Thursday, 20 June 2013

Roku Private Channels

By on 5:02 pm


So, you've bought your new Roku and have already searched through all the free and paid options as regards to channels. You now find yourself realizing that there are channels that you wanted but there are no options to purchase them. What do you do? Do you just give up on these channels? No, there is a way you can access these private channels on the Roku thereby significantly enhancing your overall set top box experience.
Firstly, what are private channels? Private channels are basically channels that Roku have not reviewed and approved so as to be listed in the Roku channel store. Roku currently offers about 700 channels, so even without the private channels you will not be struggling for content. However, if you do see a channel you like, then to install it on the Roku you would first need the channel code. You can get a huge list of channel codes by clicking here. Once you have the code, simply navigate to the Roku website and login. Then, click manage account and  add a private channel and you will have the option to enter the code you acquired previously. That channel's app will then be downloaded to your Roku and you will now be able to view its content.
It should be noted that many of the private channels are run by independent developers, so your viewing experience may not be as crisp as some of the officially approved Roku channels. Additionally, these channels do sometimes get terminated by the developers. Therefore, it is up to you to choose wisely in this regard.
In conclusion I would like to say that the Roku really is a great device for those wishing to end their dependence on network television. The flexibility it offers is unmatched in my opinion and as it is constantly adding new channels to the channel store, its ratings are definitely only going to increase.

About Frank Cern

I have been involved with technology for many years and I love to blog about the newest tech related issues.