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 1,656 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 six hundred and fifty-six. Yes, that's 1,656 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 MORE THAN the 1,400+ quoted on Roku's website, and OVER THREE TIMES GREATER than 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 1,656 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 1,656 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 ninety-seven 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 !!!!!!


****** UPDATE  - IMPORTANT NOTICE RE: FUTURE CHART LISTINGS ****** 

Having witnessed the goings-on within the "Most Popular" category of the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store over the past three years, and documented them on this blog for more than two years now, it has led me to believe that there has been (and remains) some serious "tinkering" behind the scenes which means that certain channels are not being listed (when they clearly should be) and others are being included in the "Most Popular" category (when, equally clearly, they should not). To illustrate my point, the current category listing from Roku would have you believe that the likes of NowTV, BBC iPlayer, Demand5, 4oD, Sky Store, ITV Player, BBC Sport, Flixster and one or two others are NOT among the 25 "Most Popular" Roku channels in the UK, despite their having (in several notable instances) far more ratings than many of the channels Roku has included in the list. So, from January 2015 onwards, the chart placings shown here ceased to "mirror" what is in the "Most Popular" category of the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store and will (instead) provide a more honest and (dare I say) accurate portrayal of what ARE the 25 "Most Popular" Roku channels on UK Roku devices - based on actual ratings received, rather than the ad hoc system (apparently) favoured by Roku - I'll leave it to you to check the channel store on your devices for their "version" from now on !!


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




01. Netflix

02. NowTV

03. BBC iPlayer

04. YouTube

05. Google Play Movies & TV

06. Demand 5

07. Plex

08. JW Broadcasting
09. All 4 [Formerly 4oD]
10. Sky News

11. ITV Player
12. VEVO
13. Sky Store
14. TuneIn Radio

15. BBC Sport

16. Facebook Photos & Videos

17. Roku Media Player

18. Spotify

19. Angry Birds Toons

20. Flixster

21. Viewster

22. Popcornflix

23. CineFunTV

24. DailyBurn
25. Weather Underground





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PLEASE NOTE:- That this list was last updated on Sunday 17th May 2015 with all details accurate as of Saturday 16th May 2015. 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 fully-functional '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 1,656 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 NEWER 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 seventy-eight channels that, together, make up the "Religion & Spirituality" genre in the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store. So, without further ado, here goes...




001. Shalom Television Channel
002. Divine TV
003. EWTN Europe
004. Lifepointe
005. TBN Networks TV
006. GOD TV
007. Daystar Television Network
008. Revival Fire TV
009. 700 Club Continental
010. Amazing Discoveries TV
011. Tomorrow's World
012. Jerusalem Channel
013. KINGDOM CONNECTION TV NETWORK
014. SonLife Broadcasting Network
015. iPoint Global Entertainment [formerly iPoint Cable]
016. Al Mouridiyyah Television
017. Truth For The World
018. HisChannel
019. KVTV
020. AhlulBayt TV
021. MorningStar TV
022. Billy Graham Television - BGTV
023. GETV - Global Evangelism Television
024. WLSG
025. 3ABN
026. Understand the Bible
027. CTV
028. Jim Richards TV - Impact TV
029. SermonAudio.com
030. Mormon Channel
031. Brightstar TV
032. North Point Online
033. It's Supernatural! Network
034. Kenneth Copeland Ministries
035. Westside Family Church
036. Bible Explorations
037. TV Mackenzie
038. Preach The Word Worldwide TV
039. Zola Levitt Ministries
040. RHEMA
041. SpeakFaith.TV
042. CYC - Christian Youth Channel
043. Redemption Television
044. LifeChurch STL
045. Christian Video Pix
046. Hope Channel
047. Muslim Television Ahmadiyya
048. GOAHEAD MISSION INC
049. Impact Radio Network
050. Water of Life [Doyle Davidson] (PUBLIC)
051. Reigning in Life
052. ReLive
053. Mieux Vivre
054. The Streaming Bible
055. Your Now Network
056. New Hope Today - NHT
057. VCC Jesus Zentrum
058. NAMS Network
059. THABN Channel
060. Gaither TV
061. Sound Reason
062. BTBN - Bible Teachers Broadcasting Network
063. The Messianic Channel
064. Keys to Kingdom Living
065. Hal Brady Ministries
066. Joyce Meyer Ministries
067. BibleTalk.TV
068. ETAG.tv
069. River Of Life
070. Victory World Church
071. ZoeStream Network
072. Blessing TV
073. Pure Passion World
074. The Gathering Church
075. Weiner Ministries
076. 3:16 TV
077. Oxford Bible Church
078. Dr. Leroy Thompson TV
079. 1st Baptist Church Trussville
080. Parables TV
081. Andrew Wommack Ministries
082. Uniendo Fuerzas
083. WZC - White Zoom Channel
084. Marian TV
085. UnoRed La Red Cristiana
086. MTA International
087. Angel TV
088. Apostollic Christian Assembly (ACA Prayer House)
089. Radio Vida En Abundancia
090. Global Christian Network TV (GCN TV)
091. AFTV - Amazing Facts TV
092. The Refuge
093. Transforming Truth
094. Shiloh Ministries
095. Seventh-Day Adventist TV
096. Prophetic Destiny TV
097. Christian Life Ministry
098. Kingdom TV Network
099. Vajra Buddhist TV
100. Jewish Voice with Jonathan Bernis
101. Safeer TV
102. Assemblies Of God
103. The Dove TV & Radio
104. PAX
105. Op72
106. Southern Baptist Churches
107. HGGWN Christian IPTV Cable
108. Inspiration TV
109. Vineyard
110. Church Of God
111. Presbyterian Churches
112. Baptist Churches
113. United Methodist Church
114. Anglican Churches
115. Calvary Chapel
116. HRN On-Demand TV
117. Bible Discovery TV Free
118. Revival Is Here TV Network
119. The Church On The Way
120. Salvation Online
121. Rejoice TV
122. TVida TV
123. Hebraic Roots Network - Live
124. Saddleback Church
125. Gracepoint Church - Jim Devney
126. First Fruits Of Zion
127. Dove Broadcasting
128. JellyTelly
129. Alfady TV Channel
130. The Chapel
131. Discover The Truth
132. WWEBTV
133. Skip Heitzig
134. Crown Entertainment
135. Emmanuel Church Windhoek
136. Ageless Knowledge TV On Demand
137. Life & Health Network
138. Central United Methodist
139. The Life Of Faith Broadcast
140. Evangel Church
141. The Impact Network
142. FwpTV
143. AwakeNJ
144. Christ Family TV Network
145. Totally Gospel Network
146. GCN TV Korea
147. A.R.S.3. Ministries
148. UCB TV
149. Holy Spirit And Fire TV
150. StreamSpot
151. The Holy Tales - Bible
152. GEB America
153. Lehigh Valley Baptist Church
154. First Presbyterian Church
155. Trinity United Thunder Bay
156. Tele Dunamis
157. Una Voz De Consuelo
158. Audio Scripture ROKU
159. FNDTV
160. Morris Cerullo Ministries
161. Lake Gibson Church
162. LifeChurch West Chester
163. PIJN News
164. Deen TV
165. ChurchVU
166. Our Lady Of The Visitation
167. Beltline Christian Center
168. Kennedy Classics
169. Cape Nazarene
170. Calvary Chapel Southbury
171. Truth That Transforms
172. Refuge
173. Heritage Church Texarkana
174. The Basilica Of St. John
175. St. Mark Missionary Baptist
176. Glorify TV
177. Old West Ministries LIVE
178. Shalom World TV
179. TBC World
180. Calvary Baptist Normal IL
181. Mars Hill Baptist Church
182. I'm Inside Jew
183. Praise Church
184. christian [formerly The Saints Network TV]
185. WLJC
186. Calvary Chapel Sonora
187. Maranatha
188. EIFM
189. Calvary Chapel Fort Worth
190. Calvary TV
191. iChurch Las Vegas
192. Hour Of Power
193. Hope Of Israel
194. CfaN
195. Calvary Eau Claire
196. Sound Doctrines TV
197. IMPDTV
198. CalvaryFTL
199. Revelation Of The Word Church
200. Bible Tracts Radio
201. CDI TV
202. Faith Community Church
203. Kim Clement TV
204. Quest Community Church
205. Joyful Noise
206. Generation Now Network
207. CNL
208. Super Channel
209. Sammy Tippit Ministries Media
210. Eleden.Net
211. KingsWord TV
212. Crossline TV
213. Rockford First Church
214. Catalyst Church
215. Colonial Hills Baptist Church
216. WRIGG TV
217. Shepherd's Chapel Church
218. Shekinah Worship Centre
219. Fellowship Of The Nations TV
220. For The Life Of The World
221. Intercede International
222. Salt and Light
223. Frazer TV
224. The Bible Songs
225. Benny Hinn
226. The Carter Report
227. Now Worship Center
228. InTouch Ministries
229. JW Broadcasting
230. Grace Family Church
231. Headwaters Christian Church
232. Hyde Park Community UMC
233. Bible Screen
234. Bayless Conley Ministries
235. Dr. Anthony L. Trice TV
236. The Children's Mite
237. CTA
238. Christ Family Network
239. ALHIKMAT TV
240. Martus Ministry
241. SOON TV
242. HBN TV
243. All Nations TV
244. Empowerment Television Network
245. Christian Movies Direct
246. CBN TV
247. LoveIsrael.org
248. Message of Change
249. Barak Television
250. Celebration Church
251. Little Light Studios
252. Clayton Shepherd Ministries
253. Christian Movie Channel
254. Life TV Network
255. Alkalema TV
256. PJTN
257. Study Gateway
258. Centenary UMC
259. Revelation TV Live
260. Fairmount Temple
261. All Saints Church
262. Harvesters.TV
263. First Methodist Sugar Land
264. Ravi Zacharias Ministries
265. Life Church AG
266. God's Truth And Deliverance
267. Jesus 101
268. Go Christian TV
269. Cottonwood Creek Church
270. Global Christian Network - GCN
271. The Christian Comedy Channel
272. Christian Television Network
273. WATVnetwork
274. ARC Churches
275. Victory Church
276. sermon.net
277. Genesis Science Network
278. SCNAZTV




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PLEASE NOTE:- This information was last updated on Sunday 24th May 2015 with all channel details accurate as of Saturday 23rd May 2015. 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 the "Religion & Spirituality" category listing was compiled.


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That takes us well over the fifteen hundred mark, as far as "public" channels are concerned, with the total number indexed (so far) standing at 1,581 and still with two more genres to go. Next time, I'll be providing details for the 8 channels listed under "Themes" in the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store and after that there's just one more category to complete these listings.


In the meantime... 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'll also be compiling a BIG LIST, with an A-Z summary of the 1,669 channels available in the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store, which can then be added to as and when any new channels are released. 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 about it 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 eighty-seven 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 which 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 87 channels that populate the "Screensavers & Apps" genre in the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store:-




01. WebCam-One
02. Weather4us
03. Chaneru
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
17. CalendarStream
18. Quotes From Shakespeare
19. More Quotes From Shakespeare
20. Angry Birds Toons
21. Ouroborealis
22. Sleep Diet
23. Fireflies Screensaver FREE
24. WebCam Plus
25. Today's Daily App
26. Puppy Saver
27. Kitten Saver
28. Space Saver
29. SKOPE
30. VAPE
31. FisHi
32. ScreamSaver
33. Fireflies Screensaver
34. Christmas
35. Radar HD
36. Christmas Winter
37. Christmas Screens
38. Desert Beauty
39. Nowhere Pix
40. Wild Lakes
41. Perfect 1080
42. ScreenJuice Elements
43. ScreenJuice Autos
44. ScreenJuice Space
45. ScreenJuice Designs
46. ScreenJuice Macro
47. SLIDE
48. Fantasy Spacesaver
49. miDoor (Requires miDoor Device)
50. Car Screensaver
51. Cities At Night
52. Firefox (Requires Android Device)
53. Roksbox for Dropbox
54. Fall Screensaver
55. Landscape Screensaver
56. Halloween Screensaver
57. CalendarStream (Ver. 2.0)
58. Artcast (Paid Version)
59. Your Photos Screensaver
60. Study Buddy
61. Screensaver Channel
62. Roksbox xStream
63. Roksbox for Google Drive
64. Roksbox Plug and Play
65. Binary Clock Screensaver
66. Daylight Clock Screensaver
67. Animated Flip Clock
68. Nixie Clock Screensaver
69. Word Clock Screensaver
70. Art Stream Videos
71. Lakes Screensaver
72. Ahhveo
73. Kinetics Screensaver
74. Serenity Channel
75. Winter Saver
76. Scout for Netflix
77. Artcast Lite
78. Starfield
79. Beaches Screensaver
80. SCREENZAVER.Models
81. SCREENZAVER.Reef
82. SCREENZAVER.London
83. SCREENZAVER.Puppies
84. SCREENZAVER.Bikes
85. SCREENZAVER.Birds
86. SCREENZAVER.Military
87. SCREENZAVER.Nature




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PLEASE NOTE:- This information was last updated on Sunday 24th May 2015 with all channel details accurate as of Saturday 23rd May 2015. 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 the "Screensavers & Apps" category listing was compiled.


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Okay, okay... not such a great job of avoiding the "S's" but, when you're listing eighty-seven screensavers, there's not much chance of avoiding them is there?!! Anyway, that now brings our tally to just over the thirteen hundred mark... with 1,303 channels having been listed from the (current) total of 1,669 that are available in the Roku UK Channel Store.


Fortunately, this means we're not far off the "over 1,400 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 device for lack of information on it, then it's time well spent.


More importantly... that leaves us with just three more categories for which we need detailed listings and, in case you didn't read my earlier post with the Official Roku UK Channel Store Overview, next up will be the "Religion & Spirituality" genre. So, if you'd like to discover the 278 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 !!