Roku hits 150 channels in the UK

Greetings from Roku in the UK and Ireland! We’ve just passed the four-month mark since launching our streaming players here and I thought I’d share a quick update on the progress we’ve made.

Roku players are priced starting at £49.99 in the UK and Ireland – this means that for less than the cost of a Saturday night out, you can purchase instant access to over 150 channels of video, music and gaming entertainment, delivered directly to your TV. We’ve added almost a channel a day since we launched, and there’s much more to come!

Wondering what UK streamers are watching? Not surprisingly, Netflix is one of Roku’s most popular UK channels. The BBC iPlayer channel is also very popular with streamers who want to catch up on recent BBC programmes like EastEnders, The Grahame Norton Show, and Doctor Who. Here are a few more of our most-watched UK channels:

  • Crackle (UK only): Free on-demand films and TV series from a wide range of genres, including Action, Kung-Fu, Horror and Comedy
  • Yupp TV: A favourite way to watch unlimited Indian television entertainment
  • Euronews: On-demand news from around the world, in English, Spanish, French, German and Italian
  • Lanka TV: A simple way to bring Sri Lankan news, drama and sports channels straight into your living room
  • PLEX: Use your Roku player to stream your personal media library directly to your TV

We’ll keep working to build the best selection of entertainment for all customers, whether they’re in the U.S., Canada, UK or Ireland. Happy streaming!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/tompayne84 Tom Payne

    Any news on 4OD, ITV Player or Demand 5?

  • Anonymous

    Any news on lovefilm and an official sky go app/channel?

  • Kumnaa

    We’re still missing Lovefilm and 4OD, ITV Player and Demand 5 :(

  • ghostindashadow

    I agree with the other comments, my roku is something I am proud of buying. As a techy it is not hard to set up a plex server and deliver content. But what I wanted to do was buy a roku for my dad for fathers day and then if successful for each of my other super un techy family members. But with only the BBC Iplayer it doesn’t seem a good buy for him or them just yet. Which is sad as having access to all those channels mentioned by others for both him and my step mum with an easy to use set top box rather than sitting in the computer room would be amazing. More importantly right now because you are lacking, lovefilm,4od, itv player, Demand 5 and the sky player as base offerings you have only iplayer over apple tv. If you guys get those missing channels quickly you can dominate the UK market. Sadly, if your not fast enough you would you miss out on becoming the defacto device (like boxee which I was going to buy before I saw their poor attempt to get into the UK market and their obsession with US market) which would be really sad as you guys seem to really care about your customers. Right now you are twenty english pounds cheaper than a basic xbox 360 model which already gives you access to all the core streaming sites as listed by myself and others but also has the games console element as well. Plus you need to do this before Apple tv gets an sdk/ these channels as you will be then fighting a fan boy market which is very big in the UK especially with an over biased Apple friendly media. So keep up the good work and please work on getting those channels as I bought a roku box as I thought it was amazing and further had the potential to be a better all round device than its competitors in terms of content offered.

  • Alan Simpson

    Any chance of getting the Giantbomb.com app available over here?

  • Alistair Shaw

    I’ve been holding out for a long time waiting for Roku to come to the UK, mainly based on the really positive coverage it kept getting on Leo Laporte’s TWiT channel. Eventually the big day comes. My excitement knows no bounds! At last we can have one of the toys our American cousins love so much! My unlimited broadband waits to unleash its full potential!

    Errrr….I feel like the fool who has just realised the hot chick I have been working on all night and finally have home is a dud root and won’t return my texts the next day. Evil little cocktease!

    C’mon Roku, i feel quite let down here. No region/country specific blog? Why is it a single post tag on to the US Blog? That’s like sending the worst picture postcard you got on holiday – because they were 5 for the price of 4 – and then sent it to the Family member you feel you have to be polite to for no apparent reason other than you had already had a spare stamp.

    The same goes for Facebook. The silence is deafening ! Constant caterwauling from the bleachers on the Stars ‘n’ Stripes supporters side about how great life is; but over here we must of missed the big game day announcement in the junk mail so only a guy with a broken Vuvuzela turned up to show support to be drowned out by the marching band with a balancing elephant up front for the US fans appreciation.

    If you truly mean to get some sales out of the UK how about trying some commitment to your obviously great product? I don’t know who your head honcho is for UK sales and marketing but s/he either needs a whole lot more support in being proactive or needs to be moved on. While I am at it what’s with the pricing??? £49 the XD or £99 for the XS??? You do know that we can also look up exchange rates on the internet? It really doesn’t help that while there may be 150 channels, their content isn’t up to the same quality as the US. Like ghostindashadow mentioned you really need to be going for the other mainstream content providers. Get them and you may almost justify the huge mark up that’s being charged here. While I am ranting so much I may as well tell you one of my main reasons for wanting the RXS is that i can use it on my ancient CRT TV. Not everyone here has the latest 1080p’s here (and if Im honest i think my 4:3 CRT has a better picture than my technophobic bro-in-laws expensive Samsung) I surely can’t be the only one in these hard financial times who wants the joy of cord cutting but are limited because we can’t afford a flash new TV to get those extra channels? The XS is the ideal compromise for me, future proof yet currently available.

    I’m not going to get on my knees and plead, just please get your act together and start being proud of what you have in the UK and maximise it’s huge potential for us as well. I would brazenly ask you for a demo unit to gush over on my blog, but I don’t have a blog. If I did I sure as hell wouldn’t be just reformatting sparse media releases that I see about Roku UK.

    I await a reply from your single member of your UK staff!

  • Richie

    Loving the Roku services, neat simple and it works. Desepartely awaiting 4od and itv player plus Demand 5.
    Also, hoping LoveFilm /amazon instant etc will be added – a great plus to having a roku.

    Many friends have indicated they’ll be getting one after seeing my roku :)

    Within plex (on mac/pc) server you can add 4od but whilst the video works the audio missing :(

    Keep up the great work guys, looking forward to what’s to come!

  • http://twitter.com/_mattbailey Matt Bailey

    *Sigh* Like many others here I love my Roku. It’s a gorgeous little device, but the choice of channels is desperately lacking.

    I bought it for Netflix, but I don’t want just a Netflix player I want a multi-channel player. Never mind the 150 channels that, to be fair, most people will never watch. What people really want (in addition to Netflix and BBC iPlayer) are LoveFilm and 4OD (and ITV Player and Demand 5 would be nice as well).

    Unless Roku can meet those needs, when another device comes along that does satisfy consumers the Roku will sadly get resigned to a drawer to gather dust.

    Oh, and I agree that more UK centric blog content and email communications from Roku would be great!

    • Paul

      Matt, I totally agree with your comment re: Lovefilm on Roku!

      I hope they can both get their acts together and actually make it happen.

    • http://twitter.com/mkvXstream mkvXstream

      The beauty of the Roku platform is the Private Roku Channel Community. In the US it got off to a slow start and now has over 800+ public and private channels. Since it is still relatively new in the UK it will take time for the channels to grow where there is enough content to make it a worthy addition.

      View our large Roku Channel list at mkvXstream.com

  • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Inaba-kun

    The 150 channel mark is I feel, rather misleading, as the majority are to be frank, terrible. By all means add channels which show out of copyright TV content from the 1930s, and straight to video horror from the 1980s, but I think most of us would sooner you do the big stuff first.

    You should be squarely focussed on getting LoveFilm Instant and 4OD onto the Roku before all else. After that, hit the other big targets – Demand 5, Sky Go, ITV Net Player, Spotify, Last FM etc.

    Another big omission is any service to stream recent releases from. The Apple TV has iTunes, the Xbox has Zune, and the PS3 has PSN. Roku UK has…. nothing. Blink Box might fill that gap to a degree, but they’re SD only, making them a less attractive proposition.

    As an aside, an option to completely hide the crazy religious channels, of which there appear to be dozens, would be nice. Perhaps that stuff is popular in the US, I don’t know, but we kind of grew out of the whole fairy tale stuff long ago in the UK.

    • Peter

      Not all the religious channels are ‘crazy’ as you put it. Revelation TV is very good genuine TV Station and it is good that people can now view Revelation TV without having to get a Sky Dish and Receiver or have to watch it on the internet. So well done Roku, as others have said however, the ITV Player is a needed addition.
      Peter
      Norfolk England

      • J. Peter Jorgensen

        I don’t know what’s going on in your life to make you respond so insensitively to people of faith, but maybe you should outgrow your behavior. I don’t appreciate your hate.

        You’ll be happy to know that true Christians love people who identify as homosexual more so then many homosexuals do. We believe that they can choose for themselves and don’t force them to stay homosexual if they want to change. I never understood why progressives such as homosexuals don’t believe in the freedom to choose.

        Also, Christians are true feminists. We believe that women have the freedom to chose to be mothers, homemakers, wives along with many other jobs without ridicule for making these choices if they choose so. I never understood why progressives think women should only think as the do and don’t believe in the freedom to choose.

        And you should do some research on Christianity and science before you bloviate more on this….

        You label people as haters and yet you are your own best example of hate. I don’t even know you and I can tell you that I treat homosexuals and women better then you do. After 22 years of marriage, I still open the car door for my wife every time she gets in and every time she gets out of the car when we go out together – do you do that? Have you ever experienced the hate from the homosexual community when one of your friends realized that he wasn’t “gay” and wanted out of the “lifestyle”? I’m talking death threats! Before you continue to mock and spue more hate towards Christians, find out what a true follower of Jesus Christ is. How can your mind be open when you’re so busy hating?

        Give Christ a chance in your life.

        - Peter

        • Justin

          I think the basic point about being able to hide different categories of channels is not a bad one – regardless of what they might be (taking both Inaba-kun and J. Peter Jorgensen’s comments seriously). There are a lot of things, that, for various reasons, viewers might consider crazy or just of no interest to them – right or wrong, that is how they feel (I, for example, really don’t like cooking and don’t really get anything out of non-English channels). It can be laborious navigating around so many channels. Another level on the menu would be good.

          YES- this really really needs 4OD, ITV Player etc to work for most UK buyers. And a much easier way of going straight back to a channel (like BBC News) without having to go all the way through Livestation (though I appreciate some of its other channels).

          It is a great machine though and I really hope the new deal with Sky means that some quality channels become available.

        • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Inaba-kun

          Frankly the human race needs to outgrow belief in superstition. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, and no supernatural claim has ever survived any properly done scientific test. It’s childish nonsense at best, but is often much, much worse.

          But this is beside the point. Most English people are atheists or agnostics, and we really get upset when religion is shoved in our faces. We just don’t want to see it, EVER. That’s why firing up the Roku channel store is such a miserable experience. We go there for things like LoveFilm and 4OD (neither of which is available, even after all this time), but instead see little but extremist religious stuff.

          I now recommend the Xbox to anyone in the UK who wants to stream things as it has pretty much all the apps Brits want (with a couple of exceptions), and the app store is super clean. t’s a joy.

        • geeball

          Can I kiss your bum.I bet it smells of Apple’s

        • Jesus H Christ

          Feel free to believe in fairies, monsters and enchanted apples all you want. Religion is the cause of most of the hate in the world yesterday, today and probably tomorrow… your faith has probably caused more death and suffering than anything else so get down off your high horse you complete bell end. Christ can suck a fart directly out of my anus

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=769499611 Hayley Victoria Morris

    I agree with the others. I’m slightly better off because I have playmo dns on my router and it allows me to watch american netflix rather than english. Unfortunately I cant vpn it so I’m stuck with what you have on offer here. My main channels are netflix, crunchyroll, Hilah, crackle and I’ve enjoyed a few old movies as well which I wouldn’t otherwise have watched. Unfortunately my father made me watch a black and white film about a man who kills all his family to get the earldom and the girl and it’s monologued and godawful and I blame you for making me think all old films are actually good. I’ve blocked the title from my mind so don’t remind me.
    I’d like to see a bit more choice but tbh I bought a box for my nan and now she’s finally started watching Korean dramas after a decade of them hearing me laugh at them. I’ve spent £150 on your product so far, please don’t let me down.

  • Newjerseypete

    Wow…Inaba-kun, you had to work in mocking people’s faith into your Roku bash…. I LOVE my Calvary Chapel church channels on Roku to the point that I am now giving Roku boxes as gifts to church friends. You can be as insulting as you want, but Roku is selling a lot more boxes due to spiritual programming. And the more boxes they sell, more developers will come and more channels of which I’m sure some will make you and others happier.

    Sure in the US we have 500 channels of which I only watch about 5, but I see the day coming that the number will be in the thousands and this will finally give me what cable promised 40 years ago. Something for everyone. Channels designed for the less then 1% audience. Channels on cable try for much larger audiences of 30+% and end up losing me because they no longer appeal to the niche viewer like me.

    I see Roku more as a movement fighting for change. I also see Roku keeping in mind that this is main stream and thank them for keeping it simple. The other streaming options seem to forget that this is TV and that Grandma, Pop-Pop and the little ones don’t have computer science degrees and shouldn’t need them just to a show.

    THANK YOU ROKU and keep doing what you are doing! Sure we haven’t arrived yet, but we’re heading in the right direction!

    J. Peter Jorgensen
    Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey, USA

  • Grant UK

    As previous posters have said get some of the basics in first. Love Film, 4OD, Demand 5 and ITV player until this happens it is lacking in mainstream content.

  • http://www.cheapcarfinance.co/ GUARANTEED car finance

    welcome to the UK

  • Mark

    Is there a complete list of Roku channels that are available in the UK?

    I have had the Roku device since day one in the UK, Unfortunately I have to say I am disappointed with the content, it’s a shame as the Roku has such potential.

    What started out as frustrating has now become expected ‘this channel is not available in your area’ do the developers know they have to update their applications to be accessible in other countries?

    Hopefully, we will get more channels added soon.

  • Gohannc

    Hi is mlb tv nhl tv nba tv on roku ii the uk

  • Peelfox

    I’m on the Isle of Man and can’t get Amazon, hence Love Film; Crackle; Popcorn or any other “real” movie site. When will this happen?

  • Faruq

    Very let down by RoKU, I bought one of both models. The channels selection is severely lacking, the firmware needs updating, if I have 45 channels, I have to scroll through them like an idiot, it should be displayed as a grid for easy flipping.

    There is no sorting of the channels option neither, alphabetically, these are common sense solutions.

    Lastly, I agree with the BBC player, and itv and other channels people are asking for.

    If ROKU developers used their products more often, they’d know this stuff. Please don’t be an ‘apple’ and try to rip us off with tiny tiny COMMON SENSE improvements with each new ‘edition’ of roku…….. enough is enough. We need a firmware update !!

  • Justin

    I think the basic point about being able to hide different categories of channels is not a bad one – regardless of what they might be (taking both Inaba-kun and J. Peter Jorgensen’s comments seriously). There are a lot of things, that, for various reasons, viewers might consider crazy or just of no interest to them – right or wrong, that is how they feel (I, for example, really don’t like cooking and don’t really get anything out of non-English channels). It can be laborious navigating around so many channels. Another level on the menu would be good.

    YES- this really really needs 4OD, ITV Player etc to work for most UK buyers. And a much easier way of going straight back to a channel (like BBC News) without having to go all the way through Livestation (though I appreciate some of its other channels).

    It is a great machine though and I really hope the new deal with Sky means that some quality channels become available.

  • Flaggy

    I’m not quite sure what people expect for £50 or so.

    Sure a lot of channels most of us won’t give the time of day to, but that’s where Internet streaming TV comes into it’s own. Specialist and niche.
    After all, a lot of people pay a monthly subscription to Sky for hundreds of channels, most of which they won’t ever watch.

    What the Roku does, it seems to do well. But it’s up to the likes of ITV Player, 4OD, 5OnDemand, etc., to get their channel to the Roku market.

    At the rate these boxes are selling, I can’t see that being too long.

  • lemcabuhat

    I live in Mexico and with TelMex I get a maximum download speed of 5mbs.

    I LOVE MY ROKU!!!!!

    I use it with GetUSAWebsites.TV (Access code 817) They’re different in that they only jump in when the geo check is done, but the rest of the time it’s a direct connection NOT going through a proxy. The result is that I ALWAYS get a HD signal awesome video on Netflix, and Hulu. I hate other services where too many users bog down the server, and the quality goes up and down. (Mostly down and skipping!) Grrrrr….

    I think GetUSAWebsites approach is superior, and am VERY happy.

    My local friend has only a 1.7mbs download speed, and they are using it with their Roku and they love it too.

    GetUSAWebsites has 2 plans. Basic is $4.99 and Deluxe is $7.99 a month. I seriously couldn’t live without it!

  • lemcabuhat

    I live in Mexico and with TelMex I get a maximum download speed of 5mbs.

    I LOVE MY ROKU!!!!!

    I use it with GetUSAWebsites.TV (Access code 820) They’re different in that they only jump in when the geo check is done, but the rest of the time it’s a direct connection NOT going through a proxy. The result is that I ALWAYS get a HD signal awesome video on Netflix, and Hulu. I hate other services where too many users bog down the server, and the quality goes up and down. (Mostly down and skipping!) Grrrrr….

    I think GetUSAWebsites approach is superior, and am VERY happy.

    My local friend has only a 1.7mbs download speed, and they are using it with their Roku and they love it too.

    GetUSAWebsites has 2 plans. Basic is $4.99 and Deluxe is $7.99 a month. I seriously couldn’t live without it!

  • buy house in corfu

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  • http://www.facebook.com/nigellangton Nigel Langton

    love film and now tv would be my top 2 adds for roku

  • callenjr

    For the person who posted the want for an ability to hide the plethora of church channels, and questioning whether those in the US might like that sort of programming…we would like to block that as well. It is highly frustrating for us as it is for you to click through numerous religious channel just to get to one of the few interesting channels available with something to watch. If I want some God I’ll just walk down the street to a church. I do live in the states, after all.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jpeter.jorgensen.9 J Peter Jorgensen

      If you don’t want to watch them, don’t install them. Don’t see the problem. We have 600 channels to choose from and I agree that a majority of them are things that I would never watch and I just don’t install them. Just so you don’t think that I’m religious, I do think it would be great if there were a way I could block religious channels and only allow the Christian channels to show in MY channel store listing…but then I would have to trust someone else’s censorship standards….

  • Bref123

    This blog post and your website wrongly give the impression that Irish users can get the BBC iplayer (the main reason I bought your product). V disappointed and feel completely misled and will not be recommending this product to anyone else as there is a v poor channel list for Ireland

    • harpo45

      you should of done your research Bref123 before you bought the Roku streamer. It does clearly state that the BBCiplayer is not available (at the moment) for the Irish viewers (there’s webpages out there which clearly states this, all you needed to do is google Roku channels Ireland or Irish)

  • None customer

    I had considered buying these for 8 members of my family as their Xmas presents but with only bbc iplayer atm I think I will wait for a better selection of channels if they ever decide to add them. What about catchup TV app that gives you all uk freeview channels? It’s available for pc mac and all iPod/iphone devices and being developed for android. If roku fail on this their success in the uk will be short lived.

    • Rattler

      I agree with you on the lack of (what i call ) proper channels to view. Now, for instance, what about TVCatchup or the other channel’s internet players (itv, channel’s 4 and 5 or ” now come on” Sky). Other one’s who could benefit would be UKTV , Discovery or what about Disney? If you can make a buck or two (in this case a few quid “for the british viewers”) then lets get the party going so ALL can enjoy having streamed entertainment with no bars hold.

  • None customer

    I had considered buying these for 8 members of my family as their Xmas presents but with only bbc iplayer atm I think I will wait for a better selection of channels if they ever decide to add them. What about catchup TV app that gives you all uk freeview channels? It’s available for pc mac and all iPod/iphone devices and being developed for android. If roku fail on this their success in the uk will be short lived.

  • Anonymous

    yes this is rapidly becoming the betamax of the streaming content world!

  • Legion666

    With the announcement of lovefilm now doing live streaming is there any chance of roku getting love film on board? Please say yes or I’ll have to invest in another set top box!!!

  • iandanter101

    When will we get universal search

  • http://blog.paulriley.me.uk paul riley

    Having been a Roku owner from the very instant it was available in the UK, ironically purchased from Amazon, and still no LoveFilm, no ITV Player, no 4OD, no Demand 5. At a time when as a family we are looking at getting more streaming devices I feel myself drifting away to the cheaper Android TV devices out there, such a shame.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=533047900 Terence ‘Clench’ McPiehole

      AFAIk there’s no Android client for Lovefilm, unless you go buy a Kindle Fire. Amazon sell KIndles and own Lovefilm, and use a forked version of Android to keep you in their sandbox.

      If you want the other channels, like ITV and 4OD, it’s no use hassling Roku, the owners of the content need to get their act together.

  • gbyers72

    Why are you people hammering at roku to make apps its not them its the TV network that builds the app then submits it to the store …

  • flaggy

    Is it really that surprising that there is no sign of LoveFilm yet?

    With the introduction of Roku into the UK, the launch boxes came with a Netflix button on the remote. Hence why they start at £50. As I expect the US streaming giant be shaving around £20 off the price of each unit.

    I can’t imagine there being any hurry to introduce LoveFilm myself. They’re Netflix’s biggest competitor. And cheaper by £1 per month too.

    NowTV wasn’t any surprise. Sky have been very much a part of Roku’s UK introduction. And at £15/month they aren’t in Netflix’s ball-park.

  • ed

    roku, you must be joking, I cant get lovefilm, I wasnt just buying a netflix box

  • russ

    yes i have just purchased the xs model and dissapointed not to find any or either the itv player ,5 on demand,4 on demand ,lovefilm,youtube,or eurosport player.If you want to win a market in europe,then you need to cater for european customers and choice.BBc i player is good though ,but a lot of money to pay for one channel that i am interested in.Very americanised channel list with a lot of junk channels

  • Andrew Jones

    i have contacted ruku so many times about itv player, 4OD, and Demand 5 and they just blank me about this, so i think all they care about is getting your money and yes there is a lot of crap on the roku (A LOT) “My freedom of speech” and roku get some good channels over here in the uk please.

  • AJ

    If you live in the UK, don’t bother buying the Roku. None of the good channels are available except for Netflix and a few others.

  • fanpna

    were is itv player

  • BRASSED OFF

    iI HAD ONE IF THESE DEVICES BOUGHT FOR ME WHAT WASTE OF MONEY ALL I CAN GET FROM IT ARE ERROR MESSAGES AND ALL I CAN GET FROM SO CALLED SUPPORT IS NOT SO MUCH ROKU AS FOKU

  • Dave Winter

    I bought one of these when they first came out and the promise then was that itv was on its way that year that was 2 years ago very disappointed would gladly swap for a player that could do the big 4 terrestrial channels :o (

  • disqus_yVlAXgolUY

    Want to instantly boost ROKU sales, incorporate all the live freeview channels with EPG on it, add a little hard drive to give it DVR features, then it truly will be the only box I need.

  • phill

    usa usa no good in the uk get your act together

  • phill

    Also no you tube disappointed and you don’t do ITV player> Its a great little box but most of the channels are total crap. Would I recommend buying one? No well yes if you have not got a up to date tv that does catch up channels.I will prob bin mine and get a internet savvy tv.
    So lets cut to the chase here in the uk we have a brain we wont watch the dross from the usa.
    So uk leave it alone unless you have just come out of a coma and your brain cant take in much

  • cv

    will the roku stream bbc and Itv in southern spain

  • karl

    can not get uk channels on my lt box

  • aly

    Big Pile of White. I’m sending mine back !!

  • dansus

    Eurosport player please.

  • PaBroon

    Unfortunately while its a very good piece of kit the channel options are poor. Most of the channels offered are poor with films so old you are unlikely to have heard of them. While most of the mainstream channels are now on board you still don’t have the option of adding the likes of love film for example. As for Crackle that no longer exists as far as I can see. So the package has been a bit of a disappointment.

  • cliff

    I am watching roku and hoping they will bring out a package for those us unlucky enough not to get the full freeview package. In rural scotland I only get 23 channels. Anyone else got this issue . Cliff