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Is there any free content?

Postby mm137 » Sun Mar 17, 2013 8:01 pm

I got a Roku figuring I would watch some of the free content and, occasionally, a Netflix movie. I expected to at least get Hulu. But so far as I can tell, there is next to nothing. No Hulu, only Hulu plus for something like $9 a month. Some audio only news stuff. Crackle, which seems to specialize in the spectacularly obscure. Some NBC news stories.

Am I missing something?

Also, is there anyplace I can get an overview of how this works.
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Re: Is there any free content?

Postby trekkeriii » Sun Mar 17, 2013 8:09 pm

mm137 wrote:I got a Roku figuring I would watch some of the free content and, occasionally, a Netflix movie. I expected to at least get Hulu. But so far as I can tell, there is next to nothing. No Hulu, only Hulu plus for something like $9 a month. Some audio only news stuff. Crackle, which seems to specialize in the spectacularly obscure. Some NBC news stories.

Am I missing something?

Also, is there anyplace I can get an overview of how this works.


There's plenty of free content, but most of it is not mainstream content, it's "Alternative" Media. You're going to pay for the mainstream stuff if you want it, especially the higher profile movies and TV shows, you'll need to purchase/rent via Amazon, Blockbuster or Vudu. NoWhereTV has some free mainstream stuff, but not high profile. Netflix, Crackle (free), Hulu Plus, Amazon, Vudu, and Blockbuster are the only channels that stream mainstream.

Here's the code for NoWhereTV:
https://owner.roku.com/Add/H9DWC

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Re: Is there any free content?

Postby Ing5 » Sun Mar 17, 2013 8:23 pm

mm137 wrote:I got a Roku figuring I would watch some of the free content and, occasionally, a Netflix movie. I expected to at least get Hulu.


Hulu is not available on any STB (set top box). That is a Hulu decision, not Roku.
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Re: Is there any free content?

Postby mm137 » Sun Mar 17, 2013 8:51 pm

I don't expect to get the same content as cable. I expected to be able to get things like old TV series and some more recent stuff (like Hulu, which it seems is not to be).

Can someone tell me what the following information means? Or, to repeat my earlier request, is there somewhere I can get an overview of how to use Roku?
Here's the code for NoWhereTV:
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Re: Is there any free content?

Postby trekkeriii » Sun Mar 17, 2013 9:22 pm

mm137 wrote:I don't expect to get the same content as cable. I expected to be able to get things like old TV series and some more recent stuff (like Hulu, which it seems is not to be).

Can someone tell me what the following information means? Or, to repeat my earlier request, is there somewhere I can get an overview of how to use Roku?
Here's the code for NoWhereTV:
https://owner.roku.com/Add/H9DWC


When you linked your Roku, you should have created a username and password. You can go onto http://owner.roku.com/Add and add "Private" channels, which are not listed in the Channel Store on Roku. You have to have the Channel "Code". Streamfree.tv is a 3rd party website that lists Private channels.
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Re: Is there any free content?

Postby Medsport » Mon Mar 18, 2013 3:42 am

I'm in the same boat as the OP. He should have read my thread.
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Re: Is there any free content?

Postby Basil » Mon Mar 18, 2013 6:28 am

Medsport wrote:I'm in the same boat as the OP. He should have read my thread.

This one? Or this one?
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Re: Is there any free content?

Postby mm137 » Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:11 am

Thanks to Basil for providing the link that Medsport forgot to include. Assuming that I am "OP" (original poster?), I did read the "not happy" thread. Not much help. I am not expecting to get the latest episodes of current series for free, I would only like to be able to get *something* for the few hours a month I watch TV, without shelling out for an overkill cable package.
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Re: Is there any free content?

Postby mm137 » Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:17 am

Thanks, trekkeriii; I will try that.
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Re: Is there any free content?

Postby mm137 » Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:45 am

OK, I think I am starting to get the idea. I log on to my account, go to the bottom of my screen, and click on "see all channels". Browse through the possibilities, find something that *might* be interesting, click on "details" then "read more". If is says "free", check the fine print, especially looking for the tiny "additional charges may apply" under "add channel". Does anyone have additional suggestions?

Some questions:

It would be nice if the "details" gave more info than just a blurb. Is there a way to find out more, other than trial and error?

Is there a way to remove a channel if I decide that there is no there there?

Is there a way to search out "private content"?

And, rhetorically, why is there no simple overview for new users?
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Re: Is there any free content?

Postby Basil » Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:49 am

mm137:
Try going to the Channel Store page on the Website. Yes, you can use the device, but the Website is, for me, quicker to find and add channels.

Click on the "Details" for a channel that looks interesting. You'll see something along the line of this:
Amazon Instant Video

Categories: Featured, Most Watched, Movies & TV
Free

Browse, purchase and instantly watch over 100,000 movies & TV shows on your TV with Amazon Instant Video. Enjoy new release movies and the latest TV shows in HD. Now Amazon Prime members get unlimited access to 11,000 videos at no additional cost.

Read more

* * * * . 22586 ratings
[+ Add Channel]

SERVICE MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL FEES

As you can see, you have the details broken out into the following areas:
  • Name of the channel
  • Categories
  • Cost (this is the cost of installing the channel, not the cost of any services associated with the channel)
  • Description
  • Link to more information on the channel (farther down the same page)
  • User ratings
  • Button to add the channel to your Roku. Note that you must be logged in to your Roku account for this to work. The channel will appear and fully load the next time you enter/exit the Channel Store on your Roku (on older interfaces, pre-5.0/Roku 3), or request an update (all interfaces). It will also appear after nightly refresh.
  • Notice of additional fees will show if there is a subscription or other costs associated with the channel. This is what you are specifically looking for.
Here's an example of one with no fees or costs associated:
Pub-D-Hub

Categories: Movies & TV
Free

The Pub-D-Hub Channel brings the public domain to your living room offering you classic films, trailers, tv shows, cartoons, radio & more from the 1930s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s.

Read more

****. 2068 ratings
[+ Add Channel]

Now keep in mind that some free channels offer a "premium" version of their service. This particular one is free, but offers a premium version. Since the free version is exactly that -- a free version and not just a trial version -- there is no notification of additional fees, though you can expand this service (and some other services) by paying a yearly fee.

Many of the free ones, though, are strictly free. You will find lots of them ad-supported, though there are lots that don't have commercials. For the ad-supported ones, I've found that it's common for them to show an ad every 10 minutes or so. I'm specifically thinking of Crackle, and a few other free movie channels I've installed. Others may offer suggestions of other channels, but the best thing is to try them out yourself.

Finally, not trying to overload you, but there are also Websites that offer information about private channels. Roku is not affiliated with any of them, even if the URL contains "roku" (along the line of "awholebunchoffreerokuchannels.com"). Roku also doesn't officially support private channels. Read that last sentence again. And again. If you use a private channel and it doesn't work like you expect, don't expect help from Roku. Other users here will help if they can, but if Roku won't respond about it, don't get all huffy with them. If they supported it, it would be in the Channel Store.

Having said that, there are some really good private channels. You can search some of the Websites that offer information about them for details. A couple of good ones are http://catastrophegirlsrokuchanneldata.blogspot.com/ and http://streamfree.tv/roku/private-channels/. There are other listings, but in two-plus years of doing the Roku thing, I've always come back to these two sites.

Happy viewing.
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Re: Is there any free content?

Postby Basil » Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:50 am

Well, heck. You got it all figured out while I was composing that epistle.
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Re: Is there any free content?

Postby mm137 » Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:39 am

Thanks, Basil; this is what I was looking for. I figured out some of this, but I am sure I will refer to your post as I figure out more.
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