Saturday, February 21, 2015

Roku UK Channel Store - Weekly RoundUp #102

Hi, everyone !!

If you've been following the goings-on around these parts in recent weeks, you'll be all too aware of the unusual publishing method I've been adopting for my blog posts during that time. For everyone else, it means I've (basically) not had enough time to publish these posts in their entirety on a Saturday (as per my self-imposed deadline each week) and have had to resort to doing both an "early edition" and a "late edition" for each of the articles... owing to my time being occupied with, shall we say, "other" matters. Now fast-forward to the present day and, although there are no plans for "dinner and a movie" this week, unfortunately we (once again) have "other" plans... which means I'm going to have to repeat that "slow-drip" method of publishing for the current 'Weekly RoundUp' post as well. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause you, but this was entirely due to factors beyond our control and it wouldn't have been right to cancel these "other" plans... so, I hope you understand!

In fact, time is so tight this weekend that I'm not even going to be able to leave you with details of some more "private" channels to tide you over until the "late edition" is published. Should you find yourself "jones-ing" for more Roku content, then I suggest you look back over my tweets from the last seven days on the companion Twitter Feed to this blog: @ukrokuchannels where you will find details for the channels I intend to add later, as well as one or two others which you may (or may not) have come across before. Those of you who don't mind waiting a few more days, and/or have no desire to go "trawling" through my ramblings on Twitter, can expect to find the info for several more of these "private" channels featured in the "late edition" of this post to "reward" your patience!

Anyway, before I proceed any further with this 'Weekly RoundUp'... a brief reminder that, whilst I had hoped I'd be able to catch-up on the missing Roku-related news from this blog in recent weeks, with all the extra work I've been burdened with of late it remains unlikely that I'll be fully caught-up anytime soon. Until I do find the time... my saving grace is that (as mentioned previously) I have somehow managed to remain up-to-date with all the latest additions to the "New" category of the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store as well as bringing the individual listings for each of the channel store categories bang up-to date. As promised, I will endeavour to add what's "missing" ASAP! Admittedly, there are still quite a few articles that I need to catch up on but, rather than post links for individual weeks, I'll simply refer you back to my "Roku UK Channel Store - Weekly RoundUp #78", which contains all of the pertinent information you might need when researching back over the items in question. Again, I'm sorry this has dragged-on (far) longer than anticipated, and apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused you, but (all being well) things will be back up to speed soon!

For now... all I can offer you is a brief summary of the latest additions to the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store from the past seven days. As with my other recent posts, you can expect any additional Roku-related news from the past week, along with details of any changes to the channel selection found on NowTV Boxes, to be added at some point in the near future. As for "mending" all of the "broken" links from previous 'Weekly RoundUp' posts, I still can't put a time-scale on how long that is going to take but (like I said before) if you "copy" the existing link(s) and change the "http" prefix to "https", as well as removing the "forward slash" between 'channels' and '#!details', so that "channels#/!details" becomes "channels#!details" in each weblink, you should find that they will all work for you and redirect to the new-look version of each individual channel description. As with the last fifteen 'Weekly RoundUp' posts, every link from this week (plus all future posts) will use the new format, so it's only those from 'Weekly RoundUp #1' up as far as 'Weekly RoundUp #86' which you'll have to amend... at least, until I can edit/repair the links for you !!

Still, with all the "missing" Roku-related news (and web-links plus extra "private" channel info, etc.) yet to follow, let's now press on with the current 'Weekly RoundUp' of NEW ADDITIONS to the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store. This time there are SIX NEW CHANNELS which have been added during the preceding seven day period. These latest additions to the channel line-up provided FRESH CONTENT in each of the Film & TV, Music, Screensavers & Apps, plus Religion & Spirituality genres (i.e. categories). Specifically... this means that no less than THREE EXTRA CHANNELS in the "Religion & Spirituality" genre plus ONE EXTRA CHANNEL in each of the "Film & TV" and "Music" plus "Screensavers & Apps" categories make up the selection of new choices from the channel store on UK Roku devices this week.

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

FIFTIES TV......................................................COST: £0.69 (MONTHLY) [Roku Guide Review]

PLEASE NOTE:- That the 'Fifties TV' channel for Roku devices, developed by 'Evonne Mandella' is a MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION purchase with recurring payments. As such, if you choose to subscribe to this channel, YOU WILL BE CHARGED £0.69 PER MONTH and will continue to be charged in this manner UNTIL YOU CANCEL YOUR SUBSCRIPTION. It is also worth noting, before you subscribe, that ALL PAYMENTS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE !!

PJTN (Proclaiming Justice to The Nations).............................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

STUDY GATEWAY............................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

SOGR RADIO......................................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

CENTENARY UMC............................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

KINETICS SCREENSAVER........................COST: £1.49 (MONTHLY) [Roku Guide Review]

PLEASE NOTE:- That the 'Kinetics Screensaver' for Roku devices, developed by 'Squirreltown' is a MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION purchase with recurring payments. As such, if you choose to subscribe to this channel, YOU WILL BE CHARGED £1.49 PER MONTH and will continue to be charged in this manner UNTIL YOU CANCEL YOUR SUBSCRIPTION. It is also worth noting, before you subscribe, that ALL PAYMENTS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE !!


Anyhow, like it or not, that is your lot for this week and, whilst it doesn't quite match-up to the nine channels which made it into the "Official" Roku USA Channel Store during the same time-frame, I always think it's better to have SOME NEW CHOICES than none at all, don't you?! Besides, two of the three "extra" channels added to US Roku devices were already available to UK Roku owners (having been released here previously) so there's really only one channel less for us this week.

Meanwhile... hopefully everyone in the UK with a Roku player managed to find something they like within the six "public" channels outlined above. If you didn't find anything to add to your Roku channel selection from the various channels on offer this week, then you'll just have to pay us a visit another time when, with any luck, there will be something more to your liking. Afterall, there's no point installing every channel because like I say... when it comes to adding new channels to your Roku, IT'S YOUR CHOICE and, as with all things Roku... THE CHOICE IS ALWAYS YOURS !!


As mentioned earlier in this post, you can expect my usual summary of all the goings-on (or not) in the (severely restricted) Roku Channel Store that features on NowTV Boxes to follow in the near future. Meanwhile, whether you happen to own a Roku player, a NowTV Box, OR BOTH, as I do... be sure to check my previous posts (as mentioned above) for all the new additions to the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store in each of the twenty-nine preceding weeks and then come back again in seven days' time for my next 'Weekly RoundUp'. However, if you can't wait that long, remember you can always keep up with all the UK Roku action (as it happens) throughout the coming week, by following the companion Twitter Feed: @ukrokuchannels where up-to-the-minute info on all things Roku-related (here in the UK) is posted on a daily basis (well, almost).

Until the next time, then...

That's all folks !!

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