Private Channels On The Roku Streaming Player: Free Entertainment They Don't Tell You About
Connecting wirelessly to your high-speed Internet connection, the Roku Streaming Player delivers over 300 channels of entertainment instantly to your TV. But you can also enjoy a variety of private channels that Roku doesn't reveal to the public.
Roku private channels don't appear in the Roku Channel Store. They may be undergoing development, fail to meet Channel Store standards, or not be intended for public viewing. According to the Roku website, 25 percent of all active Roku users have installed a private channel on their Roku players.
Roku doesn't carry an official list of these channels, nor does it review or approve of them. This suggests that they are becoming popular, but many Roku users don't know about them. In addition to expanding the Roku player's options, private channels are a free and legal alternative to cable or satellite TV.
Other private channels on Roku are a lot like public access television on cable TV, where ordinary people create and broadcast their own television programming. Some people create shows about their interests or lifestyles, while others simply broadcast images from their webcams. You'll also find private channels, such as the curiously-named Nowhere TV, that package free content from a variety of high-quality providers.
If the Channel Store doesn't have what you're looking for, you may find it on a Roku private channel. For example, the Roku Channel Store doesn't carry the Food Network or TV stations from Phoenix-area networks. By signing up for free online at Nowhere TV, my Roku now carries three Phoenix stations, the Food Network and a wide array of news, sports, entertainment, family, lifestyle, government, international, religious, and technology content.
StreamFREE.TV has a large list of Roku private channels. You add them to your Roku player by simply clicking the icon or link for the channel you want to add. You'll then be redirected to the Roku web site, where you sign in to your account and confirm your selection.
StreamFREE.TV also has the channel codes to enter into your Roku account online. Log in to your Roku account, click the Add A Private Channel link under Manage Account, enter the code, and click Add Channel. It may not show up right away on your Roku player, so be patient. You can find other channel codes by doing an Internet search for "roku private channel list".
Roku private channels may have a promising future ahead, especially for someone looking to start a career in media. A medium such as YouTube may have a wider audience, but private channels offer less competition and allow for more broadcast time than the 15 minutes allotted to YouTube broadcasters. Whatever the future may hold, Roku private channels can help you get more enjoyment out of your Roku player today.
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