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Roku Free Ad-Supported Streaming Service Channel (App)

The new free Roku ad-supported channel App is now available to watch in the UK 😀.

 

Just watched a little bit of Zulu on my Roku Stick Plus and the picture looks pretty decent to me where according to this linked article below it says streaming quality up to 1080p 😆.

 

The article also mentions the Roku Free channel App will be available on NowTV Sticks, where i am assuming they also mean NowTV boxes has well.

 

Checked my NowTV Smart 4K box and the Roku Channel App is not currently available yet.

 

There is some interesting stuff to watch on there but don't expect the latest or greatest being a free service after all.

 

https://www.msn.com/en-us/finance/other/roku-e2-80-99s-free-ad-supported-streaming-service-is-coming... 

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schnapps
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@chai 

 

Just to let you know that the Roku channel App has just landed on my NowTV 4K Smart box 😁.

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ukbobboy
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@schnapps 

 

Hi Schnapps

 

Cheers for the info, I've just added the new Roku Channel to my R3 Streamer and hope to check out the channel's offerings fairly soon.

 

 

UK Bob

schnapps
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@chai 

 

Just to let you know that the Roku channel App has just landed on my NowTV 4K Smart box 😁.

chai
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@schnapps 

 

Thanks, Has appeared on my 4k box now.

Anonymous User
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Hi

I have 2 old black now tv boxes however the Roku channel is not listed in the app store.

 

My box supports Netflix ok. I am just wondering if the roku channel will be available for my boxes? 

 

If so will it be launched at later date?

 

Does anyone know ?

Thanks

schnapps
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Hi @Anonymous User 

 

The Roku App channel will be available on all NowTV branded devices apart from the first generation white NowTV boxes.

 

The App may take a day or so to be pushed out to all boxes.

 

Be patient and it will appear on your two NowTV Black boxes under the Apps Store.

 

Most of the content is B rated movies or old TV shows from the states.

 

Currently watching a Pink Floyd - Behind the Wall Music Documentary which is pretty good.

 

There is also a kids section, though they would need to be supervised when watching the App because they can easily jump back into the main home screen where there are things like horror movies etc.

 

Anonymous User
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Thanks for the reply.

 

I look fwd to the update and more choice for free. Happy days.

 

I also have a white box in my son's room which is good for the kids tv. But very outdated. No Netflix and no roku channel . Maybe time for an update.

 

Best wishes

huxley123
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The app appeared on my black box last night. Big selection of old films & TV, a lot of US stuff, but still plenty for me to find something to watch on it. e.g. some decent old Westerns.

 

I found my old white box became unusable so I bought a black box on eBay. Looks like lots of people were buying boxes with passes just to get the passes, I paid something like £8 delivered for one that was unused & parts still wrapped in cellophane,  just the box had been opened & pass removed.

ukbobboy
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@huxley123  @schnapps  @Anonymous User 

 

Hi Hux

 

You know, I guess that's why Now TV doesn't sell their devices with separate card passes anymore, the passes are now electronic and part of the devices.  Still, in the long run it will work out cheaper distributing electronic rather than paper passes.

 

Personally, I prefer the paper passes.

 

 

UK Bob 

 

 

huxley123
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Can anyone work out how to see what's on using the Roku Channel website?

I like to use a PC to make up some watch lists but the Roku website doesn't show the full selection of what's on. I can't even see a film category there.

schnapps
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Hi @huxley123 

 

The Roku App channel functionality is a bit basic to my liking and like you said there is no way to make a playlist or find different genres.

 

I suppose because it's free you can't expect a slick full featured App.

 

I haven't really looked in to this much but see if there is anything over on the Roku Community Forum that can offer you any tips.

 

The UK sales marketing blur that i have read on the internet says 10,000 TV shows & Movies (unless they meant in the US and not TV programmes but TV episodes).

 

This is extremely long winded but if you go into the Roku Channel App search feature and type in alphabetical order starting from A, then B, then C etc it does give a maximum 100 return hit results found, then if there is anything that takes your fancy make a note the old fashioned way with a pen & a some paper.

 

I am not complaining though because the App is free to use 😀.

 

Another Free App that is improving over time from its outset on the UK if you don't mind watching live TV is the Pluto TV App, where content quality on some channels are getting better 😀.

 

I am lucky and subscribe to NowTV  Entertainment & Cinema, Netflix &  Amazon Prime Video and there is plenty of stuff to watch.

 

Where there is not enough time in the day (even with the home lockdown) to watch everything i want too, so i will only occasionally dip into the free Roku channel App or Pluto TV App to see what's currently available to watch.

 

 

 

 

huxley123
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It's the website I was having even more difficulty navigating.

 

https://www.roku.com/en-gb/whats-on/the-roku-channel

 

The app on my black box is similar to other free channels, with some categories which help a bit. I think the app remembers previous searches which also helps.

 

I watched an old John Wayne film on it last night. Only a couple of advert breaks with two ads in each, so not too intrusive.

 

It's a welcome addition to Now TV for me, another browse through last night found a few more things I'll watch. Just a pity there was no way to save favourites. That's why I was going to use the website as I thought it would be easier on the PC and make a list, but the What's On section of the website hardly shows anything.

ukbobboy
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@schnapps 

 

Hey Schnapps

 

Here's something from a totally different topic and it's about how this forum page works.

 

I remember when this new-style forum page was introduced there was a second line of facilities under the Subject heading, such as mini-smilies and other stuff I now cannot remember, that now seems to be inaccessible or just completely deleted.

 

Can that second line of facilities be accessed and if so how?

 

I know this question is "out left field" but it's bugged me for some time.

 

 

UK Bob

schnapps
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Hi @ukbobboy 

 

Do you mean the additional tools when replying to a post on the forum like in my screen shot below or have i misunderstood what you are after ?

 

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ukbobboy
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@schnapps 

 

Hi again

 

Yes Schnapps, that is it, that second line of tools, where is it hidden?

 

 

UK Bob

schnapps
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Hi @ukbobboy 

 

I use MS Edge internet browser on a Android Tablet.

 

For me when you are in landscape mode on my tablet (doesn't work in portrait mode) on the first row of tools on the far right there is three horizontal dots and if you click on the three dots the second layer tool bar appears on my screen 😀.

 

Don't know if it's the same principle on other devices and other Internet browsers when using the NowTV Community Forum when replying.

ukbobboy
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@schnapps 

 

 

Naw Schnapps

 

No dots, no tools, no nothing.

 

Could be something unique to MS Edge.

 

 

UK Bob

schnapps
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Hi @ukbobboy 

 

I have just tried Fire Fox on my Android tablet and also get the three horizontal small dots at the far right on the tool task bar in landscape mode.

 

Maybe it's only available on Android mobile devices ?

 

I have Windows 10 Tablet and when i use it next time i will see if i can get the additional tools and report back either later today or sometime tomorrow of my findings.

 

Unfortunately i don't own a PC anymore to check.

 

commanda6
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@schnapps wrote:

 

 

Unfortunately i don't own a PC anymore to check.

 


@schnapps after ends the lockdown, get a PC you will 😁

 

I could not stop myself from using Yoda speak😀


I do not work for Now . I am simply a Now customer trying to help I am a Community Contributor This means that I know a lot about the service. But just like you I am still a customer. This means I cannot help you with issues that would involve looking into your account directly. A member of the now TV forum team or live chat will need to assist you with these issues.
huxley123
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I can see them on my Windows 7 PC running latest Firefox version 75.0

ukbobboy
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@schnapps 

 

Hi Schnapps

 

No worries, I just thought that second line of tools would be a "nice to have" but if it's not available to the rest of us then it's no biggie.

 

Listening to some very old school tunes that use to be around when I was a young teen, some 50 years ago. Who would have thought that it would be no big deal to pick up music from "way back when" in the 21st century.

 

Plan to listen and type until 4.00pm, when House MD starts on channel 30.

 

Later

 

UK Bob