Hmm I'd subscribed to (but barely used) USTVNow's DVR plan the past few years, and cancelled it just the other month (already have YTTV, DTVN, Sling, etc, and re-evaluating Vue). Had recently removed their Roku channel so didn't know about this incident, but it's too bad...
Not saying Roku is at fault in this case, but got me thinking. With rights owners increasingly pressuring and suing Roku (such that Roku is permanently banned
in Mexico, for example), I think we'll continue to see Roku implementing more and more restrictions on private channels and pre-emptive
bans. There are even restrictions on sideloaded channel now.
What's more Roku has been diversifying into licensing content directly (such as for The Roku Channel) and offering their services on other platforms (such as Samsung TV's in the near future). Those licensing terms probably add even more pressure for Roku to proactively curate private channels...
This is perhaps a consequence of the hyper-vetting of the private channel marketplace that began in earnest after the Roku IPO. It's understandable, given the sleazy, piratical nature of some of the content scraping that was occurring among some of the private channels. This stuff was barely skirting copyright law. Heck, now that Roku is public, they have to be more diligent in this regard, as they might have legal exposure to lawsuits. They don't want the SEC and the FTC after them.