Has anyone actually tried this channel? Does it function like a web browser? Can you watch videos from various sites? Would appreciate input from users out there. Appreciated.
Wouldn't support flash regardless, because it would require adobe to produce a plugin for Roku. Adobe pretty much stopped production on Flash for mobile devices (and is not adding new devices to be supported).
There is one way a channel "could' play videos from a web site that uses Flash. That is they "could" use the same technique that Plex uses for their "Watch Later" and many of the Plex channels. Have a server, usually needs to be fairly powerful, that transcodes the videos on the fly.
This approach "could" work but combining that with displaying modern web pages in a remotely readable and usable format would make designing a usable web browser for the Roku a quite daunting task and the programmer(s) that solve (or have solved) it well deserve pretty good compensation.
Having said all that even if this works I would have no interest in it. I can play everything I want to play on my TV through many of the devices (sometimes augmented with Plex's capabilities) I have hooked up and I have zero desire to actually browse the web on my TV. My TV is better used for the playing of video and my computer monitor is plenty large at 32 inches.
If this is a true web browser that works even just OK then it has value for many BUT $4.99/month seems way too high just to browse the web.