How do you search the channel store?

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How do you search the channel store?

Postby oaomcg » Sun Jun 03, 2012 5:07 pm

Am i missing something? Why don't I see any way to search the channel store on my Roku or on the website?

Also how do I add channels from the website? All I see is the name and the description with no option to add it to my device?
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Re: How do you search the channel store?

Postby knuckle » Mon Jun 04, 2012 2:59 am

Hi oaomcg ---------------

if you go to the channel store on your roku the top row are the channels you have installed and below that are the rest of the available channels (you should see them categorized and there should be a lot of them) to add a channel just highlight and click ok .If you don't see row upon row of choices post back,you may have a problem.

to add a private channel (those channels not in the channel store) from your computer go to https://owner.roku.com/Add and enter the code or (and this is one of the best sites of its kind) go to http://catastrophegirlsrokuchanneldata.blogspot.com/ you will find channels categorized with add links and descriptions (she really does a awesome job) you must be signed into your roku account to add a channel.

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Re: How do you search the channel store?

Postby DBDukes » Mon Jun 04, 2012 3:17 am

If you want to key in a search term and see what channels meet that search criteria, then I think you're out of luck.

However, you can sort of search for channels by going to the Roku Website, then clicking What's On, then click All Channels.

From there, you can use the Find capability of your browser (usually CTRL-F) and type in the term.

Note that this will be an exact search only. Also, it is only as up-to-date as the Website. I suspect that channels are added to the store before they're listed on the Website, and if so, I don't know how much of a delay there might be.
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Re: How do you search the channel store?

Postby oaomcg » Mon Jun 04, 2012 5:03 pm

it blows my mind that there isn't a search...
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Re: How do you search the channel store?

Postby socantra » Mon Jun 04, 2012 5:08 pm

oaomcg wrote:it blows my mind that there isn't a search...

Ineresting. You're one of the few I've seen complain about it. Not a bad idea, but it doesn't seem to have been a major concern. :shock:
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Re: How do you search the channel store?

Postby mikebdoss » Mon Jun 04, 2012 5:32 pm

socantra wrote:
oaomcg wrote:it blows my mind that there isn't a search...

Ineresting. You're one of the few I've seen complain about it. Not a bad idea, but it doesn't seem to have been a major concern. :shock:


Up until very recently, there haven't been enough channels to really justify a search (especially since entering text on the Roku is annoying). I've never found the categories in the channel store to be so extensive that I can't dig through them easily, so the lack of search hasn't been a problem.

I do agree that it would be nice to be able to use the website to click and add channels to our accounts, but that hasn't happened yet.
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Re: How do you search the channel store?

Postby catastrophegirl » Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:54 pm

i see people asking on twitter and facebook for a way to search the channel store all the time. it's one of the things that inspired me to move my list from a static word document to a filterable, searchable list last fall. it's definitely getting to be enough channels in the channel store that being able to search by name would be useful when people are seeking something specific
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Re: How do you search the channel store?

Postby RokuShawnS » Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:24 pm

I'll add this to my weekly report as a feature request. It's definitely worth looking at. No guarantees it'll happen though.

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Re: How do you search the channel store?

Postby castalla » Tue Jun 05, 2012 1:32 am

Zero priority for me - I'd rather time was spent on implementing a software/remote MUTE feature. or some way of equalising volume level across channels!!!!
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Re: How do you search the channel store?

Postby kc8pql » Tue Jun 05, 2012 5:59 am

castalla wrote:Zero priority for me - I'd rather time was spent on implementing a software/remote MUTE feature. or some way of equalising volume level across channels!!!!

I don't think that's possible. The box doesn't have an amp. I believe it just passes through the line level from the source like a DVD player.
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Re: How do you search the channel store?

Postby tensen » Tue Jun 05, 2012 6:50 am

socantra wrote:
oaomcg wrote:it blows my mind that there isn't a search...

Ineresting. You're one of the few I've seen complain about it. Not a bad idea, but it doesn't seem to have been a major concern. :shock:


Nah, I put in a feature request for it a while ago. And an alphabetical sort.
It was more of a concern to me when I had a Roku 1, but would still be useful.
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Re: How do you search the channel store?

Postby gonzotek » Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:51 am

I think Searching/Filtering/Sorting channel store entries would be an immense improvement for those users frequently looking for new channels & especially the 3rd party developers that bring so much value to the Roku platform. I was hoping it was already possible on the Roku Remote app for iphone/android, but while it can filter apps by cost (paid vs. free), there are no further ways to narrow a given genre list(e.g. 'News & Weather') such as a search function or sorting options.
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Re: How do you search the channel store?

Postby Schmye Bubbula » Tue Jun 05, 2012 9:43 am

I found Google "site searches" at least partially useful, e.g.,...

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"angry birds" site:http://www.roku.com/roku-channel-store

(Putting your search term within quotation marks forces Google to treat it as a phrase.)
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Re: How do you search the channel store?

Postby mikebdoss » Tue Jun 05, 2012 9:47 am

Schmye Bubbula wrote:I found Google "site searches" at least partially useful, e.g.,...

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"angry birds" site:http://www.roku.com/roku-channel-store

(Putting your search term within quotation marks forces Google to treat it as a phrase.)


That searches the website, but it doesn't let you search the channel store on the Roku.
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Re: How do you search the channel store?

Postby mommom » Tue Jun 05, 2012 11:19 am

I usually use the website http://streamfree.tv/apps/ which is searchable because my laptop is usually open while I watch tv.You can add channels from there.
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