Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we've got a Q&A about 'private channels' on Roku, short cuts, deals, and more!
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Q&A > What's the Deal with Private Channels on Roku?
This week's question comes from Jeremiah who says, "I have a few private channels installed on my Roku but I read that they're going to stop allowing them... Will there be a different system to add these apps in the future?"
Beginning in March of next year, Roku is indeed eliminating the concept of what they call 'non-certified channels' (AKA 'private channels') as part of a revamp of their app beta process.
Non-certified channels were originally designed to allow companies to test Roku channel updates with a small set of customers before releasing them to everyone. Private channels are also legitimately used by companies — including Tablo — as workarounds for existing issues. However, this process has also allowed legally ambiguous apps like Vidangel as well as porn and unlicensed content to sneak onto the Roku platform.
Roku's new beta program mirrors what other app stores like Apple and Google already do to keep questionable and low-quality apps off its platforms. However, the program is limited to 20 'testers' at a time forever closing the loophole that Jeremiah and others have been using to skirt the official Roku channel store.
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DEALS > Discounts on Refurbished Tablo OTA DVRs, & More
This week's deals on cord cutting gear and services include:
SHORT CUTS > Best Home Entertainment Products of the Year, & More
'Short Cuts' delivers all the cord-cutting news you need to know about, including:
WHAT'S ON > Must-See OTA TV
On top of the World Series, there's lots of great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
- Canadians can catch The Nature Of Things as it returns for its 61st season - November 5th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CBC
- Kieran Culkin hosts and Ed Sheeran performs on Saturday Night Live - November 6th @ 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC/Global
- Country fans won't want to miss Backstage Pass: Countdown to the CMA Awards - November 8th @ 10:00 p.m. ET on ABC
- Or The 55th Annual CMA Awards itself - November 10th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC
- Canadians can also tune in to the new comedy Sort Of - November 9th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CBC
Don't forget to regularly check the TV SHOWS > PREMIERING tab on your Tablo app to find and set new and old favorites to record.
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