. . . it really makes your main web site guilty of false advertising about the product. Because you can't choose from 1,000's of internet radio stations. From the main Roku web site......
"Listen to 1000's of FREE Internet radio stations from around the world - one-touch access to talk, jazz, rock, pop or your old home town favorite! You do not need a computer to listen to internet radio; you just need broadband and a Wi-Fi home network."
If that's false advertising then your electric company is guilty of same when there's a blackout, your phone, cable, or satellite company is guilty when their service goes dark, your car company when your vehicle is in the shop, a store when they run out of advertised product, any company when any product is defective or breaks, et cetera
Of course, as you yourself point out:
Well right now I can only listen to 18 without a real hassle.
You still have access to internet radio.
Roku should be embarrassed as a company to sell a product and not be able to either give the user total control of the product that they paid for. Or run a stable server on a stable host to support the product that you sold the customer. I sure wish I could get my money back at this point. I feel like a paid for a product that half of it sorta works some of the time.
You don't have total control of the computer system you're running, nor the TV system you're using. I'd imagine that you also lack total control over your home.
If you purchased your unit directly from Roku you have thirty days to return it.
Next time, I'll get a Tivoli audio Net Works. At least I'll know it works as advertised.
Maybe it won't. You could get a bum unit, or you may have to wait for your desired station. In fact, it may not even be available: internet radio is restricted to stations approved by Tivoli. If you want to listen to a "new" station you have to send it to Tivoli and hope it gets approved; without their approval you cannot listen to a station. You also need to wait for it to be approved and then perform a (seeming simple) firmware update. And if you like AM radio (which, admittedly, you may not) then the NetWorks just won't do.