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Quick Start: How to Create a Roku Channel in 5 Minutes

 

The following steps will guide you through the process of building a Roku "Custom SDK" channel. Sample video content and poster image URLs are provided, but feel free to substitute URLs for your own videos and posters if you wish.


Prerequisites:
  1. An Instant TV Channel account.
  2. A Roku Developer Account at http://developer.roku.com.
  3. A Roku device connected to a TV set or computer monitor, or a TV set with a built-in Roku device.

Step-by-Step Directions:

  1. Log into your Instant TV Channel account.
  2. From the menu along the left side of the page, select Channels.

    If this is a new account, you will already have a brand new channel waiting to be filled with content.

    If you want to start fresh, click the New Channel button at the bottom of the channel list. Select a channel type of SceneGraph then click the Confirm button. If you are watching the video for this walk-through, it incorrectly shows the Classic channel type. Use the SceneGraph channel type instead.

    Your new Roku channel is at the bottom of your channel list, and should be highlighted in yellow.

  3. From the menu along the left side of the page, select Theme.

    This is the Theme Editor. It allows you to change the look and feel of your Roku channel. For now, we'll just be changing the title. In the top parameter box, change "My Channel" to the name you want your new channel to have, for example "My Quick Channel".

  4. From the menu along the left side of the page, select Content.

    This is the Content Editor. It allows you to change the details of individual video or audio content items. It also lets you add new content items, and move, copy, or delete existing content items.

    Notice the Content Editor Help shown in the window along the right side of the page. This window often contains useful information about how to use the current page.

    The content "tree" shown in the upper left window is a visual representation of your Roku channel's layout. Each list and content item is shown here. Clicking any item causes the details of that item to be shown in the lower detail window, and any poster artwork associated with the item is shown in the upper right poster window. Clicking the + symbol next to a list, series , grid , or grid-row expands it to show the content item(s) it contains.

    There is only one content item currently in the channel . Let's change some of the information for that content item.

    1. In the parameter box labeled Title, replace "New Video or Audio" with "Plan 9 From Outer Space".
    2. In the parameter box labeled Description, replace the default text with "Worst Movie Ever Made!"
    3. In the parameter box labeled PosterURL, replace the default URL with http://ex.irchan.com/plan9/detail_hd.png

      The PosterURL points to the image (stored on a web server, S3 bucket, or other image storage service) that will be displayed in the content item's detail screen, after it has been selected on the Roku device. The detail screen is often referred to as the Springboard screen in Roku's SDK documentation.


    Example "PosterUrl" poster on a "Springboard" screen.


    1. Scroll the parameter list down to the Stream 1 URL parameter box that contains the default "https://cdn2.instanttvchannel.com/plan9/plan9_xmp4" URL. This long URL points to the video content stream (stored on a web server, content delivery network, or online video provider) that will be played when this item is selected on the Roku device.
    2. Scroll further down to the parameter box labeled ShortDescriptionLine2, and change "Created with www.InstantTvChannel.com" to "My Favorite Movie".

      The ShortDescriptionLine1 and ShortDescriptionLine2 parameters contain the text that is displayed below the poster for the content item at the top level or parent-list of your channel, before the content item is selected on the Roku device.


    Example "Short Description Line 1" & "Short Description Line 2" on a "Horizontal List" screen.


    1. Scroll the parameter list down a little bit more to ListPosterURL, and change the default URL to http://ex.irchan.com/plan9/list_hd.png

      The ListPosterURL points to the image (stored on a web server, S3 bucket, or other image storage service) that will be displayed for the content item at the top level or parent-list of your Roku channel, before the content item is selected on the device.


    Example "ListPosterUrl" posters (3 shown, 1 highlighted) on a "Horizontal List" screen.


    We have been using image URLs that point to specifically-sized .png files for each image that the content item might display. Using images that are sized to the exact requirements of the Roku device allows the channel to load faster. It is possible to use images of other sizes at the cost of slower load times. The recommended image size is always shown in the description next to the image URL parameters in the Content Editor. PNG, JPG and GIF images are supported.

  5. Now we're ready to package your Roku channel.

    From the menu along the left side of the page, select Channels.

    Click on the row containing the channel to be packaged.

    In the same row as the new channel there is a Package button with a red box around it.

    1. Click the Package button in the channel's row.
    2. Click the Confirm Package button.
    3. After the channel has been packaged, a DOWNLOAD PKG link is displayed. Click on the DOWNLOAD PKG link and save the file somewhere on your computer. You will need to upload it to your Roku Developer Account in a later step.

    The Pkg file contains the script that will be loaded from Roku's servers onto any Roku device that installs your channel.

  6. Before uploading the channel Pkg file to your Roku Developer Account, you'll need to have the Channel Store poster. This is the artwork that is displayed in the Channel Store to represent your channel. The size of the Channel Store poster is exactly pixels wide and pixels high.

    Use the following link to download a sample Channel Store poster from Instant TV Channel and save it to your computer:

    http://ex.irchan.com/samples/channel-store-fhd-bxjpg
  7. Now we will upload the Pkg file for your new channel to your Roku Developer Account.

    1. Log into your Roku Account at https://my.roku.com
    2. Click the circle icon in the upper right corner and then select Developers.

    Click the circle icon.



    Select "Developers".


    1. Click the Dashboard link to advance to the "Developer Dashboard" page.

    Click the "Dashboard" link.


    1. Under "My Channels", click the Manage My Channels link to advance to the "Manage Channels" page.

    Click "Manage My Channels".


    1. Click the Add Channel button.

    Click the "Add Channel" button.


    1. Select the Developer SDK option. This will create a Custom SDK channel.

      (The Direct Publisher option can also be used with Instant TV Channel, and is covered in a different walk-through. The Direct Publisher option does not yet provide as many features as the Custom SDK / Developer SDK option does.)

    2. Select the Non-certified or Private option. Be careful not to accidentally select the Public option, which is only used to submit fully tested channels to Roku for the Channel Store review and approval process.
    3. Enter your channel's name into the Channel Name text box.
    4. Click the Save or Continue button to advance to the "Properties" page.

    Select the "Developer SDK" & "Non-certified" options, and enter your channel's name.


    1. Select the Channel Store Regions for which you have the rights to distribute your channel's content. If your content has no regional licensing restrictions, it is OK to select all of the Regions.

    Select the Channel Store Regions.


    1. Enter a Vanity Access Code. This is usually one or two words, with no spaces, that identifies your channel. Write down this code, you'll need it to install the channel later on.

    Enter a "Vanity Access Code".


    1. For most channels the remaining settings on this page should be unchanged. If present, do not change any of the Required Features options, as this may prevent your channel from being available for certain models of Roku devices.
    2. Click the Save or Continue button to advance to the "Channel Store Info" page.
    3. Provide a Description, Web Description, and (if present) Keywords.

      For example:
         Channel Description - A great movie channel.
         Web Description - A great movie channel providing a wonderful selection of exciting movies.
         Keywords (if present) - film

    4. Click Add a poster and then locate and select the previously saved sample Channel Store poster. If you are using your own poster instead of the sample, the poster must be exactly pixels wide and pixels high.

    Upload a Channel Store Poster.


    1. Select a "Descriptive Category" for your channel. This is the Channel Store category in which your channel would appear, if it was submitted and approved as a public channel.

    Select a Preferred Category.


    1. Select a "Domestic Region" for your channel. If a channel is submitted and approved as a public channel, this is the Channel Store Region in which the channel will appear under the Descriptive Category. The channel will appear in the "International" category in all other Channel Stores Regions that were selected on the Properties page.

    Select a Domestic Region.


    1. Click the Save or Continue button to advance to the "Monetization" page.

    2. For this example channel you should leave "None of the above apply" selected and just click the Save or Continue button to advance to the "Package Upload" page.

    No monetization selected.


    1. Change the Minimum Firmware to "v b1". Usually this will never need to be adjusted again. If Minimum Firmware is set too high, your channel will not be available on older model Roku devices.
    2. Click Upload a package and then locate and select the previously saved Pkg file.

    Before Pkg file upload.

        


    After Pkg file upload.


    1. Click the Save or Continue button to advance to the "Preview and Publish" page.
    2. Verify that there is a checkmark next to each item in the checklist at the bottom of the page, except for Static Analysis, then click the Publish button. Static Analysis does not require a checkmark.

    Publish!


    1. Click on the Vanity Access Code link to advance to the non-certified channel Warning page.
    2. Click OK on the Warning page, then click Yes, add channel to confirm that the new channel is to be added to your account and installed on your Roku device.
    3. If a "you must have at least one device" error message appears at this point, it means that you do not have any Roku devices associated with this Roku account.

      You can use the same Vanity Access Code in any other Roku account to install your new channel.

  8. Your new channel is now in your Roku account and will be installed onto your Roku device in 24 hours or less. To force your Roku device to install your channel immediately you may need to do a System Update. Using your Roku remote control:

    1. Press the remote control HOME key.
    2. Use the remote control UP and DOWN keys and the OK key to select Settings from the on-screen menu.
    3. Select System from the on-screen menu.
    4. Select System update from the on-screen menu.
    5. Select Check now from the on-screen menu.
    6. You should see a brief message flash on the screen about installing your new channel.
    7. Press the remote control HOME key again.

    If your new channel installed successfully, it will be located directly above the dividing line in your Roku home-screen channel list.

    Selecting your channel will bring up a splash screen first, then it will display the ListPosterURL image. Your channel currently has only a single ListPoster image, although most channels will have several.

    Click OK with your remote to select the ListPoster image. You'll see the Springboard screen for your content item.

    Select the on-screen Play button to start the content item stream, "Plan 9 From Outer Space".

  9. Most changes to your Roku channel can be made instantly, without re-packaging or re-uploading to your Roku Developer Account.

    For example, let's add a new video content item to the channel:

    1. From the Instant TV Channel menu along the left side of the page, click Content to go to the Content Editor page.
    2. Right click on the channel folder icon in the upper left window and select New Video or Audio from the list of items. A content item named "New Video or Audio" is added to your Roku channel.
    3. Again, right click on the channel folder icon to create another content item.
    4. The two new content items have the default URLs for the Instant TV Channel posters and the default "Plan 9 From Outer Space" stream URL. Later on you can come back and change these to something else, but for now we'll keep the defaults.
    5. Go back to your Roku device. Press the Home button on your Roku remote control to exit your channel, then press OK to restart your channel. (You'll always need to exit and then re-enter your channel before viewing any new or recently changed content.)
    6. The two new content items that you added appear in your Roku channel.

    Your channel's content was changed WITHOUT needing to re-package or re-upload the channel to your Roku Developer Account.

    Only certain items in the Theme Editor, such as artwork contained in the Pkg file, will require re-packaging and re-uploading to Roku. If your Roku channel needs to be repackaged and re-uploaded then a red box will appear around the Package button in the main Channel List.

    For a more sophisticated appearance you may want to consider including grids and trailers in your channel. Here is some additional information to get you started:


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Get to know the must-have app for streamers

Use the free Roku® mobile app to:
• Control your Roku devices with a convenient remote
• Use your voice or keyboard to quickly search for entertainment
• Enjoy private listening with headphones
• Stream free movies, live TV, and more on the go with The Roku Channel
• Cast media files from your phone, like videos and photos, to your TV
• Add and launch channels on your Roku devices
• Enter text on your Roku device easier with your mobile keyboard


You must connect your phone or tablet to the same wireless network as your Roku device to use certain features of the mobile app. Some features require a compatible Roku device and may require logging into your Roku account.


Feature availability:
• Voice search is available in English in the US, UK, and Canada. It’s also available in Spanish in Mexico and the US.
• The Roku Channel can be viewed in the mobile app in the US only.
• Some channels require payment, can change, and vary by country.


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Version

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Why I love this app

I love this app because I don’t have to move when I wake up lookin for my control I just grab my phone and there is my control then I find it when I’m awake and I love not having to move out of my bed it’s like having your tv on your phone and don’t start me on that I can watch my. MY tv in my phone I just feel like my tv is in my pocket or in my purse at any time I need it and I feel important for having my tv in my pocket/purse. I just love the quality no hacking no lagging no need of standing up in the mornings anymore and I love how I just can do whatever in this app involving my tv and don’t start me on the tv the tv is the best quality ever EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER Athens best one EVER I don’t know what can be best than this it just needs to not stop being itself don’t change anything to that tv or ima return all the TVs I bought of you because their perfect just like they are that’s my review 5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️rating ever EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER there that’s my best review.

Used to love Roku

But they’ve been pretty disappointing recently. My current issue is trying to figure out how to cancel subscriptions, and being unable to get into contact with anyone from Roku Anyone at all, is impossible. If I go to the site of what I’m subscribing to, it says I need to do it through Roku. When I go to Roku’s website, it says I need to do it through the Roku. I don’t see the option anywhere on the ruku, it’s not on the faq, their online “help” system is worthless and just puts me through circles. And their customer service line that they hide the number to (bet you can’t find it on their website) just saying to go online for help. Which isn’t helpful at all. So I’m about to just call my credit card company and file a fraud claim, I don’t know how else to get the payments to stop. Another annoying issue from about a year ago. I bought the top model of Roku since my old rule stopped being serviced. The most expensive, fastest model. Within 2 months it’s telling me I need to buy a memory card since the Roku is full, and until I do, it uninstalls apps to make room for the ones I use. All I use is 5 streaming channels. That’s literally the only apps downloaded on it besides what comes in it, which shouldn’t be a lotl. If I’m buying the most expensive, top end model of a product, I shouldn’t have to buy additional add ones to make it functional. I feel like Roku made it big and then stopped caring about quality, just on profits.

The developer, ROKU INC, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Used to Track You

The following data may be used to track you across apps and websites owned by other companies:

  • Contact Info
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The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

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Seller
ROKU INC

Size
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Category
Entertainment

Compatibility
iPhone
Requires iOS or later.
iPod touch
Requires iOS or later.
Languages

English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish

Age Rating
12+ Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy ViolenceInfrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive ThemesInfrequent/Mild Realistic ViolenceInfrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude HumorInfrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or ReferencesInfrequent/Mild Horror/Fear ThemesInfrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity

Copyright
© Roku, Inc.

Price
Free

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The removal of the Google Play Movies & TV app in June made an already limited Google Play on Roku experience all the more frustrating. Roku has tons of streaming services and other content available on its channel store, such as Netflix, HBO Max and even some free Roku channels. However, there are some services that have been left out when it comes to dedicated Roku apps. 

Google Play is one of them, and now the Google Play Movies and TV app has been removed too. That doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy it through your Roku, though, and in this article, we’ll show you how to use Google Play on Roku.

Key Takeaways:

  • You can’t install the Google Play Store on Roku, and the Google Play Movies & TV channel was removed from Roku and other devices in June
  • Users can still access your Google Play Movies & TV content through the YouTube app on Roku.
  • You can use the PhotoView Roku channel to view your Google photos on Roku.
  • If you want to use other Google Play services on Roku, your only option is to mirror your screen.
  • Yes, you can watch a Google Play Movie on your Roku TV. There’s no dedicated app since it was removed in June , but you can watch your Google Play Movies & TV content via the YouTube app on Roku, or you can mirror your screen to Roku.

  • There are some free movies on Google Play. There’s a “free to watch” section, but they’re not recent releases and often come with ads.

  • No, there isn’t a dedicated Google Play app for Roku, and the Google Play Movies & TV app was removed in June You can, however, watch your Google Play Movies and TV content through the YouTube app.

  • The Google Play Movies & TV app wasn’t only removed from Roku, it was also removed from other devices such as LG, Samsung and Vizio smart TVs. The Google Play Movies & TV app was rebranded on many devices as Google TV, so Google decided to combine it with the YouTube app on the remaining devices. That means you can still enjoy your Google Play content on Roku.

Getting Google Play on Roku

There are lots of Google services available, but availability is limited on Roku. In fact, there’s no dedicated Google app for Roku. However, you can watch Google Play Movies & TV content through the YouTube app on Roku &#; which we’ll get into later.

There are a couple of third-party apps available that can help you use other Google services on Roku, too. For instance, you can use the PhotoView app for Google photos, but for any other Google service, you’ll need to mirror your screen to Roku.

There’s also the Movies Anywhere app, which is an online streaming service that allows you to combine all of your purchases from multiple streaming services in one place. It’s free to join and will allow you to watch Google Play content on your Roku. Before you jump in, though, we suggest you read the privacy policy, as it does log some data. 

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Can You Get Google Play Store on Roku?

Unfortunately, you can’t get Google Play Store on Roku. Roku has its own operating system, so there’s no framework to include Android-based apps. You can only install apps &#; or channels &#; that are made specifically for Roku. You can still mirror your screen, but the only benefit of that is having the content displayed on a larger TV screen.

How to Access Google Play Movies & TV Content Through the YouTube App on Roku

Since Roku doesn’t have a dedicated Google Play Movies & TV channel, you need to use the YouTube Roku app to access Google content. It’s easy to add channels to Roku. Simply follow the steps below.

  1. Press the “Home” Button

    Press the “home” button on your Roku remote to ensure you’re on the home screen.

    roku lineup home
  2. Go to “Streaming Channels”

    Select “streaming channels” from the menu and press “OK” on the remote.

    roku streaming channels
  3. Go to “Search Channels”

    Select “search channels” and press “OK” on the remote.

    roku search channels
  4. Search for “Google Play Movies &#; TV” and Select the Channel

    Type “YouTube” into the search box until you see it listed on the right-hand side. Then, select the channel and press “OK” on the remote.

    google play on roku search youtube
  5. Go to “Add Channel”

    Select “add channel” and press “OK” on the remote. You’ll then see a message that says the channel has been added &#; press “OK.”

    google play on roku add channel
  6. Select “Go to Channel”

    Select “go to channel” and press “OK” on the remote.

    google play on roku go to channel
  7. Sign in to Your Google Account on YouTube and Go to “Library,” then “Movies &#; Shows”

    Sign in to the same Google account that you use for Google Play on YouTube. Then, go to “library” in the left menu and select “movies & TV.” You’ll now see any purchases you have already made. Choosing “movies & TV” from the left menu will allow you to browse for new content.

    google play on roku library

How to Use Google Play Music on Roku

Unfortunately, Google Play Music no longer exists. Google announced back in late that it would be discontinued, with its services moving to YouTube music. 

google play music discontinued

There wasn’t a dedicated Google Play Music channel anyway, so you would have had to use screen mirroring to use it through any Roku devices.

How to Access Google Play Photos on Roku

There’s no dedicated Google Play Photos channel on Roku. However, there are two ways that you can view your Google Photos library on Roku: you can mirror your device to Roku, or use a third-party Roku app. Below we’ll show you how to access Google Play Photos using PhotoView on Roku.

  1. Press the “Home” Button

    Press the “home” button to make sure you’re on the home screen.

  2. Go to “Streaming Channels”

    Select “streaming channels” and press “OK” on the remote.

    roku streaming channels
  3. Go to “Search Channels”

    Go to “search channels” and press “OK” on the remote.

    roku search channels
  4. Search for “PhotoView” and Select the Channel

    Type “PhotoView” into the search box until you see it listed on the right-hand side. Select the channel and press “OK” on the remote.

  5. Go to “Add Channel”

    Select “add channel” and press “OK” on the remote. A message will pop up to say that the channel has been added &#; press “OK.”

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  6. Select “Go to Channel”

    Select “go to channel” and press “OK” on the remote.

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  7. Link Your Roku Device to Your Google Account

    You’ll be given an on-screen code so you can link your Roku device to your Google account.

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  8. Go to the PhotoView Website and Enter Your Code

    Go to www.photoviewapp.com/link and enter the on-screen code. Then, click “link device.”

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  9. Select Your Google Account and Sign In

    Select the Google account you want to link and sign in.

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  10. Click “Allow” When Prompted

    Click “allow” to allow PhotoView to access your Google Photos library.

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  11. You’ll See a “Successful” Message on Both Devices

    A “successful” message will be displayed on both devices. Press “OK” on the Roku remote to continue.

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  12. Browse Your Google Photos Albums

    Select the “Google Photos Albums” icon (selected by default) and press “OK” on the remote to view your Google photos. Use the Roku remote to navigate through different albums.

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  13. Go to “Settings” to Link an Additional Google Account or Change Display Settings

    You can link more than one Google Account by selecting the “settings” icon and then “link an additional Google account.” Then, follow the steps listed above to link your other account. You can easily remove your Google account here by selecting “remove account link from device.” You can also change your display settings here if you need to.

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Final Thoughts

There are a few ways you can use Google Play with Roku, but with the removal of the Google Play Movies & TV app, you need to take a little detour. To watch Google Play on Roku, you can simply use the YouTube app. Any purchased content will be available there, and you can also browse for new content. 

To view your Google photos, you can use a third-party app called PhotoView, and another app called Movies Anywhere can help you stream all your favorite content from one Roku channel. However, if you want to use any other Google services on Roku, the only option you have is to mirror your screen.

If you’ve found this article helpful, you might like some of our other Roku articles, including the Best VPN for Roku guide, how to cast to Roku guide and our Roku history article. Of course, if you’re looking for more basics, you can also figure out which Roku to buy and our Roku pricing guide.

What’s your experience using Google Play on Roku? Do you think the consolidation of Google Play Movies and TV into the YouTube app was a good idea? Have you had any issues using Google Play through YouTube on Roku? Let us know in the comment section, and as always, thank you for reading.

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The New Roku Channel Store

How to add channels to your Roku device in three ways

Adding a new channel to a Roku streaming device is a straightforward process, and there are multiple ways to do it.

You can add free and paid channels, and those channels can be added in three ways — from the device, the Roku mobile app, or Roku's website.

Here's how to do each.

Add a channel from your Roku device

1. Go to the Home menu by pressing the home button on the remote.

2. In the left sidebar, scroll down to the "Streaming Channels" section.

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3. Select "Streaming Channels" to open the Roku Channel Store.

4. Choose a category to browse or go to "Search Channels" to find the channel you want to add.

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5. Press "OK" on the remote to open channel details.

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6. Select "Add Channel" (for free channels) or "Buy" (for paid channels) to install the channel. You will be prompted to complete your purchase if you chose a paid channel.

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Add a channel using the Roku mobile app

The Roku app is available free for Android and iOS phones and tablets.

1. Open the Roku mobile app.

2. Tap the "Channels" tab found at the bottom of the app.

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3. Select the "Channel Store" tab at the top of the Channels page, and scroll through channel categories or search to find the channel you wish to install. You may be prompted to login to your Roku account before continuing.

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4. Tap the channel icon to learn more.

5. Tap "Add Channel" to add the channel to your device(s). If the channel you selected is a paid channel, you will be prompted to complete your purchase.

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Add a channel from the web

1. Go to the online channel store at channelstore.roku.com and login with your Roku account information.

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2. Browse channel categories or search for the channel you wish to add.

3. Click "Details" to view channel details such as synopsis and pricing.

4. Click "+ Add Channel" to add a channel to your device(s). If you selected a paid channel, you will be prompted to complete your purchase.

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Tips and tricks

  • Channels added through the online channel store and Roku mobile app will not show up in your channel lineup for 24 hours. Roku devices check for changes every 24 hours. If you want to view newly added channels immediately, you can go to the system menu to force the device to check for an update. Any new channels added online or through the Roku app will then install on your device.
  • Anytime you add a channel to your account, it will be installed on all your Roku devices.
  • Your Roku account keeps track of all your channels so you can get them quickly anytime you add a new device to your account or in when you need to perform a factory reset.
  • You can set an account PIN (Personal Identification Number) in your Roku account to prevent accidental and unwanted purchases. The PIN will only be used for allowing purchase or channels to be added to your account.

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Now discussing:

Roku users who’ve been unable to get Charter’s Spectrum TV app through the platform’s channels store can once again do so after months of being unable to download it.

Roku announced on its blog today that new and existing users can access Spectrum TV on its devices by signing into the app using their Charter broadband credentials or by signing up for an account through Roku. The agreement resolves an ongoing carriage dispute that resulted in Roku pulling the Spectrum TV app from its store in December. The companies issued a joint statement on Tuesday that both had come to “a mutually beneficial agreement to renew distribution of the Spectrum TV App.”

“As a result of the renewal, the Spectrum TV App is now available for download from the Roku channel store,” the companies write. “We are pleased to renew our partnership and offer this great streaming experience to our shared customers.”

When the app was pulled from Roku’s store in December, users who already had it installed could continue using it without service interruption. However, any new users hoping to access their service through the platform were out of luck. Spectrum offered a statement at the time that despite its “best efforts to reach an agreement, Roku has not accepted Spectrum’s offer to continue our contract.”

Neither company offered any further details about the agreement, but Roku’s seen similar support disputes before — even with some of the largest players in streaming. In April, Roku pulled YouTube TV from its store, though Google soon after added support for its live TV service to the primary YouTube app, giving its users a workaround. Notably, HBO Max didn’t arrive on the Roku platform until December of last year, roughly half a year after the service officially launched.

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