cangel0612 wrote:TheEndless wrote:QuantumIguana wrote:No, the private channels are not distributed through the channel store. You do have to add them through the Roku web page, but they are not distributed through the channel store. Buying a device and then being told you can't run this or that software is like buying a car and being forbidden from driving to certain destinations.
You are incorrect. Private channels are distributed through the channel store, they're just not visible without explicitly adding them to your account.
And Roku is not telling you what you can or can't run on your Roku, they are telling you that you can't get it through their distribution channel. If you get the source code, or want to write your own, you're more than welcome to sideload the channel yourself. Furthermore, they're not removing it from any devices it's already installed on, they're just no longer allowing it to be hosted and installed by their service.
Is that true? Could someone post a PlayOn source code and it be used by Roku users? If Roku wouldn't put a stop to this, then why hasn't anyone done this?
Yes, it's true. All you need to do is put your box into development mode (instructions for doing so are in the SDK, which is freely available to anyone) and then you can load anything you want onto the box. You just need to get your hands on the source code package. Perhaps one of the developers of the two channels could host it on github or some other code repository (hint, hint).