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New Channels on Roku

Postby jotega » Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:52 pm

Two new channels, DREAM TV and SMUG TV on ROKU today. Has anyone seen them. If not on the home channel update your ROKU manually.
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Postby trksh22 » Fri Jan 29, 2010 6:23 pm

Cool thanks. They were already in my channel store when I checked. Haven't messed around with the channel so I don't know what they are/do.
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Postby dougrb » Fri Jan 29, 2010 6:28 pm

Tried a couple different shows on Dream TV. Constant re-buffering :<
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Postby jcmolet » Fri Jan 29, 2010 7:24 pm

dougrb wrote:Tried a couple different shows on Dream TV. Constant re-buffering :<


No issues here. Is it possible that the buffering is related to your connection speed?
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Postby robertm » Fri Jan 29, 2010 8:29 pm

They aren't porn are they?
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Postby dougrb » Fri Jan 29, 2010 8:35 pm

robertm wrote:They aren't porn are they?


Try out the "Chess News" channel.
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Postby kc8pql » Fri Jan 29, 2010 9:45 pm

robertm wrote:They aren't porn are they?

Far from it. Both just came out of beta. Dream is international programing and Smugmug is high quality photography.
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Postby BoloMKXXVIII » Sat Jan 30, 2010 5:25 am

DreamTV constantly buffers. No problem playing HD content in Netflix. I suspect it will be like Mediafly when it first started. They will have to upgrade to meet the new demand.

While I appreciate the new channels I am a bit disappointed that Roku hasn't added any other 1st tier channels. I would love to see channels like Discovery, TNT or Disney show up on the Roku. They would of course have to be pay channels but so what? I would gladly pay a monthly fee to have access to Discovery content without having to pay for cable or Direct TV.
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Postby Village Idiot » Sat Jan 30, 2010 5:52 am

All i saw was some sort of arab stuff.
No thanks not interested in that at all.
I sure hope ROKU comes up with better then that.
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Postby jotega » Sat Jan 30, 2010 6:08 am

BoloMKXXVIII wrote:DreamTV constantly buffers. No problem playing HD content in Netflix. I suspect it will be like Mediafly when it first started. They will have to upgrade to meet the new demand.

While I appreciate the new channels I am a bit disappointed that Roku hasn't added any other 1st tier channels. I would love to see channels like Discovery, TNT or Disney show up on the Roku. They would of course have to be pay channels but so what? I would gladly pay a monthly fee to have access to Discovery content without having to pay for cable or Direct TV.
I tell you the truth some time ago posted a similar thread and don't know if disappointed is the word,but I to feel a let down so far Netflix is the ace in the hole. A bout the other content Discovery and Disney offer a good amount of entertainment through Netflix for the base amount.
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Postby senorgregster » Sat Jan 30, 2010 6:49 am

Village Idiot wrote:All i saw was some sort of arab stuff.
No thanks not interested in that at all.
I sure hope ROKU comes up with better then that.


Smugmug is very well done. Good for people who have or know people who have accounts so they can see photos on their TV. Also good for amateur photographers to get ideas on a subject.

DreamTV. Not for everyone (including me) but it's certainly not limited to Arab material - not that there is anything wrong with that.
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Postby ProdigiousJuggalo » Sat Jan 30, 2010 7:44 am

Village Idiot wrote:All i saw was some sort of arab stuff.
No thanks not interested in that at all.
I sure hope ROKU comes up with better then that.


Just to note, Roku doesn't come up with these channels, but rather independent developers do.

Personally, I've already found that I enjoy some of the content on both the DreamTV and SmugMug channels. I understand that it isn't for everyone.

I appreciate the hard work these folks put into creating a channel, using the SDK that Roku has provided, and I hope that this hard work brings many, many, more people, who have access to content, to be willing to follow the leader and share it with the Roku community.

Yup,
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Postby jcmolet » Sat Jan 30, 2010 7:57 am

senorgregster wrote:
Village Idiot wrote:All i saw was some sort of arab stuff.
No thanks not interested in that at all.
I sure hope ROKU comes up with better then that.


Smugmug is very well done. Good for people who have or know people who have accounts so they can see photos on their TV. Also good for amateur photographers to get ideas on a subject.

DreamTV. Not for everyone (including me) but it's certainly not limited to Arab material - not that there is anything wrong with that.


Agreed. In fact, it is probably a good thing to get more varied content.

While I wouldn't call DreamTV premium content, it certainly isn't terrible. I have watched a few of the interviews on Vator.TV - in the Technology section - and they are fairly well produced with some interesting guests. I thought the one with Guy Kawasaki, a well known venture capitalist, was pretty good.

I think everyone is hopeful that Roku is able to land providers such as Showtime, Disney, etc. and I have no doubt they are working toward that end. However, I think it is great that they are mixing the likes of Netflix, MLB and Amazon with stuff like Blip.TV and DreamTV.

Roku's CEO Anthony Wood has stated that they plan to have ~100 channels by year end. There are currently 15 channels in the store, which means they will be adding an average of 7.7 channels a month between now and the end of the year. My guess is that most of those will be more similar to DreamTV than Netflix. However, it is almost certain that channels that most consider "premium" will be sprinkled in the mix. At the end of the day a lot of people will not care for channels like DreamTV; however, a fair number will.
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Postby mega1026 » Sat Jan 30, 2010 8:02 am

haha... arab stuff....


now i can cancel my subscription to ArabStuffTv
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Postby Village Idiot » Sat Jan 30, 2010 8:40 am

http://www.dreams.tv/english/
seriously all i got when i went there was a screen saying skip inro.
OK i skipped intro and it went 100% arab on me.
If you guys are finding something other then arab on dreamtv post a link.
I'm not knocking an arab channel.
its just not what i was thinking the 100 new channels were going to be.
I was hoping for something like HBO, HULU, Major Network, History Channel, Discovery, SciFi channel, something like that.
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