just remember that some will only be compatible with Roku 2 players but, that being the case, I will endeavor to inform you in the post for the channel(s) concerned.


Still, that's about it for this post. Keep coming back, if you want more Roku Private Channels UK users can add to their Roku players as well as the latest additions to the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store. Either way, you'll hear about them either here or via my Twitter Feed: @ukrokuchannels


Until the next time, then...


That's all folks !!


Friday, February 22, 2013

Roku Tips, Tricks & Tweaks - #1 Adding A MicroSD Card



Hello again, everybody !!


I'd like to start by extending a warm welcome to recent visitors from both Malaysia and Austria who, according to my audience figures, have graced the pages of this blog during the past week. It's good to know that interest in the Roku streaming media player stretches far beyond the shores of this fair island and is not just limited to the USA, Canada & Ireland which, if you recall, are the main regions that the Roku player has been marketed thus far.


Anyway, one of the other bits of information you can glean from the stats on blogger are the most common search terms used by people who come to your blog and, this week, a new search appeared in my list for the first time. Now, if you read my last post...


It's Time To... Choose Your Roku !!


... and you read as far as MY TWO CENTS WORTH, towards the bottom of the post, then you will know that I championed the benefits of adding a MicroSD Card to the Roku XS player. Coincidentally the new search keywords, which I referred to above, were "How To Reformat Micro SD Card Roku" and so I decided to make that the subject for this post.


First and foremost, if you are about to add a MicroSD Card to your Roku player, I suggest you read this  very useful help article, entitled "How Do I Install A MicroSD Card For My Roku 2 Player?", taken from the support centre on the official Roku website.


If you follow those steps, as I did when installing my own MicroSD Card, then you should be able to complete the task without any problems. The one thing which I would emphasize when it comes to 'Step 3', where you insert the MicroSD Card into the slot on the back of your Roku 2, be sure to push the MicroSD Card firmly and push it all the way in (as far as you can) until it clicks into place. The first time I tried, I thought it was fully inserted but, having failed to see the dialog "MicroSD card detected" on my TV screen, I realised something was wrong. Closer examination revealed that the card was still protruding slightly too much so, after another firm push, it stayed securely in place within the card slot and the dialog then appeared on my TV screen as I had expected.


Another piece of advice which I would give to those of you who have yet to invest in a MicroSD Card for your Roku XS is to not go overboard with the size of the card (i.e. the available capacity) because it can be problematic if you opt for too big a memory. Roku, themselves, suggest a 2GB capacity and most people find that 4GB will suffice for their personal needs. I, myself, went for an 8GB MicroSD Card because I knew that, with the number of channels I'd be installing in relation to my posts on this blog, I wanted to have as much expanded memory as was reasonable yet still reliable.


I have read tales of woe from several people who have attempted to install 32GB, 64GB and higher MicroSD Cards which have then failed to format correctly, often stalling at 99% complete, simply because they were not fit for purpose. So, PLEASE HEED THIS ADVICE and choose a lower capacity MicroSD Card (e.g. 2GB, 4GB or 8GB) which have been widely proven to work.


As regards the specific 'Class' of MicroSD Card to go for, I would suggest either 'Class 4' or ''Class 6' for trouble-free operation. Roku, themselves, advocate a minimum of 'Class 2' or upwards. However, I have heard more tales of woe from users attempting to install 'Class 10' MicroSD Cards which, as with the larger capacity cards, proved to be problematic when it came to installing them into a Roku 2 streaming media player. Again, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED and would be strongly advised to stay within the realms of what is already known and proven to work well in these devices.


Now, when it comes to how you actually format the MicroSD Card, you should find that the Roku player takes care of all the necessary formatting for you as soon as the MicroSD Card has been correctly inserted into the MicroSD Card Slot, on the back of the Roku streaming media player. However, should you encounter any problems during the formatting stage, I would first double-check that you are using both a suitable 'Class' of MicroSD Card and 'Size' (i.e. capacity) of MicroSD Card - as outlined in the previous paragraphs of this post. Assuming that you are using a suitable product, then I would try repeating the procedure, as set down in the afore-mentioned Help Article on the official Roku website, entitled: "How Do I Install A MicroSD Card For My Roku 2 Player?" and see if that works. If not, then there may be a problem with the particular MicroSD Card you are using. In which case, I suggest trying another one. Failing that, I recommend checking the Roku Forums or the Roku (UK) Help & Support pages for further assistance.


Finally, I would like to draw your attention to the specific function & use of the MicroSD Card in relation to the operation of the Roku streaming media player. PLEASE REMEMBER:-


1. The MicroSD card slot IS NOT designed for the playback or recording of media (e.g. video, audio or photos) either to or from a MicroSD card that is inserted into it;

2. The expanded memory capacity afforded by the insertion of a MicroSD card into the MicroSD slot is for the storage of Channel Information and Game Data ONLY and, as such, merely serves to improve the speed and functionality of the User Interface (UI) on the Roku player, and;

3. The addition of a MicroSD card is best suited to those Roku owners who either have, or intend to have, installed a large number of channels and/or games onto their Roku player. Anyone who does not use their Roku player for gaming, or who has only a small number of channels actually installed from the large choice of channels available to watch WILL SEE LITTLE OR NO BENEFIT from having a Micro SD card installed.


So, there you have it... pretty much all the info you will need if you intend to install and format a MicroSD card using the corresponding slot on the back of your Roku XS. If anyone has any further questions, in relation to this matter, then please feel free to leave a comment and I will try my best to answer your question(s) or, failing that, to point you in the direction of a support centre or Roku forum where other users may have experienced similar situations as you.


If you happened to be one of the people who came to my blog via a search for "How To Reformat Micro SD Card Roku", then I hope that this post has answered some if not all of your questions on the subject.


Anyway, that's about all I have to say on the matter.


So, until next time...


That's all folks !!


Monday, February 18, 2013

It's Time To... Choose Your Roku !!



Welcome back, everyone !!


Now that you know exactly what your options are content-wise, at least from the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store, it's time to decide which Roku streaming media player is right for you.


Currently, there are just TWO OPTIONS available to Roku purchasers, here in the UK. They are:-


(i) The Roku LT, and;


(ii) The Roku XS.


For the best side-by-side comparison of the two Roku models, outlined above, I recommend first looking at this guide from the official Roku UK website, to help you decide which Roku is going to be the right one for your individual needs.


To further assist you, SOME IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS you might want to factor in, are:-

(a) If you want or need a WIRED CONNECTION then it will have to be the Roku XS;

(b) If you want 1080p FULL HD functionality, then it will have to be the Roku XS;

(c) If you want a USB port to connect a portable USB drive or external USB hard drive, for the playback/viewing of your own stored media such as music (AAC and MP3 format ONLY), videos (MKV [H.264] and MP4 format ONLY) or photos (JPG and PNG format ONLY), then it will have to be the Roku XS;

(d) If you want a MicroSD card slot for additional game and channel storage memory, then it will have to be the Roku XS;

(e) If you want an enhanced Bluetooth Remote with motion control for games, rather than the regular Standard InfraRed (IR) Remote, so that your Roku player can be stored away out-of-sight yet still be fully functional, then it will have to be the Roku XS;

(f) If you want the Angry Birds video game included FREE, then it will have to be the Roku XS, and;

(g) If you would like the option of adding certain games, channels and screensavers, etc. which are only compatible with the Roku XS then, obviously, it will have to be the Roku XS.


Now, if none of the above considerations are relevant to your particular needs or situation, then by all means, save yourself a few quid and opt for the Roku LT but, for me at least, the Roku XS is the way to go because the extra outlay is minimal given the additional functionality it provides.


If you would like to look at the 'Get Started' guides for each of the players, you will find them here:-


Roku LT Quick Start Guide (UK)


and, here:-


Roku XS Quick Start Guide (UK)



These guides are well worth a look because they will give you a better idea of what is included with each player, as well as providing an insight as to what can be expected during the setup process.

It is worth noting that BOTH the Roku LT and the Roku XS are capable of WIRELESS functionality. So, if that is your preferred or (unfortunately) ONLY OPTION, then you need not worry, as either player can be set up to perform as part of a wireless network if necessary.


However, it is ONLY the Roku XS which is capable of:-

Having a WIRED CONNECTION, by virtue of the Roku XS having a built-in ethernet port, whereas (unfortunately) the Roku LT does not feature an ethernet port.


You may also like to know that BOTH the Roku LT and the Roku XS are capable of outputting the following video standards:-

480i (over composite video)
480p (over HDMI)
720p (over HDMI)

However, it is ONLY the Roku XS which is capable of:-

1080p (over HDMI)

In other words, the Roku LT is NOT CAPABLE of outputting 1080p FULL HD video, which may be a consideration for those of you hoping to take advantage of the higher quality streams available from Netflix and other channel providers.

Speaking of HD video content, there is one oversight on the part of Roku when packaging these products, in as much as they do not include an HDMI cable among the contents in the boxes for either the Roku LT or the Roku XS. For, whilst they do include a composite video cable with both players, for connection to older standard CRT television sets, an HDMI cable IS NOT INCLUDED for connection to more modern HD televisions. So, if you have an HD TV, you will need to get hold of an HDMI cable to benefit from the best output video quality from your (new) Roku player.


Another point of interest to potential purchasers may be the language options available to you when investing in a Roku player, here in the UK. You might be pleased to learn that the following languages are currently catered for by the UK version of the popular streaming media player:-

1. English;
2. Deutsch (i.e. German);
3. Español (i.e. Spanish), and;
4. Français (i.e. French)

So, if you happen to be fluent in any of those languages, you can simply configure your preferred language within the Roku Player Settings menu and customize your Roku player to function in your native tongue or perhaps your chosen second language. As with all things Roku... the choice is yours !!


Anyway, now that you've decided which Roku player is the right one for you, you are probably going to want to know HOW MUCH IS IT? and WHERE CAN I BUY IT?

For those of you interested in the Roku LT, you can obtain it from the following retailers, listed below with the cheapest total price (incl. VAT & delivery) first, and then sorted A-Z by retailer wherever the same price is offered by two or more different retailers:-


eBuyer.com................................................£49.98 (incl. VAT) + FREE DELIVERY

Amazon.co.uk............................................£49.99 (incl. VAT) + FREE DELIVERY

Box.co.uk...................................................£49.99 (incl. VAT) + FREE DELIVERY

Currys.........................................................£49.99 (incl. VAT) + FREE DELIVERY

PC World....................................................£49.99 (incl. VAT) + FREE DELIVERY

Play.com.....................................................£52.95 (incl. VAT) + FREE DELIVERY

Scan Computers......................................... £49.98 (incl. VAT) + £4.99 (minimum) for delivery

Maplin.........................................................£59.99 (incl. VAT) + FREE DELIVERY



Alternatively, for those of you with a little more cash to splash, who may be leaning more towards the Roku XS,  it can be purchased from the following retailers, again listed with the cheapest total price (incl. VAT & delivery) first, then sorted A-Z by retailer whenever the same price is offered by two or more different retailers:-


Amazon.co.uk............................................£79.99 (incl. VAT) + FREE DELIVERY

Box.co.uk...................................................£79.99 (incl. VAT) + FREE DELIVERY

Currys.........................................................£79.99 (incl. VAT) + FREE DELIVERY

PC World....................................................£79.99 (incl. VAT) + FREE DELIVERY

Play.com.....................................................£82.39 (incl. VAT) + FREE DELIVERY

Tesco Direct................................................£99.97 (incl. VAT) + £3.00 (minimum) for delivery

eBuyer.com................................................£99.99 (incl. VAT) + FREE DELIVERY

Scan Computers......................................... £100.00 (incl. VAT) + £4.99 (minimum) for delivery

Maplin.........................................................£109.99 (incl. VAT) + FREE DELIVERY



I would like to point out that the above list of retailers was obtained from this page on the official Roku UK website and that the prices shown were obtained by following the various "Buy Now" links posted there. I can also verify that the prices shown were correct at the time of posting but are subject to change by the individual retailers, at any time. The official Roku "Where To Buy?" guide indicates that the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the Roku LT is currently £49.99 and for the Roku XS is currently £99.99 but, again, those prices are subject to change.


There may, of course, be other retailers or sellers for either product whose prices may be lower (or higher) than those outlined above and you are, therefore, advised to do your own research before committing to any purchase of this kind. Just let us know if you find any bargains out there !!


So, now that you know what options are available to you, all that remains is for you to take the plunge, invest in a Roku streaming media player and join the UK Roku revolution.


That's really all there is to it.


Although, having said that, I should not really end this post without first giving you...


MY TWO CENTS WORTH... because, in my humble opinion, a WIRED CONNECTION is the only way to ensure a reliable experience, particularly when watching HD content via a streaming media player. Even if you need to make the added investment in a couple of powerline adapters (at say £30-£50 for the pair) to allow for your router being in a different part of the house to where you install your Roku, I would ALWAYS RECOMMEND going with A WIRED CONNECTION for best results.


Also, the added benefit of a MicroSD card slot (included with the Roku XS) makes it worth investing in a suitable MEMORY CARD to expand the available memory on the Roku XS to enable a faster, smoother experience when navigating the User Interface (UI) on the Roku streaming media player. For best results, Roku recommends a 'Class 2' or greater MicroSD card, with a minimum of 2GB storage capacity. For the record, I use a 'Class 4' MicroSDHC card with an 8GB capacity and, especially once you've added a bunch of channels, YOU WILL NOTICE THE DIFFERENCE in the speed of the UI when used with expanded memory versus without it. Again, it may add another five or six pounds to your budget but the decrease in loading times for channels and games PLUS the increase in speed for just zipping through your channels is money well spent.


It's also worth noting that, if you were to buy the enhanced Bluetooth remote (with motion control for games) as a standalone accessory from Roku, it would likely cost you £29.99 where available. With the Roku LT priced (generally) around £49.99 and the Roku XS widely available for £79.99 (currently), it doesn't really seem like much of a saving if you opt for the Roku LT. If you think about it, with the Roku XS, you are not only getting the enhanced Bluetooth remote and the functionality afforded by it, but also 1080p FULL HD instead of just 720p, plus an ethernet port (allowing for a WIRED setup) and a USB port, as well as a MicroSD card slot for expanded channel/game memory, not to mention a FREE copy of Angry Birds, all thrown in for the same price an enhanced Bluetooth remote would be.


So, for these reasons PLUS the aforementioned considerations, I (personally) opted for the Roku XS because, although priced slightly higher, I felt the additional features and functionality warranted the increased cost. Just thought you might like to know...


Anyhow, that's definitely all I have to say on the subject for now.


The rest is up to you... and all I will ask from here on in is, "Do you Roku?", because if the answer is "Yes" then you'll be frequenting these pages on a regular basis to find out all the latest goings-on for Roku in the UK. Whereas, if the answer is "No", then you are probably not interested in the Roku player and are unlikely to be visiting these pages very often. That said, do come back every once in a while because, you never know... you may see something here which will change your mind and have you rushing out to buy a Roku player of your own, afterall.



Until the next time, then...



That's all folks !!


Saturday, February 16, 2013

Roku UK Channel Store - 25 Most Popular Channels



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, one hundred and ninety-five. Yes, that's 1,195 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 750+ quoted on Roku's website, and even MORE THAN DOUBLE 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 1,195 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 1,195 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 fifty-nine 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 !!!!!!


Anyway, I'm sure you get the idea. So, without further delay, the 25 channels that have been deemed as the "Most Popular" by Roku UK users, are:-



01. Netflix
02. BBC iPlayer
03. Plex
04. Demand 5
05. YouTube
06. Angry Birds
07. 4oD
08. VEVO
09. *** Intentionally Left Blank *** - READ WHY 'IN THIS POST'
10. Sky News
11. TuneIn Radio
12. Facebook Photos & Videos
13. Spotify
14. Angry Birds Toons
15. Flixster
16. Roku Media Player
17. ITV Player
18. Popcornflix
19. Weather Underground
20. Crunchyroll
21. FOXNews.com
22. Livestream
23. MLB.TV
24. SnagFilms
25. Qello Concerts




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PLEASE NOTE:- This list was last updated on Sunday 31st August 2014 with all details accurate as of Saturday 30th August 2014. 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.


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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 1,195 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 NEW 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.



Until then...


That's all folks !!


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

New UK Roku Channels Official Twitter Feed


Welcome back, everyone !!


Again, I'd like to start by extending an extra special greeting to some recent visitors. This time around the shout out goes to readers from both Turkey and Sweden who have all graced the pages of this blog since my last post. It's good to have you onboard and I hope you'll keep coming back for more.

Now, one certain way you can hear about any changes or updates to this blog is to follow my new Twitter feed. You will find it at the following location:-


http://twitter.com/ukrokuchannels


Although, I suppose the more modern way of putting it, would be to say... follow me:


@ukrokuchannels


Either way is fine by me and, given time, I'll probably try and integrate the Twitter feed to greater effect within this blog but, for now, I'd advise that you bookmark or otherwise make a note of those details so that you can remain at the forefront of all things Roku, here in the UK.


So, whether it's the latest information about any NEW Roku UK channels, Roku UK Private Channels, Roku UK Channel Store updates, Official Roku UK Channels, channel updates, channel removals, or just a heads-up about a new post on this blog (with a quick link, to read it) you'd be wise to make use of the UK Roku Channels new Twitter feed.


If you're into Roku in the UK, and want to be kept informed of all Roku UK news and other UK Roku facts, then these are the BEST places to find out about it. So, don't forget to visit often !!


That said, I should like to take this opportunity to say that I'll not be posting again for a few days. In fact, I'm not even sure what the subject matter of my next post will be. Basically, there's a myriad of ideas written down about posts I want to make on here but, as yet, I haven't picked out what the next one will be. So, let's just say that it will remain relevant to UK Roku users (as always) and will perhaps also be of interest to others of you, who may be considering the purchase of a Roku streaming media player in the UK, having read about the content on offer via this blog.


Anyway, that's about all for today.


So, take care, folks... and don't forget it's Valentine's Day on Thursday !!


You can expect my next post on either Friday (if I get time) or, at the very latest, by Saturday.


Until then...



That's all folks !!




Monday, February 11, 2013

UK Roku Official Channels - Religion & Spirituality Genre


Hello, again !!


I'd like to begin by extending a warm welcome to recent visitors from the Netherlands, Australia, Canada and Puerto Rico. Bearing in mind that the Roku streaming media players have been mainly marketed in four regions (USA, Canada, Ireland & UK) it's refreshing to know that there has been an interest expressed in the device from a further six regions around the globe, via this very blog. It seems the world really is shrinking and we are gearing more towards a global community.


Anyway, the main purpose of this post is to reveal to you the two hundred and thirty-five channels that, together, make up the "Religion & Spirituality" genre and also round-off our itemised listings of the various categories within the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store. So, here goes...



01. Shalom Television Channel
02. Divine TV
03. EWTN Europe
04. Lifepointe
05. TBN Networks
06. GOD TV
07. Daystar Television Network
08. Central Online TV
09. Revival Fire TV
10. 700 Club Continental
11. Revelation TV
12. Amazing Discoveries TV
13. EastLake Church
14. Tomorrow's World
15. Jerusalem Channel
16. KINGDOM CONNECTION TV NETWORK
17. SonLife Broadcasting Network
18. iPoint Cable
19. Al Mouridiyyah Television
20. Truth For The World
21. Pastor Chris Channel
22. HisChannel
23. KVTV
24. AhlulBayt TV
25. MorningStar TV
26. Billy Graham Television - BGTV
27. GETV - Global Evangelism Television
28. Wordcast
29. WLSG
30. 3ABN
31. Understand the Bible
32. CTV
33. Jim Richards TV - Impact TV
34. SermonAudio.com
35. Mormon Channel
36. Brightstar TV
37. North Point Online
38. It's Supernatural! Network
39. Kenneth Copeland Ministries
40. Westside Family Church
41. Bible Explorations
42. TV Mackenzie
43. Preach The Word Worldwide TV
44. Zola Levitt Ministries
45. RHEMA
46. SpeakFaith.TV
47. CYC - Christian Youth Channel
48. Redemption Television
49. LifeChurch STL
50. Little Light Studios TV
51. Christian Video Pix
52. The Adventist Channel
53. Hope Channel
54. Muslim Television Ahmadiyya
55. GOAHEAD MISSION INC
56. Impact Radio Network
57. Water of Life [Doyle Davidson] (PUBLIC)
58. Reigning in Life
59. ReLive
60. Mieux Vivre
61. The Streaming Bible
62. Your Now Network
63. New Hope Today - NHT
64. VCC Jesus Zentrum
65. NAMS Network
66. THABN Channel
67. Gaither TV
68. Sound Reason
69. BTBN - Bible Teachers Broadcasting Network
70. The Messianic Channel
71. Keys to Kingdom Living
72. Hal Brady Ministries
73. Daily Living TV Network
74. Joyce Meyer Ministries
75. BibleTalk.TV
76. EVAG.tv / ETAG.tv
77. River Of Life
78. Victory World Church
79. ZoeStream Network
80. Blessing TV
81. Pure Passion World
82. The Gathering Church
83. Weiner Ministries
84. 3:16 TV
85. Oxford Bible Church
86. Dr. Leroy Thompson TV
87. 1st Baptist Church Trussville
88. Parables TV
89. Christian Life Center
90. Andrew Wommack Ministries
91. Uniendo Fuerzas
92. IgniteChurch.TV
93. WZC - White Zoom Channel
94. Marian TV
95. Rosetta Bryson TV
96. UnoRed La Red Cristiana
97. MTA International
98. Angel TV
99. Apostollic Christian Assembly (ACA Prayer House)
100. Radio Vida En Abundancia
101. Global Christian Network TV (GCN TV)
102. AFTV - Amazing Facts TV
103. The Refuge
104. Transforming Truth
105. Shiloh Ministries
106. Seventh-Day Adventist TV
107. Prophetic Destiny TV
108. Christian Life Ministry
109. Kingdom TV Network
110. Bible Screen
111. Vajra Buddhist TV
112. Jewish Voice with Jonathan Bernis
113. Safeer TV
114. Assemblies Of God
115. The Dove TV & Radio
116. PAX
117. PFM Family TV
118. Op72
119. My King's TV
120. Southern Baptist
121. HGGWN Christian IPTV Cable
122. Inspiration TV
123. Vineyard
124. Church Of God
125. Presbyterian Churches
126. Baptist Churches
127. United Methodist Church
128. Anglican Churches
129. Calvary Chapel
130. HRN On-Demand TV
131. Bible Discovery TV Free
132. Revival Is Here TV Network
133. The Church On The Way
134. Salvation Online
135. Rejoice TV
136. TVida TV
137. Hebraic Roots Network - Live
138. Saddleback Church
139. Gracepoint Church - Jim Devney
140. First Fruits Of Zion
141. Dove Broadcasting
142. JellyTelly
143. Alfady TV Channel
144. The Chapel
145. Discover The Truth
146. WWEBTV
147. Skip Heitzig
148. Crown Entertainment
149. Emmanuel Church Windhoek
150. Ageless Knowledge TV On Demand
151. Life & Health Network
152. Central United Methodist
153. The Life Of Faith Broadcast
154. Evangel Church
155. The Impact Network
156. FwpTV
157. AwakeNJ
158. Christ Family TV Network
159. Totally Gospel Network
160. GCN TV Korea
161. A.R.S.3. Ministries
162. UCB TV
163. Holy Spirit And Fire TV
164. StreamSpot
165. The Holy Tales - Bible
166. GEB America
167. Lehigh Valley Baptist Church
168. First Presbyterian Church
169. Trinity United Thunder Bay
170. Tele Dunamis
171. Una Voz De Consuelo
172. Audio Scripture ROKU
173. FNDTV
174. Morris Cerullo Ministries
175. Lake Gibson Church
176. LifeChurch West Chester
177. PIJN News
178. Deen TV
179. ChurchVU
180. Our Lady Of The Visitation
181. Beltline Christian Center
182. Kennedy Classics
183. Cape Nazarene
184. Calvary Chapel Southbury
185. Truth That Transforms
186. Refuge
187. Heritage Church Texarkana
188. The Basilica Of St. John
189. St. Mark Missionary Baptist
190. Glorify TV
191. Old West Ministries LIVE
192. Shalom World TV
193. TBC World
194. Calvary Baptist Normal IL
195. Mars Hill Baptist Church
196. I'm Inside Jew
197. Praise Church
198. The Saints Network TV
199. WLJC
200. Calvary Chapel Sonora
201. Maranatha
202. EIFM
203. Calvary Chapel Fort Worth
204. Calvary TV
205. iChurch Las Vegas
206. Hour Of Power
207. Hope Of Israel
208. CfaN
209. Calvary Eau Claire
210. Sunrise COGOP
211. Sound Doctrines TV
212. IMPDTV
213. CalvaryFTL
214. Revelation Of The Word Church
215. Bible Tracts Radio
216. CDI TV
217. Faith Community Church
218. Kim Clement TV
219. Quest Community Church
220. Joyful Noise
221. Generation Now Network
222. CNL
223. Super Channel
224. Sammy Tippit Ministries Media
225. Eleden.Net
226. KingsWord TV
227. Crossline TV
228. Rockford First Church
229. Catalyst Church
230. Colonial Hills Baptist Church
231. WRIGG TV
232. Shepherd's Chapel Church
233. Shekinah Worship Centre
234. Fellowship Of The Nations TV
235. For The Life Of The World



And there you have it... all 1,195 channels from the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store have now been itemised for the greater benefit of Roku users everywhere. However, my Roku UK channel list will not just simply end there. Oh, no !! Far from it... because we haven't even touched upon the Roku Private Channels list, here in the UK, and with our continued aim to bring you the lowdown on all UK Roku channels, there's plenty more in the pipeline to keep you coming back !!


Next time around, I'll be bringing you details of a NEW ACCOUNT that I've set up on Twitter to bring you more concise snippets of information on Roku UK. There will, of course, be referrals back to this blog for more in-depth analysis on the various "tweets" you read but there will also be some stuff which is unique to the Twitter feed. So, if you really want to be on top of all the information for UK Roku, you will need to check BOTH sources regularly.


In other words, if you want to be sure of having a complete list of Roku channels, then as long as you stick with UKROKUCHANNELS (via Blogger and Twitter) you know you're in the right place to get the job done !!


For future reference, I will also be compiling a BIG LIST, with an A-Z summary of the 1,195 channels we've covered so far. The idea being, that it can then be added to as and when any new channels are released via the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store. In that way, it should serve as both an accurate and authoritative document for whatever channels you should expect to find there, at any given time.


That's all for today, though.


So, until next time...




That's all folks !!


Sunday, February 10, 2013

UK Roku Official Channels - Screensavers & Apps Genre


Welcome back, everyone !!

We'll be keeping it short and sweet this Sunday, with a special selection of fifty-four channels from the "Screensavers & Apps"genre (apologies to anyone with a lisp for that intro!) as can be currently found in the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store and, in doing so, we'll be trying to avoid any (more) superfluous "S's" in the process !!

So, sit back and cast your eyes over this next installment from my series of posts designed to give you the skinny on exactly what channels are available on Roku UK and help you build a complete list of what's on offer when you choose to invest in one of these smart streaming media players...

In fact, they're so smart most of them even come with a cable that will allow you to turn an old CRT television into a "Smart TV" without so much as an HD cable, never mind an HD TV, in sight. Now, if that doesn't entice some of you TV technophobes to dig into your wallets and join us in the present century, I don't know what will !!

But, as usual, I digress... so, without further delay, here's a list of the 54 channels that populate the "Screensavers & Apps" genre in the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store:-



01. WebCam-One
02. Weather4us
03. Chaneru for Roku
04. Blockwave Preview
05. Picasa Web Albums Screensaver
06. Aquarium Screensaver
07. Stock Watch
08. Oregon Beaches
09. Clever Clocks Screensaver
10. Nowhere Headlines
11. ScreenShades
12. Flowers
13. Floating Circles
14. Blockwave Screensaver
15. True Screensaver
16. Alien Worlds Screensaver
17. CalendarStream
18. Quotes From Shakespeare
19. More Quotes From Shakespeare
20. Angry Birds Toons
21. Post-It News
22. Nature Window TV
23. Nature Window TV Lite
24. Ouroborealis
25. Sleep Diet
26. Fireflies Screensaver FREE
27. WebCam Plus
28. Today's Daily App
29. Puppy Saver
30. Kitten Saver
31. Space Saver
32. SKOPE
33. VAPE
34. PRESTO
35. FisHi
36. ScreamSaver
37. Fireflies Screensaver
38. Screen Dreams Fireplaces
39. Christmas
40. Radar HD
41. Christmas Winter
42. Christmas Screens
43. Desert Beauty
44. ArmchairTourist [2014 Version]
45. Nowhere Pix
46. Wild Lakes
47. Screen Dreams - Aquariums
48. Perfect 1080
49. ScreenJuice Elements
50. ScreenJuice Autos
51. ScreenJuice Space
52. ScreenJuice Designs
53. ScreenJuice Macro
54. SLIDE



Okay, okay... not such a great job of avoiding the "S's" but, when you're listing fifty-four screensavers, there's not much chance of avoiding them is there?!! Anyway, that now brings our tally closer to the one thousand mark... with 960 channels now listed from the (current) total of 1,195 that are available in the Roku UK Channel Store.


Fortunately, this more than backs up the "over 750 channels and counting..." introductory paragraph (currently) found on the Roku (UK) website although it would have been nice if they (i.e. Roku themselves) had listed exactly what those channels were, rather than leaving it for someone like me to do in my (very limited) spare time. Still, if it helps anyone out who may have been putting off buying a Roku media player for lack of information about it, then it's time well spent.


More importantly, that now leaves us with just one more category for which we need to provide a detailed listing and, in case you didn't read my earlier post with the Official Roku UK Channel Store Overview, that's the "Religion & Spirituality" genre. So, if you'd like to discover the 235 channels available you'll need to come back and check out my next post, which will provide you with an itemised listing of what is on offer.



Until the next time, then...



That's all folks !!


Saturday, February 9, 2013

UK Roku Official Channels - Special Interest Genre


Hi, everyone !!

Here's the next installment in my series of posts covering the general overviews (i.e. listings) for each of the main genres (i.e. categories) within the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store which, as you might expect, is aimed primarily at Roku UK owners and potential UK Roku purchasers. That's not to say it won't be of interest to Roku users in the rest of the world, of course, and that is a fact which has already been proven by my blog stats. Speaking of which, I'd like to extend a warm welcome to my recent visitors from both Spain and the Philippines.

But... enough of our man in Manila !! For now, it's time to reveal to you the one hundred and sixty-five channels that, when combined, make up the "Special Interest" genre in the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store. So, whether you're taking notes or just want to find out exactly what channels are available on Roku UK, you'll want to cast your eyes over this lot !!




01. Aliens and UFO's Channel
02. Live Exercise
03. YogaGlo
04. Horoscopes by Kelli Fox
05. The Jack Blood Show
06. ProMed Network
07. IFA.tv
08. Jim Harold's Paranormal Radio
09. Todocast
10. The Autism Channel
11. Lifestyle Magazine
12. Veria Living Go
13. AgendaTruth.com
14. Hypnosis TV
15. Momversation
16. JDRF.TV
17. Drupalize.Me
18. Buzz and Biz
19. SKOGG System
20. Pride Player
21. Innovative Language - Chinese
22. Telos TV
23. Style Music TV
24. Senior Care TV
25. Kanter Health Network
26. Cruise Addicts
27. My Yoga Online
28. Innovative German
29. Innovative Japanese
30. Innovative Korean
31. The Yachting Channel
32. SkinnyStork
33. DirecSHOP Television
34. Florida's Visitor Network
35. Pro Bono
36. Innovative Italian
37. 911
38. Book Marc
39. H*E*R*O*
40. Canal de Ayuda Internaçional
41. War Games With Miniatures
42. Fitness Magazine
43. FitYou
44. Pilatesology
45. Theories Radio
46. Fit2B Studio
47. iStyle.TV
48. TripSmart
49. One Nation
50. GetScaredTV
51. HealthSmart
52. Shock Radio!
53. HappyKids
54. Georgetown Everywhere
55. iComedy.TV
56. HomeVeda
57. LectureKings.com
58. Topic: UFO
59. TechSmart
60. CraftSmart
61. iParenting
62. Old Time Radio USA
63. SmartWoman
64. SmartSenior
65. TeenGals
66. SmartMan
67. Greg's Garage TV
68. Innovative Greek
69. Innovative Cantonese
70. Innovative Thai
71. Innovative Arabic
72. Innovative Hebrew
73. Innovative Turkish
74. Innovative Hindi
75. Innovative Portuguese
76. Innovative Polish
77. Radio's Classic Broadcasts
78. The Brick Show
79. Firewood Hoarders TV
80. NetFit
81. Pranks
82. iEducation
83. BookingHunter
84. Streamingwell
85. Pilates
86. Travel With Kids
87. Weightloss
88. BEPTV
89. Models In Motion
90. TVAmerica Global Broadcasting
91. TripEurope
92. Trip Australia
93. Tour Videos
94. TripUSA
95. WushuMaster
96. TripAsia
97. The Aviation Channel
98. The Baby Channel
99. The Animal Channel
100. The Bike Channel
101. Simple Kids Crafts
102. KickFit Preview
103. eFit30
104. Vlog With Kendra
105. Kids Camp
106. The Design Network
107. The Fashion Channel
108. Nellie And Ned
109. Sheru Knitting
110. Naseem Delan
111. Crochet Ever After
112. BexLife
113. Rich Mom
114. The Hotel Channel
115. Mathispower4u
116. Fun Travel TV
117. Inception Radio Network
118. Sarah Fit TV
119. A Plus Physics
120. Fawesome Pets
121. In The Fight
122. IlyJessicaOMG
123. Close Combat
124. Fit For Duty
125. Animation Libation Studios LLC
126. Kids Learn Hindi
127. JSTU Studios
128. Tea Time With Tayla
129. Mimi - Artist & Model
130. Renderosity
131. Vipo
132. Funny D00ds
133. Craft Klatch
134. Homeschooling Network
135. Million Dollar TV Network
136. The Knowledge Channel
137. NRA Women
138. Jus 4 Me Club Free
139. YogaMerge
140. Car Show Television
141. The Real Estate Channel
142. Mall
143. CosmeticsReviewsByFawesome.TV
144. HomeChannel
145. WEEDtv
146. New Africa Channel
147. Tips For Surviving
148. Healthy Living by Fawesome.TV
149. Stars and Stripes TV
150. FightTV Plus
151. Atheist TV
152. LittleFoxKids
153. Mocomi
154. REEL H2O Fishing
155. The GiggleBellies
156. MICHAELHICKOXFilms
157. Alejandra.TV
158. Honeymoon by Fawesome.TV
159. TeleguKids
160. Mike's Road Trip
161. Robeson Designs
162. Spud's Vintage Transport
163. Blind Cat Rescue
164. Live With CeCe & Cezer
165. Davidsbeenhere



Now, until I start giving you the specifics for each channel within these various genres, then most of them will appear unfamiliar to you, I'm sure. However, amongst these 165 channels there is content which will appeal to language learners as much as lingerie lovers, to lifestyle programming for mothers, yoga practitioners, the LGBTQ community and people living with diabetes or autism. Delve a little deeper and there's stuff on UFO's & aliens, horoscopes, the paranormal & the esoteric sciences, as well as a few bits and pieces for the tech-heads out there.


Anyway, that brings the total number of channels listed, so far, to a whopping 906 which equates to just over three quarters of what is on offer via the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store (currently 1,195 channels, and counting...). There are now just two more genres from the main list of categories in the channel store overview posted previously. I'm saving the biggest for last, so up next will be the 54 channels from the "Screensavers & Apps" genre. The usual suspects are on offer, with options to display photos, news headlines, stock market info, world time, weather and even turn your TV into a spectacular aquarium !!


So, be sure to visit again soon for more UK Roku channels and to bring your Roku UK channel list(s) another step closer to being complete. Just remember that with more channels being added every week, no list will remain complete for long and you should try and stop by this blog at frequent intervals if you really want to be up to date with your UK channel list !!



Until next time, then...




That's all folks !!




Friday, February 8, 2013

UK Roku Official Channels - Food Genre


Right... here we go, again !!

Apologies for the delay in posting but, as with any good meal, it should hopefully prove to be well worth the wait. As promised last time, the veritable feast of channels on the menu today includes no less than fifty-nine channels of foodie heaven for your viewing pleasure. So, without further ado, get stuck into this lot:-

01. Indian Food (by iFood.tv)
02. Chinese Food (by iFood.tv)
03. iFood.TV
04. Healthy Food (by iFood.tv)
05. Italian Food (by iFood.tv)
06. Thai Food (by iFood.tv)
07. Kids Recipes (by iFood.tv)
08. Cook
09. Drinks (by iFood.tv)
10. Simply Vegetarian (by iFood.tv)
11. Mexican Food (by iFood.tv)
12. Great Chefs
13. iWine.tv
14. Kosher Recipes (by iFood.tv)
15. The Sam Livecast
16. Totally Vegetarian
17. Sorted Food
18. The Cooking Channel
19. BestCooks
20. Good Food Ireland
21. Chow
22. BBQ Pit Boys
23. Le Gourmet TV
24. GooseberryPatch
25. Weelicious
26. Tarla Dalal
27. Amateur Kitchen
28. Giallo Zafferano
29. TheFoodChannel
30. HolidayKitchenTV
31. Lynn's Recipes
32. Divas Can Cook
33. Vegan Life
34. Diabetic Living
35. Steve's Cooking
36. Small Screens Cocktails
37. Amy Lynn's Kitchen
38. Rebecca Brand Recipes
39. Grill Sergeants
40. Betty's Kitchen
41. Dude Food
42. Mediterranean Food (by iFood.tv)
43. Japanese Food (by iFood.tv)
44. MyRecipes.com
45. Ballistic BBQ
46. BBQ n Grill
47. Baking (by iFood.tv)
48. Korean Food (by iFood.tv)
49. Cake (by iFood.tv)
50. Artisan Wine Channel
51. The Squishy Monster
52. The Kitchen Witch
53. Filipino Food (by iFood.tv)
54. The Japan Food Channel
55. Potluck Video
56. Easy Recipes With Twist
57. The Aimless Cook
58. Cooking For Bachelors
59. The Delicious Cook


Now, if you can't find something to tempt your taste buds amongst that lot, then you'll just have to wait until my next post when I reveal to you the 165 channels that make up the "Special Interest" genre. With topics ranging from autism to languages, horoscopes to yoga, UFO's & the paranormal, there's bound to be something to your taste !!

Meanwhile, why not take a glance back over the 741 channels that have already been listed and look forward to the remaining 454 channels from the current total of 1,195 which can be found in the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store. Then, if you're still keen to find out exactly what channels are available on Roku UK, be sure to stop by this blog again soon.

For now, though, that's about it because all this talk about food has made me hungry !!


Until next time, then...



That's all folks !!