Saturday, January 6, 2018

Roku UK Channel Store - Weekly RoundUp #252





Hi, everyone !!



While the festive period gave UK Roku users a taste of the week-to-week reality for NowTV box owners, with no new channel additions whatsoever, the last seven days have served as a thankful reminder as to why we prefer Roku streaming media players over the devices from NowTV. To put things firmly into perspective, there have been more new channels (or, "apps", if you prefer) added to the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store in the last week than the sum total of Roku channels which have been accumulated in the (ahem) "Roku Powered™" App Store (built-in to NowTV boxes) during the four and a half years since the first (white box) NowTV-branded device was launched! :-O


As there's so much to get through this week, I'm going to (once again) ask you to refer back to the companion Twitter Feed: @ukrokuchannels for details of any Roku-related news, as well as some special offers which may be of interest. In addition to that, I also posted details for some more private channels (available in all regions) among the other Roku-related bits and pieces that were shared via Twitter... so, as always, it's worth looking back over my recent tweets for some extra treats! ;-) :-)


Before I get on to the list of new channels, I'd just like to mention (on a not entirely un-related note) that despite their having caught-up on the backlog of "missing" reviews: a situation on-going for several months prior to the publishing blackout over 'Thanksgiving', reported on six weeks ago, I'm sad to say that 'Roku Guide' has (once again) fallen short of compiling a complete set of reviews for the channels released in the seven days preceding their most recent article (dated 5th January 2018). Unfortunately, this means there are 'Roku Guide' reviews "missing" for over seventy-five per cent of the channels that were released between 30th December 2017 and 5th January 2018. I don't know why they have missed so many of the channels but, according to this recent post shared via Twitter, they are already "busy reviewing them" to add to their first batch of just twenty reviews, with the added promise of "more to come next week" assuming they can find the time to catch-up while still being able to review whatever channels get published during the coming week! Sadly, this (once more) leaves UK users very short on additional info for those Roku apps which have already been published in the last seven days but (as yet) have not been reviewed... so, much like other posts in recent months, rather than simply regurgitate what is written in each channel description from the channel store, I'm (again) going to have to leave it for each of you to (individually) access those details via the built-in channel store on your Roku device(s). Needless to say, once the "missing" reviews have been published by 'Roku Guide', I will (as I have done previously) ensure that I add the relevant links to this post. Apologies (yet again) for any inconvenience that may have been caused by the absence of active links to an independent review for so many of these new apps but, like I say, it was entirely out of my hands. Meanwhile... I advise scanning the list below, to see which of the channels (if any) are likely to appeal. Then, if you go to the built-in channel store found on your Roku device, you can read the description(s) there, for precise details on your pick of the latest new Roku channels (apps) added to UK Roku devices during this past week! ;-) :-)


Anyhow... I'm delighted to say that, thanks (largely) to the much-anticipated release for a backlog of new channels which accrued during the three week publishing blackout over the festive period, we have managed to surpass the epic list of fifty-plus channels from six months ago, and smashed the equally impressive tally of forty-six channels we were treated to twelve weeks ago, with the number of new channels added to the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store this week. While it's still a long way short of beating the UK record of eighty-three channels in one week, which was set back in April 2017 and featured in my 'Roku UK Channel Store - Weekly RoundUp #216', it did managed to equal the (existing) second-highest tally for new channels released in one week, which dates all the way back to November 2015 and my 'Roku UK Channel Store - Weekly RoundUp #140'. These latest additions include a dozen new Roku channels (apps) with content suitable for "Kids & Family", plus a dozen more with "Religious" programming; nine extra choices under "Film & TV", as well as; eight more options in the "Screensavers" category (i.e. genre), and; five apps for each of the "International" plus "Special Interest" categories. There's also a brace of channel additions for each of the "Food", "Lifestyle", plus "News & Weather" genres, as well as; the odd new channel addition to the "Games", "Comedy", "Fitness", "Music", "Sci & Tech", "Sports", "Travel" plus "Web Video" categories. In fact, with such a varied selection of channels to choose from, there should be something to please most streamers here. If not, I also shared details of some special offers (via social media) relating to Roku channels in the UK. To learn more about those see my Twitter Feed: @ukrokuchannels and, while you're there, maybe "Like" or "Retweet" some messages to help spread the word about Roku! ;-) :-)


Still, back to the list... which, as always, will help you to identify the very latest apps that have been added to Roku devices in the UK. Other websites offering Roku channel listings will base their contents on the Roku USA Channel Store, which means they also include apps that are unavailable to UK Roku users. So, like I've said before... if you really want to know what's available channel-wise, for owners of Roku devices in the UK, you need to be reading this blog each and every week! ;-) :-)


Before I run through the new channels, however, a reminder that UK Roku users are still subject to restrictions (imposed by Roku) and (bizarrely) remain unable to access the channel descriptions from the web store on the Roku (USA) website. That said, the majority of text in those web listings can also be found within the individual descriptions from the built-in "Channel Store" (accessed via "Streaming Channels" from the main menu) on all Roku devices and, together with the associated screenshots (where available), should give a pretty good indication of what those channels are about.


My advice to any UK-based readers of this blog is to ignore the links below (and to the left of) each channel icon shown here and (instead) rely on the link to the right (below each channel icon) which (where available) will redirect you to an 'Roku Guide' review for additional details on that channel. As it stands, the links below (and to the left of) each icon are (currently) only of use to readers of this blog from the USA. This means that Roku users from the other "supported" regions of the world (e.g. Ireland, Canada, France and Mexico) are, like those of us in the UK, unable to browse the Roku Web Channel Store - which for now (at least) remains an exclusive privilege of Roku users in the USA. :-(


Hopefully Roku will (one day) wake-up to the fact that improving the experience for users in "other" Roku "regions" is just as important as it is for those who buy & use their products in the U.S. and that denying access to the Roku website does not help the end-user experience for those of us (outside the USA) who wish to browse the web channel store. Meanwhile, that which Roku (apparently) doesn't want UK Roku users to see on their website (i.e. the list of new channels) is regularly summarised on this blog in my 'Weekly RoundUp' posts. So, without further ado, here's my 'Weekly RoundUp' of all new Roku channels released between 31st December 2017 and 6th January 2018:-







i24NEWS...................................................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "NEWS & WEATHER" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN RELEASED***






GO USA..................................................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "TRAVEL" in the Roku UK Channel Store WHEN FIRST RELEASED***






RICK RENNER.......................................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "RELIGIOUS" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN FIRST RELEASED***






TRAINS.....................................................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "KIDS & FAMILY" in the Roku UK Channel Store WHEN RELEASED***






FUGGET ABOUT IT................................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "COMEDY" in the Roku UK Channel Store WHEN FIRST RELEASED***






G4 BROADCASTING NETWORK.......................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "RELIGIOUS" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN FIRST RELEASED***






LETS BATTLE TV..................................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "SPORTS" in the Roku UK Channel Store WHEN FIRST RELEASED***






LEO THE TRUCK....................................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "KIDS & FAMILY" in the Roku UK Channel Store WHEN RELEASED***






LEO EL PEQUEÑO CAMIÓN.................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "KIDS & FAMILY" in the Roku UK Channel Store WHEN RELEASED***






DR. McWHEELIE....................................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "KIDS & FAMILY" in the Roku UK Channel Store WHEN RELEASED***






CATS DOGS AND PETS..........................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "SPECIAL INTEREST" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN RELEASED***






MI TERRUÑO - VENEZUELAN CUISIN.........................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "FOOD" in the Roku UK Channel Store WHEN FIRST RELEASED***






SUSPIRE TV ENTERTAINMENT........................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "FILM & TV" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN FIRST RELEASED***






CHRISTIAN FAITH CHANNEL...........................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "RELIGIOUS" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN FIRST RELEASED***






UNOFFICIAL SOMA FM PLAYER...................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "MUSIC" in the Roku UK Channel Store WHEN FIRST RELEASED***






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

***FILED UNDER: "RELIGIOUS" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN FIRST RELEASED***






CANADA'S TREASURES...........COST: £0.69 (ONE-OFF PAYMENT) [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "SCREENSAVERS" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN RELEASED***






ENGLANDS TREASURES..........COST: £0.69 (ONE-OFF PAYMENT) [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "SCREENSAVERS" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN RELEASED***






FRENCH TREASURES...............COST: £0.69 (ONE-OFF PAYMENT) [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "SCREENSAVERS" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN RELEASED***






PONGALO MOVIES......................................COST: £2.49 (MONTHLY) [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "INTERNATIONAL" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN RELEASED***






CHELMSFORD TELEMEDIA.................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "SPECIAL INTEREST" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN RELEASED***






SOUTH AMERICA......................COST: £0.69 (ONE-OFF PAYMENT) [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "SCREENSAVERS" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN RELEASED***






WESTERN MANIA TV...COST: FREE (n.b. may require additional fees) [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "FILM & TV" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN FIRST RELEASED***






JOE SCREWDRIVER'S NASA CHANNEL..........................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "SCI & TECH" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN FIRST RELEASED***






PACIFIC COAST TELEVISION..............................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "SPECIAL INTEREST" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN RELEASED***






EVTV LIVE............................................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "FILM & TV" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN FIRST RELEASED***






HOOPLAKIDZ RECIPES...................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "FOOD" in the Roku UK Channel Store WHEN FIRST RELEASED***






EUROCINEMA PREMIUM...........................COST: £2.49 (MONTHLY) [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "FILM & TV" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN FIRST RELEASED***






KOO KOO KANGA ROO........................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "KIDS & FAMILY" in the Roku UK Channel Store WHEN RELEASED***






KIDJO LITE..............................................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "KIDS & FAMILY" in the Roku UK Channel Store WHEN RELEASED***






SCOTLAND SCREENSAVER.....COST: £0.69 (ONE-OFF PAYMENT) [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "SCREENSAVERS" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN RELEASED***






IRELAND SCREENSAVER........COST: £0.69 (ONE-OFF PAYMENT) [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "SCREENSAVERS" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN RELEASED***






TWITCHED......................................COST: £0.69 (ONE-OFF PAYMENT) [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "WEB VIDEO" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN FIRST RELEASED***






COILBOOK INDONESIA........................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "KIDS & FAMILY" in the Roku UK Channel Store WHEN RELEASED***






FRUIT OF SUCCESS...............................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "SPECIAL INTEREST" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN RELEASED***






COILBOOK TURKEY..............................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "KIDS & FAMILY" in the Roku UK Channel Store WHEN RELEASED***






THE NINJA SIBLINGS...........................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "FITNESS" in the Roku UK Channel Store WHEN FIRST RELEASED***






TOWER OF HANOI FREE...................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "GAMES" in the Roku UK Channel Store WHEN FIRST RELEASED***






JELLYFISH SCREENSAVER......COST: £0.69 (ONE-OFF PAYMENT) [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "SCREENSAVERS" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN RELEASED***






CENTRAL AMERICA.................COST: £0.69 (ONE-OFF PAYMENT) [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "SCREENSAVERS" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN RELEASED***






COILBOOK GERMANY..........................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "KIDS & FAMILY" in the Roku UK Channel Store WHEN RELEASED***






MT CALVARY CHURCH......................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "RELIGIOUS" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN FIRST RELEASED***






VOICE OF ARMENIANS.....................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "INTERNATIONAL" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN RELEASED***






BUSINESS TV........................................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "INTERNATIONAL" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN RELEASED***






FRONTLINES TV...................................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "LIFESTYLE" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN FIRST RELEASED***






RESCATE TV..........................................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "LIFESTYLE" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN FIRST RELEASED***






VIRAL ADJACENT..................................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "KIDS & FAMILY" in the Roku UK Channel Store WHEN RELEASED***






MEMORY HOLE......................................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "KIDS & FAMILY" in the Roku UK Channel Store WHEN RELEASED***






AHL-E-BAIT TV.....................................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "RELIGIOUS" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN FIRST RELEASED***






VENEZUELA IPTV...............................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "INTERNATIONAL" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN RELEASED***






CLASSIC MOVIES AND TV................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "FILM & TV" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN FIRST RELEASED***






TIME MACHINE CHANNEL...............................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "FILM & TV" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN FIRST RELEASED***






BABY GOT LAUGHS..............................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "KIDS & FAMILY" in the Roku UK Channel Store WHEN RELEASED***






SU CASA CHURCH...............................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "RELIGIOUS" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN FIRST RELEASED***






ZION TV..................................................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "RELIGIOUS" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN FIRST RELEASED***






SILENCE TV WORLD..........................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "FILM & TV" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN FIRST RELEASED***






WESTERN LEGENDS..........................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "FILM & TV" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN FIRST RELEASED***






HARDCORE OUTDOORS TV.............................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "FILM & TV" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN FIRST RELEASED***






CENTRAL VALLEY TV...........................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "NEWS & WEATHER" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN RELEASED***






GBFIC.....................................................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "RELIGIOUS" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN FIRST RELEASED***






QUIK LEARNING...................................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "EDUCATIONAL" in the Roku UK Channel Store WHEN RELEASED***






CRYPTOCOIN CHANNEL - BITCOIN...................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "SPECIAL INTEREST" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN RELEASED***






THE KEY OF DAVID.............................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "RELIGIOUS" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN FIRST RELEASED***






THE TRUMPET DAILY.........................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "RELIGIOUS" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN FIRST RELEASED***






ALMAHDI TV........................................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "INTERNATIONAL" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN RELEASED***






SALAAM TV..........................................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "RELIGIOUS" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN FIRST RELEASED***



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Anyhow, like it or not, that is your lot this week and, while it barely amounts to three quarters of the eighty-six channels that made it into the "Official" Roku USA Channel Store in the same time-frame, it's better to get a choice of 66 NEW CHANNELS than none at all... as I'm sure you will agree!?! :-)


In any event, hopefully everyone in the UK with a Roku player managed to find something they like within the sixty-six "public" channels outlined above... or else from the "private" channels, whose access codes were "gifted" to you via the companion Twitter Feed: @ukrokuchannels to this blog, at various points throughout the past few weeks. However, if you didn't find anything to add to your Roku channel selection from the assortment of channels on offer this week, you can always pay us a visit another time when, with any luck, there will be something more to your liking. After all, 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!



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As mentioned previously, you can expect my usual summary of all the goings-on (or not) in the (severely restricted) Roku Channel Store (aka "App 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 earlier posts (as mentioned before) for all the new additions to the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store in each of the one hundred and seventy-eight 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 !!





1 comment:

  1. Excellent. Thanks for these channels as just got my Roku for Christmas and when I went to add a channel it says not available in your country

    But on your list what a difference nearly all work great

    Added you to my twitter for future reference

    Thanks again keep up the good work and will come back in seven days for the updates thanks

    P.s do you know any private channel codes which work in the UK

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