Good idea to email Roku.
However, NOW TV should supply all those with the white old boxes with devicew for free.
Providing the serial numbers which are located underneath the white boxes not the 'ten pound off for a new NOW TV stick' option.
I have a sky plus satellite box from around the year 2005 which still works as a freesat box.
Unlike this situation where they want us to pay more money because they choose to brick the device completely obviously shows what type of company they are.
Roku replied saying 'The white NOW TV Box was an old device based on one of Roku’s own legacy units that had already been retired. Whilst NOW TV and ourselves collectively tried to keep this model running for as long as we could, a number of the various channel partners started withdrawing support as it was becoming harder within each firmware release to maintain the performance of the listed channel apps.'
Roku got their app on the Now Box so maybe that was the sweetner. People like the BBC would have loved to let us keep on watching. Apart from being only 720p it is far more stable than the problematic stick successor.
My contract runs out in 10 days or so and I have cancelled. They offered 1 month sport at £20 but honestly, even if it was 3 months at £10 it would have been difficult to stomach the arson mission they accomplished.
I have a Now Stick I had just retired, it needing 6 heatsinks pinning to the plastic to be usable in 1080p. It will be more than difficult to tempt me back.