Saturday, March 7, 2015

Roku UK Channel Store - Weekly RoundUp #104

Hi, everyone !!

If you've been following the goings-on around these parts over the past month or so, 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, unfortunately, we (once more) 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 (yet again) entirely due to factors beyond our control and, given the circumstances, it wouldn't have been right to cancel these "other" plans... so, I hope you all understand?! ;-)

Sadly, as with last time around, what this means is my time is (again) so tight this weekend that I'm not going to be able to leave you with details of any "private" channels. Should you find yourself "jones-ing" for more Roku content, however, 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 some "private" channels I intend to add to this blog at a later date, as well as one or two others which you may (or may not) have come across. Those of you who don't mind waiting a while longer, 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 in a future 'Weekly RoundUp' post to "reward" your patience! :-)

Anyway, before I proceed with listing the current crop of new channels (plus providing links to their associated reviews) making up this particular '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, all the extra work I've been burdened with of late means it remains unlikely that I'll be fully caught-up anytime soon. Until I do find the time... my one 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 and will endeavour to flesh-out what's missing ASAP! Admittedly, there are 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 seventeen '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 links) 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 SEVEN NEW CHANNELS which have been added during the preceding seven day period. These latest additions to the channel line-up provided FRESH CONTENT in both the Film & TV, plus Internet TV genres (i.e. categories). Specifically... this means that no less than FIVE EXTRA CHANNELS have been added to the "Film & TV" category, as well as TWO EXTRA CHANNELS in the "Internet TVgenre - all of which combine to make-up the selection of new choices which have been added to the channel store on Roku UK devices during this past 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:-

SUPER STARLET MOVIE CHANNEL.........COST: £0.69 (MONTHLY) [Roku Guide Review]

PLEASE NOTE:- That the 'Super Starlet Movie 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 !!

ALMOST FAMOUS FILM FESTIVAL.................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

ALL ANIMALS.......................................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

CULT TV A-GO-GO! - CTAGG............................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

AIR MOZILLA........................................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

CINEMA NOW.......................COST: FREE-TO-ADD + PPV RENTAL / PURCHASE FEES [Roku Guide Review]

PLEASE NOTE:- That, although the 'CinemaNow' channel is FREE-TO-ADD to Roku device(s) and DOES NOT REQUIRE A SUBSCRIPTION to use it, there is a vast library of streaming content that must either be purchased outright or is subject to a rental premium in order to view it. This means that YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY FOR ANY CONTENT YOU VIEW and prices vary for video quality (i.e. HD or SD) as well as different content purchased / rented via 'CinemaNow' accounts.

ALSO:- Due to the fact that the 'CinemaNow' channel was previously made available to Roku USA users, sometime during October 2014, YOU WILL NOT FIND IT IN THE "NEW" CATEGORY of the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store. Consequently, UK Roku owners hoping to add 'CinemaNow' to their channel selection should LOOK FOR IT UNDER "FILM & TV" INSTEAD which is the only place you will (currently) find it. HELPFUL HINT:- Once you have entered the "Film & TV" category of the channel store, simply PRESS THE "FWD SCAN" BUTTON THREE OR FOUR TIMES on your Roku remote TO "FAST SCROLL" TO WHERE 'CINEMA NOW' IS LOCATED in the list of Roku channels that make up that genre. Of course, it's precise position in the list may change in future but, as of the date of this post, that should help you find it more quickly than you may have otherwise.

RED BULL TV........................................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]


Anyhow, like it or not, that is your lot for this week and, whilst it doesn't quite match-up to the ten channels which made it into the "Official" Roku USA Channel Store during the same time-frame, it's better to have 7 NEW CHANNEL CHOICES as shown above, than none at all, don't you think?!

Meanwhile... hopefully everyone in the UK with a Roku player managed to find something they like within the seven "public" channels, or else the "private" channels whose access codes were "gifted" to you via the companion Twitter Feed to this blog at various points throughout the last seven days. Even so, if you didn't find anything to add to your Roku channel selection from the assortment of channels on offer this week, 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 thirty-one 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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