Roku and ABC TV
#317 Henry, Wednesday, 25 November 2015 2:26 PM (Category: Gadgets)
(Tags: roku abc)

I have a Roku Stick attached to my TV. I stream my movies and TV to an app on the Roku Stick - the Roku Media Server. You can add a bunch of official apps to the Roku, but you can also add a lot of unofficial and beta apps to the Roku. Doug mentioned he had been looking at apps and found the Australian ABC TV app. I was very interested in this.

I hunted down the code for it, then learnt how to add the app. You can't do it on the device, you have to log in to your Roku account on the website, and then you can add the app (or channel, as they call it). Then back to the Roku and do a system update and the new channel is added.

I did all that, and was excited to see the ABC TV logo on my list of channels. Anne was really excited for this. I hit the button and got the wonderful notice that:

ABC Australia TV is no longer available

What a disappointment that was. I was hoping for the news, but got nothing. I think you can can stream the ABC News, but it would have been easier on the Roku. The app was probably something very unofficial, and the ABC got wind of it and shut it down. Maybe.

Anyway, I learnt a lot from the exercise.