October 21, 2016

Vudu Starts Offering FREE Movies

Vudu, the Walmart-owned video streaming service, has long tried to compete iTunes and Amazon Video. They offered options to rent or purchase popular movies and TV shows and stream them online.

Now Vudu is jumping in on the free with ads streaming model made popular by services such as Crackle and Tubi TV.

The new service, Vudu Movies on Us, will not include newer movies. Those will remain available only for rent or purchase. At launch Vudu on Us will offer movies such as Mad Max, True Grit, Abduction, School of Rock, Hoosiers, The Phantom of the Opera (2004), Young Adult, Margin Call, A Walk to Remember and The Magnificent Seven (1960). Vudu says it will be adding more content in the coming months.

“There’s no better value than free,” said Jeremy Verba, VP and GM of Vudu. “We see a gap in the marketplace for watching free HD movies on-demand.”

This is a move many had previously hoped a service such as Crackle or Tubi TV would offer. Watch for free with ads or watch ad-free by paying. Although the catalog is small, hopefully Vudu will grow their selection.

It will be interesting to see if competitors will be able to release a similar service; however, some have already dipped their toe into the market. Recently Amazon has started offering the first episode of many shows for free with ads to allow you to test the season before paying. It will be interesting to see if they jump in and try to compete in this new market with Vudu.

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Source: http://cordcuttersnews.com/vudu-starts-offering-free-movies/

October 14, 2016

The Race Too Early to Call: Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast

This year, Roku is projected to have 25 million U.S. users, representing 15.2% of connected-TV users, according to a forecast by research firm eMarketer. Google’s Chromecast will have 30.2 million users and Apple TV will have 20.5 million users in the States, per eMarketer estimates.

The more data that emerges regarding the streaming video player category, the less clear it is just who is on top.

The latest sprinkling of data points carefully designed to make a company look robust without actually revealing too much came from Roku Tuesday, which disclosed reaching the 10-million-unit sales mark in the U.S. since launching in 2008.

That nice round number probably brought to mind Apple CEO Tim Cook , who in April revealed that rival product Apple TV had reached a global installed base of 20 million, which had generated $1 billion in revenues for the company last year.

But Apple TV and Roku don’t have the streaming device marketplace to themselves anymore, according to data issued earlier this month from NPD Group’s retail tracking service ( based on a survey of 5,000 U.S. consumers). The emergence of Google’s Chromecast on NPD’s radar for the first time in the second quarter of the year reduced U.S. market share for the category leaders.

Apple TV saw its share drop from 46% in the second quarter last year to 39% in 2014. Roku had a slightly smaller dip, from 33% to 28%. Both of their drops were on account of Chromecast grabbing 16% share. Keep in mind last year IHS pegged Roku and Apple TV’s combined market share at 94%.

Yet it’s too early to draw any conclusions because this is quickly becoming a four-player race where all three incumbents could see share drop further next quarter, when sales of Amazon’s Fire TV are tracked for the first time.

Not to be outdone, Roku also shared an NPD Group stat Tuesday that makes a more direct comparison: The purple box served an aggregate 37 million hours of video streamed per week compared to Apple TV at 15 million hours, Chromecast at 12 million hours and Amazon Fire TV at six million hours. Can’t get a clearer sense of what the competitive set is than that, right?

But time is a tricky metric. Consider a damning Parks Associates estimate made in June that found a declining percentage in the number of Chromecast users using the device at least once a month. Google responded the following month at its I/O conference with a different data point suggesting the total number of minutes Chromecast is being used shot up 40% from last year.

Both points could be true: While the overall number of Chromecast buyers are using it less, the core user base is more engaged than ever.

Parks also issued a worrisome indicator for Chromecast in June that Q1 sales of Chromecast had remained flat from the two previous quarters, with just 6% of U.S. broadband households buying Chromecast. That figure held steady even as the usage of streaming media players overall is on the rise.

Moreover, Parks estimated in July that Google sold 3.8 million Chromecast units over the previous 12 months worldwide, on par with how many units Roku sold in all of 2013. Apple TV sold just over 2 million last year. Chromecast is available in 19 countries as of July, significantly more than Roku, which is just in four countries, while Apple TV is in far more than both competitors combined.

Chromecast was also likely the culprit for the pronounced decrease in the average price of a streaming media player, which went from $88 in 2012 to $61 in the first half of 2014, according to NPD. A big factor in Chromecast’s ability to move the volume of units it did was its cheap $35 price tag, which in turn prompted newer, cheaper devices in the market like Roku’s $49 HDMI stick.

Another research firm, IHS, estimates 24 million units as the installed base for streaming media players in the U.S. this year, comprising nearly half of the 50 million total worldwide. That’s up from 16 million the previous year and expected to climb to 44 million by 2017. Streaming media devices are distinct from Blu-Ray players, game consoles and connected TVs, which altogether are expected to reach 213 million by 2017. All of the other segments are still more pervasive than streaming devices.

As of the first quarter of 2014, according to Parks, 20% of U.S. broadband households use streaming media players, up from 14% in 2012. When consoles, connected TVs and Blu-Ray players are added in, that’ number is near 70%.

Of course, with all the attention now on this sector, the question in the years to come is what use devices that attach to TVs to allow for streaming when an increasing number of smart TVs come with that capability baked in? Until then, there’s a short-term horse race worth watching.

Source: https://variety.com/2014/digital/news/the-race-too-early-to-call-roku-apple-tv-fire-tv-chromecast-1201303129/

This year, Roku is projected to have 25 million U.S. users, representing 15.2% of connected-TV users, according to a forecast by research firm eMarketer. Google’s Chromecast will have 30.2 million users and Apple TV will have 20.5 million users in the States, per eMarketer estimates.

Roku Passes 10 Million Mark As Streaming Competition Heats Up

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Roku has sold 10 million streaming players in the US, says CEO Anthony Wood in a blog post today. The milestone is a significant one for the California-based company in a market that by all accounts has tremendous growth potential. The NPD Group in a recent report estimates that 17% of US Internet households owned a streaming media player as of Q2 2014, a figure they predict will rise to 39% by 2017. The two dominant players have long been Apple AAPL +0.33% and Roku, though recently both Google GOOGL -0.01% and Amazon have joined the fray with streaming options of their own.

Sales of 10 million units still places Roku well behind Apple, who this summer boasted of having sold twice that many Apple TVs, even with minimal marketing efforts. Roku has long countered this sales disparity by noting that its users are far more engaged when it comes to actually watching content. Citing NPD survey figures, Roku claims its users are streaming 37 million hours of content per week, compared with just 15 million hours  by Apple TV users.
The Roku 3 player offers more than 1,000 streaming channels in 1080p HD resolution.
The Roku 3 player offers more than 1,000 streaming channels in 1080p HD resolution.
Whether you find sales volume or usage a more compelling statistic, there’s little doubt that the streaming market is about to get even more competitive. Anonymously-sourced reports have described ongoing negotiations between Apple and cable providers as well as content owners in advance of a substantially redesigned Apple TV, one that would merge pay TV and streaming content into a unified interface. A move like this would further solidify the notion that streaming services are a complement to, not a replacement of cable and satellite pay TV services, a crucial distinction that may entice cable companies and the content producers they pay handsomely to make even more shows available via streaming services.
Just last month, Roku announced the fruits of its partnerships with TV manufacturers Hisense and TCL: flatscreens that come with Roku’s hardware built-in, no set-top box required. It’s easy to imagine greater sales and product awareness should Roku manage similar deals with more prominent US brands. Amazon and Google may provide stiff competition though. The low-cost Google Chromecast has, according to NPD, already grabbed 16% of the streaming sales that Apple and Roku had to themselves at this time last year. And Amazon debuted a very impressive Fire TV set-top box this spring that is likely to siphon off additional market share. Amazon steadfastly refuses to release sales figures for its hardware, but said in a Q2 earnings statement, “Fire TV sales have significantly exceeded our sales forecast and we are working hard to increase our manufacturing output.”
Roku’s sales mark is impressive no matter how you slice it, considering the resources of its much larger and deeper-pocketed competitors. We may soon find out though, if the Roku’s popularity can withstand what is becoming an increasingly competitive market.
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Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/amadoudiallo/2014/09/16/roku-passes-10-million-mark-as-streaming-competition-heats-up/#1ee41a866d89

October 8, 2016

XTV and cCloud Some of the Best IPTV Roku Channels Available Today

Never mind Sling TV, XTV and cCloud Roku Channels let you watch a ton of stuff for free!


XTV has live  TV channels, movies, from around the world. It even has a James Bond channel where you can watch all the James Bond movies. This is my new favorite Roku channel. CBS News has amazing high quality.

XTV and cCloud could be the best thing to come to Roku since Roku porn!

IPTV Roku channels

Lately, these two channels have been getting a lot of attention from fans of the Roku media streaming platform. Because these private channels offer something different from the run of the mill public channels that seem to get released every other day in the Roku channel store. Neither channel contains ads, instead, they are loaded with useful live TV streams from many channels you previously could only find on cable.

If you are a Kodi user, you are probably familiar with IPTV streams. Until now finding IPTV live streaming TV channels on Roku have been pretty scarce.

What is IPTV?

After having watched these channels some of you may be reaching for your phones to cancel Sling TV, Playstation Vue or iStreamItAll accounts. Not so fast, the streams on XTV and cCloud come and go. They are not like a commercial streaming TV service. What this means is they may not always be there. Just because you may be watching your favorite show on one of these channels today, does not mean it will necessarily be there the next time you turn the channel on.

Here is the definition of IPTV from Wikipedia:

Internet Protocol television (IPTV) is a system through which television services are delivered using the Internet protocol suite over a packet-switched network such as a LAN or the Internet, instead of being delivered through traditional terrestrial, satellite signal, and cable television formats.

There are so many Internet streams available online. Because the nature of IPTV it's like chasing rainbows, it takes work but when your find good streams it's like finding a pot of gold.

For those that were familiar with the old C-Band satellites, IPTV channels may bring back some memories.

IPTV - Free TV - Live TV Click Here to Find m3u8 Links


XTV is a fantastic Roku channel that has a ton of great content. You can find many full shows and movies you would never expect to see on a Free Roku channel.

Recently XTV even started offering live network TV channels as well. Although while these are not 100% active all the time, this is a huge bonus to Roku owners that can't receive free over the air channels from an antenna. There really is some great content on the XTV channel, and one of our favorites.


Be sure to add it and check it out, you will be very happy you did.

XTV is a Private channel you can add to your Roku Using the Channel Code: XTVIPTV

cCloud TV

This channel contains live IPTV streams from all over the world. It has been in development for a while, but just until recently, it has finally exploded with hundreds of sources of IPTV content. Most are news, and many are in multiple languages.

cCloud is now out of Beta and the final channel is here.

cCloud channel can be added from the link or private channel codes below:

cCloud TV Roku channel
Add cCloud Roku Channel

For those that like to add channels by code, the Final Channel Code is: "cCloudTV"
The cCloud channel is free and offers some great free IPTV content on Roku!


Another New Channel that has iPTV streams of Movies and TV Shows.

Ashok IPTV Roku Channel

If the public channel is geo-blocked in your country:
Use This Private Channel Code: ashokapps 

Ashok Chowdary features both Free and premium content. Premium members can enjoy a wide range of latest Indian, Telugu, Hindi along with some English Movies along with "Live TV". 

Ashok has generously offered all the extra premium content for an unheard of $10 a year annual membership. He is trying to cover the streaming costs associated with the channel and when enough people have joined he will even offer the channel for free. If you want access to the premium channel, send Ashok Chowdary a PM on Facebook

For more great Roku channels, be sure to see: FilmOn and NowhereTV

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The Hassle-Free Guide to Ripping Your Blu-Ray Collection

Blu-Ray may be majestic, but it also has more copy protection than any other format around, and playing it on your computer can be difficult to impossible. Here’s how to rip those movies for glorious HD movies, anywhere you want them.

Apart from its very heavy copy protection, you can only play Blu-Ray discs in a few choice desktop computer programs, most of which cost a lot of money. If you use a Mac, it becomes even more difficult, and it’s pretty much impossible on Linux. Luckily, video encoding has come a long way since the days of grainy, 700MB DVD rips, and you can get high quality Blu-Ray rips that can weigh in anywhere between 4 and 12 GB each, depending on how close to the original source you want them to be. Best of all is that even a 4GB file looks a ton better than those DVD rips, so by ripping your Blu-Rays, you can still get that amazing HD quality on any computer you want—no Blu-Ray drive or expensive software required (you’ll need a Blu-Ray drive to rip them though, of course—but then you’ll be able to play those files anywhere).
Five Best Blu-Ray Playback Suites

There are a lot of different methods for ripping and encoding Blu-Rays, several different encoding programs, and more than a few ripping solutions. We combed through the options to pull together the simplest, working method using the best free programs we could find. In addition, everyone’s preferences on quality and method of encoding are different, so you may prefer some advanced options we do not cover here, but this is intended to be a fairly simple, hassle-free guide for people who want to get the job done. It makes a compromise between being easy to execute without sacrificing too much quality. Also, this method is 100% cross-platform, as both programs are available on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.
What You’ll Need

Unlike a lot of the Blu-Ray guides I’ve stumbled onto, you’ll only need a few things for ours:

    A Blu-Ray Drive. This is pretty obvious; you won’t get far if your computer can’t read Blu-Ray discs. You can get them for as low as $60 now on Newegg if you don’t already have one.

    Previously mentioned MakeMKV for the initial Blu-Ray rip. It’s about the simplest ripper on the market, rips your movie to a high quality MKV file for easy encoding, and is free while in beta (which, so far, has been a very long time). If you have another ripper that just rips the disc in its original format, like AnyDVD HD, that should work just as well, but if you don’t have a program on hand, MakeMKV will do the job brilliantly.
    Handbrake, our favorite (and your favorite) cross platform, open source video encoder. There are a few other programs out there that will encode HD video, and some of them are a bit easier to navigate, most notably Ripbot264. However, I and many others have had problems running this on 64-bit versions of Windows 7, so I decided to go with Handbrake instead. Make sure you’re using the latest version.
    Anywhere from 30 to 60 GB of hard disk space, depending on what you’re ripping. Blu-Rays are big, and we’re going to rip the whole thing to our drive first, so depending on the movie you’re ripping and the quality you want in your final movie file, you’ll need a good amount of space. An external hard drive will work just fine if you have one and don’t have the space on your PC.

That’s it. Unlike using RipBot or other similar methods, you won’t need AviSynth, ffdshow, or any of the other many installations such programs often require. Just download and install MakeMKV and Handbrake (if you don’t have them already) and you’ll be good to go.

Step One: Rip the Movie with MakeMKV

The first thing we’re going to do is rip our movie to our hard drive, which will produce a very large MKV file of your movie at full, 1080p, Blu-Ray quality. It’ll be very large, but we’ll slim it down later, so for right now, don’t worry about how big it is.

Open up MakeMKV and hit the bit “Open Disc” button. It will scan through your disc, which will take a few minutes. When it’s done, it’ll give you a list of the chapters on the disc. Find your movie (usually the longest title) and uncheck all the other boxes. Then, just choose your Output Folder and hit the “Make MKV” button. Usually this’ll take a half hour or so, depending on the size of your disc, but once it’s done you should have a big MKV file waiting for you in the folder you chose.

Step Two: Choose Your Resolution in Handbrake

Now comes the more complicated (but also more fun) part of the process. There are a lot of settings available in Handbrake, and while we won’t delve into all the advanced features it has, you still have some choices to make and some settings to tweak. Most of it is personal preference, but we’ll outline what we recommend for getting the best compromise between quality and space savings on a movie-by-movie basis, so you can fit as many of those HD movies on your hard drive as possible.

The first thing you want to think about (which will affect your output size pretty heavily) is resolution. Blu-Rays are 1080p natively, and by default, Handbrake will keep that resolution. However, you may want to consider toning it down to 720p for some movies. 720p is still HD, but takes up quite a bit less space—in fact, by bringing our test movies down to 720p, I nearly halved the size of the final file. And, if we’re being honest, certain movies just don’t need all those pixels—I love Anchorman as much as anybody, but I don’t need to see Will Ferrel running around cracking jokes in magnificent 1080p. The Dark Knight, on the other hand, probably deserves all the pixels 1080p can offer. It’s up to you to decide which movies you’d like to dedicate an extra few gigs to, but toning the less visually interesting ones down is something I’d highly recommend.

If you’re ripping a movie that deserves 1080p, you can skip this step, because 1080p is the already the default resolution. If you want to change it to 720p, then click on the Picture tab (or the “Picture Settings” button along the top of the HandBrake window, depending on your platform). Set the “Anamorphic” box to “loose” and change the width to 1280. Note that Handbrake crops out the black bars on either side to save some space, so your height will not be 720, but rest assured that it will be what you know as 720p quality. Exit that window and return to HandBrake’s main settings.

Step Three: Set Your Quality Settings and Encode

Next, hit the High Profile preset in the right sidebar and choose your output type. I like MKV; it’s open in nature, supports DTS and AC3 audio, and works great in quite a few media players, including most media center software. Choose H.264 as your video codec and head to the Audio tab. Here, you have a few options depending on the nature of your disc. It will likely be some form of either AC3 (aka Dolby Digital) or DTS—there are a few different versions of each, but for each I recommend choosing the Passthru option for your Audio codec (AC3 Passthru or DTS Passthru). If you choose the DTS-HD or TrueHD track, you’ll get lossless audio, but you can save some space by choosing the regular DTS or AC3 track with very little loss in quality.

Lastly, we’ll pick the quality of our encode. This part is pretty open to experimentation, but it’s pretty widely accepted that doing a constant quality encode is the best option, so select that. I and many others have found that an RF of 18 is the “sweet spot” for Blu-Rays. This setting will give you a file much smaller than your original MKV (around 15% the size, I’ve found), but with quality nearly indiscernible to your eyes from the original. If you have particularly sensitive eyes, you may want it closer to 16, or even 14 for some Blu-Rays. If you tend to not notice minor imperfections, maybe and RF of 20 is more your speed. Again, this is personal preference, and it can depend on the movie too—movies with lots of fast motion and dark scenes will need a higher quality setting—that is, a lower RF—to look good. So, you may have to play with it a bit before you make your final decision. I’ve found a good way to do this is to rip a single scene using MakeMKV, then test that with a few different quality settings in Handbrake before encoding the final movie, since encoding the whole movie can take a long time.

When you’re ready, hit the encode button and let it go to town. It will take a little while, depending on the settings you’ve chosen, so maybe now is a time to kick back with a cold one and, if you’ve already ripped one of your Blu-Rays, watch one (or two or five—seriously, it could take awhile). Once you’ve ripped your movies, you can watch them either in our favorite video players for Windows, Mac, and Linux, or put together a turbo charged XBMC computer for your home theater.

Like I said before, this is certainly not the only way to rip your Blu-Ray discs. A lot of people prefer different programs and settings, but if you’re not a true audio or videophile, these settings should help you upgrade your movie collection to HD without taking terabytes of space. As always, if you have your own favorite methods for ripping HD content, sound off in the comments.

Source: https://lifehacker.com/5559007/the-hassle-free-guide-to-ripping-your-blu-ray-collection

September 30, 2016

I’ve tested over 100 headphones in the past year, and I keep coming back to this $22 pair

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Last month I sang the praises of the Sony MDR-1A, a $300 pair of full-size headphones that’s stood out from the many pairs I’vetested for being smooth-sounding, good-looking, and so very, very comfortable. They’re not the best, but they’re the ones I’d be most likely to buy.
That said, they’re $300 full-size headphones. Anything along those lines isn’t going to be all that portable. Sometimes, it’s good to have a pair of “beaters” on hand — cheap, secondary headphones you can stuff in a bag, toss on quickly, and wear on the go, without having to worry about busting your Very Nice Thing.
I’ve followed this setup for the past few months, and of the many inexpensive, beater-level pairs I’ve had lying around, the Xiaomi Mi In-Ear Headphones Pro have emerged as a personal favorite. Like the MDR-1A, they have a few clear flaws, but they still feel and sound better than I’d expect from a $22 earphone.
The most immediately impressive thing about the Xiaomis is their build. Looks matter less when a headphone is jammed in your head, but the smooth, aluminum finish here is just of a higher quality than the plastic you’ll usually find at this price. Despite that metal, they’re fairly lightweight, and their angled eartips are nice and soft. All of that’s made them a breeze to wear for hours at a time. 
Beyond that, the Kevlar-infused cable has shown no signs of wear after several months of use, and it’s fitted with both a mic and three-button remote. The earpieces isolate plenty of noise, as you’d expect from an in-ear canal pair, and they don’t leak any of their own unless you’re playing at max volume in a quiet room.

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The sound here isn’t as easy to recommend to everyone, but it suits my tastes. It’s one of the cheapest earphones to use separate drivers for treble and mids/bass, which is theoretically supposed to make every part of the signature particularly potent. In reality, the bass and low-mids run the show. 
It’s not that the highs aren’t crisp or detailed — they are, and impressively so — it’s just that the lows are that massive. If a track emphasizes bass, it’s going to be big and bumping. If it doesn’t, the lower bits are still going to get a boost. What this means is that the Xiaomis are very fun with electronic, hip-hop, and poppier rock, and absolutely not for purists. When I’m not in headphone reviewer mode, that’s the stuff I go for, so it works. 
To give you a better idea, I compared the Xiaomis to Apple’s EarPods, which are the closest thing most people have to beater headphones today. As expected, the tighter-fitting Xiaomis sounded much more aggressive, with deeper bass response, a wider soundstage, and more space to capture fine detail. That bass was boomier with more subdued tracks, but again, if you fit the same niche as me, you’ll probably enjoy how hard-hitting the whole thing is. 
I’m not the first person to praise the Mi In-Ear Headphones Pro — reviewers from CNETThe Verge, and VentureBeat have shared similar sentiments. Try the RHA S500 if you’d prefer a brighter sound, or the Panasonic ErgoFit RP-TCM125 if you just want to pay as little as possible, but for $22, this is a higher-grade everyday companion than the price suggests.

Xiaomi Mi Hybrid In-Ear Headphones, $21.49, available at Amazon.
This article was originally published on 4/21/2016. Prices have been updated. 
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September 29, 2016

9 Tools to Easily Rip Your DVDs & Blu-Rays to Your Computer

It’s becoming very common these days for people to “back up” their DVDs and Blu-Rays onto their computer. This despite the fact that the exact legality for making backups is murky at best. But my own personal opinion is that “if you own it, you can do what you want with it”. Watch it, burn it, eat it, use it as a frisbee in the park, whatever.

But how do you do it? Which programs are the best at ripping those disks? Which ones eat copy protection for breakfast? Here are nine free tools to consider.


Intuitive cross-platform tool to rip DVDs and Blu-Rays.

I have previously written about MakeMKV, where I showed my love for this app. It is simply a case of entering the disk, and then point and click. Don’t touch the other settings unless you absolutely know what you are doing. Choose whether you want subtitles or not. Choose your language. Deselect everything you don’t need. Then let MakeMKV do its work. DVDs are very fast (normally no more than 10 minutes) and Blu-Rays range from 30 minutes to a couple of hours, depending on the length of the movie, and the extras you want.

The one downside is that you are then going to end up with enormous files if you rip a Blu-Ray (up to around 6GB is common). But this is a crystal-clear copy of the disk. For archiving purposes, it is perfect. However, if space is tight, you can convert it to MP4 or AVI formats, which will shrink the file considerably (and in some cases, the picture and audio quality will suffer).



A versatile cross-platform and open source application that supports multiple output formats and can also convert files.

This leads me neatly to Handbrake. You can use Handbrake for converting those big MKV files into MP4 files, and you can also directly burn DVD and Blu-Ray disks to MP4 or MKV. Choose a profile, depending on what device you are ripping for (iPod, iPad, normal, etc), decide if you want the subtitles, then hit Start. The other settings should be left alone, unless you know exactly what you are doing.
The software is cross-platform, free, and open-source. Plus it is in continual development, so it has the potential to get better and better.

Freemake Video Converter


A great Windows tool to not only rip discs, but also convert and merge files.

Freemake (our Freemake review) is one of my favorites, because it has never once screwed up anything I have thrown at it. You just need to insert the disk, point Freemake towards the disk’s folder, decide what format you want it converted to, and Bob’s your uncle. You can even join up files to have one big merged file. Videos can also be converted to Flash or HTML5, as well as MP3.

One great feature is when you rip it to become a DVD, you can also add a menu with clickable chapter titles.

WinX DVD Ripper


Will convert your DVDs to various outputs, including mobile ready file formats.

I was lucky enough to get a hold of a free copy of the paid Platinum version, when they did a promotion a few months back. But for most people, the free version will more than suffice.
The free version will rip a DVD to MP4, WMV, AVI, FLV, MOV, MPEG, H.264, iPhone, iPod, Apple TV, Android, Samsung, HTC, and PSP. It can also rip copy-protected DVDs as far back as Windows XP.
The Platinum version will do all that, as well as rip a DVD to an ISO file, rip the disk in 10 minutes, as well as allowing cropping, trimming, and subtitles. It is a worthy contender to Handbrake and Freemake.



Rips Blu-Rays to ISO files on Windows and Mac.

Aurora is free cross-platform (Windows & Mac) software which focuses on Blu-Rays only. It will burn the Blu-Ray disk into an ISO file, and then burn the ISO file onto blank disks (if you want to do that part). It claims it can “easily decrypt any type of Blu-Ray”, and when I tested it on a Blu-Ray of mine, the conversion was indeed very fast.

Aurora too claims that it can work on Windows computers as old as XP (SP2). On a Mac, it will work on computers operating OS X 10.6.



Windows tool to rip DVDs to ISO files.

As the name suggests, CloneDVD….well…clones your DVD disk. After inserting it into your hard-drive, choose which chapters you want copied, choose your language, whether you want subtitles, and off you go. Once the file, in DVD format, has been copied to your computer, you can then burn the ISO to a blank DVD disk, use software like Handbrake to turn it into a simple MP4 file, or mount the ISO file on your computer using a virtual drive.

They also have versions of the software for Blu-Ray disks, and for mobile devices.

DVD Shrink


Windows application to compress DVD rips into more compact files.

DVD Shrink is so called because one of its main “selling points” is that it will shrink the size of the burned file for you. A standard DVD-R disk is 4.7 GB, and sometimes you will find that your burned file exceeds this size. So DVD Shrink will compress the data from the original disk, to make the file as small as possible.
You can also make a compilation from one or more source disks, as well as discarding any parts you don’t need. It will burn and shrink to WMV, AVI, MP4, MOV, and MKV format. It is free of charge, for Windows only, and they invite donations to keep the project going.

VLC Player


Famous for playing any file, this open source and cross-platform program can also burn DVDs.

Who around here needs any introduction to VLC Player? No I didn’t think so. VLC Player has rightfully earned a reputation for being able to play virtually anything you can throw at it. I haven’t yet found a file it couldn’t handle, and that is just remarkable. But did you know VLC also burned DVD disks?

As you can see from the image above, choose what you want converted, select No disc menus (if you don’t want them), point VLC to the disk location on your hard drive, then click Convert/Save. Ripping can take quite some time, though. Some users have reported it taking up to two hours. Whereas something like MakeMKV or Freemake can do it in 15-20 minutes.



A Windows only open source DVD ripping tool that can rip a batch of titles at the same time, audio only, or specific segments.

DVDFab is also a ripping app which has received a lot of positive praise from friends. As well as ripping disks to the usual formats, it can also rip only the audio. So if you are after a piece of music for your iPhone/iPod, then DVD Fab can grab it for you. Batch conversion allows you to rip more than one title at a time, and the whole software is run on open-source code.

Specify exactly the start point and end point that you want converted in a disk (which is great for music concerts), and you can also automatically crop the screen to show what you want.
There are obviously many more ripping tools out there, but these are the 8 which I personally like or have had recommended to me by friends. In case your favorite is not on the list, please let us know about it in the comments below and tell us what is so good about it.Source: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/9-tools-easily-rip-dvds-blu-rays-computer/

September 22, 2016

Watch Live TV on Roku with these channels

Here's How to Watch Live TV On Roku

These are 12 of the best channels for watching Roku Live TV!

Cord cutters you can still watch live TV on Roku once you quit your expensive paid TV provider. 

If you have access to a cable or satellite account, one of the best ways to watch many of the same channels you had on Cable TV or Satellite is to see our complete Roku Cable TV Channels Guide.

Roku Has Some Great Free Channels For Watching Live TV!

Watch Nowhere TV Roku channel

Nowhere TV Roku Channel 

Why it Rocks: NowhereTV has been around a long time and is still one of our most watched Roku channels. This channel is filled with a lot of great content. If you are a News show fan, you will love Nowhere TV. They feature some live content like Adult Swim, plus a few other IPTV sources.

This private Roku channel is Free, although the developer would be glad to accept donations. It's constantly updated and even though it is a private channel, it as good or better than many public channels you will find on Roku.

Be sure to take a look at the Nowhere TV channel, you won't be sorry.

ADD IT HERE: Channel Code: H9DWC

Add Nowhere TV

Watch XTV Live TV Roku channel

XTV Live TV Roku Channel 

Why it Rocks: XTV is probably one of the first channels you should add to your Roku. It has an unbelievable amount of live and on-demand content and right now is probably one of the most popular private Roku channels.

While this channel is Free, the XTV developer is also gladly accepting donations. Well worth it as this channel does an excellent job of keeping all the content updated. In fact, almost every day there is something new added.

With IPTV, it's normal to see some live TV channels to come and go. This is something you need to learn to expect when dealing with free private Roku channels versus paid live TV streaming services like some of the premium subscription channels that we will cover down the list.



Watch FilmOn Live TV Roku Channel

FilmOn Roku Channel 

Why it Rocks: FilmOn is another channel that also has lots of great live TV content. They carry much of the BBC programming and although some of it is Geo-Blocked in the U.S.A. there is quite a lot of other content to choose from.

Here is another FilmOn Private Roku channel which includes a nice channel guide. Learn more about it and be sure to also add this one... here

FilmOn is a must add channel for those looking to watch Live TV on their Roku.

ADD IT HERE: Channel Code: NMEVA

Add FilmOn

Watch Pluto TV on Roku

Pluto TV Roku Channel 

Why it Rocks: While there is really quite a lot of on-demand content on Pluto TV, this channel also contains a small live TV section. These are mostly News shows from Newsmax, Sky News, MSNBC and also a few others.


Add Pluto TV

Channel PEAR Live TV on Roku

channel PEAR IPTV 

Why it Rocks: Channel PEAR is a live IPTV channel that lets you choose from a large list of community provided Live TV Channels. Much like Kodi and Plex this channel gives Roku owners full control on how to customize the channel with preferred content.

The free version only lets you choose from 5 sources and can only be used on one device. A paid account gives you unlimited sources to add and costs $3 a month. It will also work with any number of devices.

You first need to create an account on their website, choose your sources and link your Roku to your account. Visit website: channelpear.com

New sources can also be added from m3u links found online or from Our Custom Search Engine.

TIP: If you are having trouble linking the channel to your Roku, make sure you did not install it on another device or the link code won't come up.

ADD IT HERE: Roku Channel Code: channelpear

Add channel PEAR

Watch News ON

News ON Roku Channel 

Why it Rocks: If your Local News Station is a provider News On, is a great way to catch up on your local news without an Antenna.

Not all stations are affiliated. For a much more complete list of News stations... See our Local News Channels Guide!


Add News ON

Want Reliable Full Live TV Channels Without Interruptions?

If you want to watch live TV on Roku that is 100% reliable, a paid streaming TV channel is often the best way to go.

While most of the Free Roku channels mentioned above are great, content comes and goes and is not always as reliable as a paid live TV streaming service.

Sling TV and Playstation Vue offer cord cutters a lot of the same content and user experience as subscribing to cable TV or satellite package. They even cost less than a cable TV or satellite sub so they will still save you some money.

Sling TV Roku Channel

Sling TV Channel 

Why it Rocks: Full Live TV on Roku is now possible with Sling TV starts at only $20 a month for a Cable light package of channels. Additonal channel packages can also be added as well for $5 more.

See our Sling TV Full viewing guide for a list of channels and packages available.
Sling also offers a long list of many Streaming Only International Channels you can subscribe to without a Dish or expensive equipment to buy... See Sling International Channels!


Add Sling TV

Sling Live TV on Roku Channel

PlayStation Vue 

Why it Rocks: At $29 a month Playstation Vue does cost more than Sling TV and does not offer as many channel packages. You can choose from three channel tiers and each one increases the price.

Playstation Vue does offer a better streaming user experience and also comes with a DVR which is very nice for pausing, fast forwarding through commercials and time-shifting live TV programs.

See our Playstation Vue channel guide for a list of channels and packages available.

ADD IT HERE: Compare PlayStation Vue to Sling TV

Add Playstation Vue

USTV Now Roku Channel

USTVNow Live TV 

Why it Rocks: You can install a free trial to this channel on your Roku and watch Free Live TV channels for 45 days. It will give you a good idea of what live streaming TV from their channel is like before you sign up. It was designed to be used for service members overseas but it works great inside the U.S.A provided you follow our instructions when signing up.

See our USTV Now Channels Guide for a list of channels and packages available.
Remember - The USTVNow channel requires a few extra steps to install correctly... See How to Install USTVNow!



Roku Live TV Subscription Sports Channels

Sports can now be watched live and on-demand on Roku with these stand alone Roku channels. They all require a monthly fee but can replace some of the Sports content you may really be missing. Here is a long list of Free Sports Channels you can also add to your Roku.

Watch NFL Now on Roku

NFL Now Roku Channel 

Why it Rocks: NFL Fans now you can catchup and watch your favorite teams with the NFL Now Roku channel.

Get the latest scores, view game highlights or watch selcted games live. All viewers can watch their full live stream video feed.


Add NFL Now

Watch ESPN on Roku

ESPN Roku Channel 

Why it Rocks: Get access to many Live Sports with the ESPN Roku channel. Now for the bad news, you will need a cable provider or need to subscribe to Sling TV to access this channel on Roku. Also, be sure to try XTV or Channel Pear and you may be able to find some Live streams if you absolutly don't want to subscribe to Sling TV just to watch ESPN.



Watch Fubo TV on Roku

Fubo TV Roku Channel 

Why it Rocks: Soccer Fans Fubo TV is the Roku channel for you. Subscribe for $9.99 a month and watch your favorite teams and leagues play from all over the world.

Not all leagues are available click here for more details.


Add Fubo TV

Watch MLB, NBA and NHL TV on Roku


Why it Rocks: MLB, NBA and NHL are all channels that can be added to watch live sports on Roku. Blackout Rules Apply. Click here for an easy way to get around these rules to watch local games.

Premium Roku Sports streaming channels must all be subscribed to seperatly and this can really get quite expensive. Check out these money saving tips to stream NBA TNT Overtime.

ADD Them All Here:

Add MLB   Add NBA TV   Add NHL

Get our Free Roku Channels & TvStreamin Remote Control

This Adult Roku Channel Features Live Shows

Source: https://mkvxstream.blogspot.com/2016/09/watch-live-tv-on-roku-mkvxstream.html

September 21, 2016

10 Clever Tricks for Your Roku

We love the Roku here at MakeUseOf. The company’s series of digital media players are currently revolutionizing how we access, watch, and interact with video content on our televisions.

Whether you want to stream the latest news, keep abreast of the weather forecast, or watch music videos from your favorite bands, Roku devices will let you do it.
They’re incredibly easy to set up and use, but you may not know that there are lots of little tips and tricks that will vastly improve your experience. Here are 10 of the best.

1. Private Channels

We have covered private Roku channels extensively in the past. There are lots to choose from, providing you with everything from 24-hour rolling news to classic films.
Adding them is easy: just grab the necessary code from the channel’s homepage, Reddit, or an aggregator site, navigate to your Roku online portal, and click Add Channel. It will become available on your device within 24 hours, and often a lot sooner.
It’s important to realize that these channels are maintained by hobbyists and enthusiasts – and, as such, they are liable to be buggy or stop functioning altogether. Nonetheless, they are a fantastic way of expanding the content available to you and helping you cut the cord in order to save money.

2. Secret Menus

The secret menus are probably the biggest “secret” on this entire list.
They are primarily used for accessing the system’s root settings and altering them to your liking. For example, you can force an update of your device’s software, cycle through the various channel stores, optimize your Wi-Fi settings, or enable the developer mode.
Interestingly, they also allow you to side-load one channel (yes, you can only have one installed at a time). This is great if a mainstream channel, such as Netflix, isn’t available in your region.
Here is a list of currently-working secret menus, though new ones are discovered often:
Home x 5 + FF x 3 + RW x 2: Secret screen one (factory reset, USB test, cycle channel store, update server/software, enable debug)
Home x 5 + U + R + D + L + U: Secret screen two (cycle screenshot, cycle ad-banner, remote auto-pair, log theme info)
Home x 5 + U + D + U + D + U: Wi-Fi secret screen
Home x 5 + FF + PP + RW + PP + FF: Platform secret screen
Home x 5 + FF + D + RW + D + FF: Antenna secret screen
Home x 5 + RW x 3 + FF x 2: Bitrate override
Home x 3 + U x 2 + R + L + R + L + R: Developer settings
Home x 3 + U x 2 + L + R + L + R + L: Channel info
Home x 5 + R + L + R + L + R: Network info
Home x 5 + U + RW x 2 + FF x 2: Reboot Device
Warning One: Messing with these settings could have adverse effects on your device – proceed with caution.
Warning Two: These could stop working with future software updates.

3. Use Your Phone as a Keyboard

The Roku remote is perfect for navigating between channels and playing/pausing videos – but it’s really annoying to use when you need to type anything.
That’s a problem when you need to add login details for Netflix or Spotify, enter your Wi-Fi password, or otherwise engage with your device. Thankfully, Roku makes a great smartphone app for Android and iOS, as well as an app for Windows.
These apps let you use your phone as a keyboard, use Roku Search to find content, and control video playback.

4. Use a USB Stick

The Roku 3 and Roku 4 come equipped with a USB port. This means that if your TV doesn’t have a USB port, or it does have one but it’s awkward to reach, you can still enjoy media that’s saved on portable devices (only MKV, MP4, and MOV video files are supported).

To use it, you’ll need to install the Roku Media Player channel from the Channel Store. Once that’s done, plug in your USB stick, fire up the channel, and use the remote to navigate to the content you want.

5. PIN Protect Your Account

Roku boxes don’t have typical parental controls, but there is still a way to protect your kids from adding unsavory content.

Login to your portal and click on Choose Your PIN Preferences at the top of the screen. You can choose to be presented with a PIN request either when you make purchases or any time a new channel is added (even free ones).
Unfortunately, it does not work when adding content directly from the Web portal, though as long as you have a strong password, that scenario is easy to defend against.

6. Rename Your Roku

Once you have a Roku in your home, it’s tempting to add another. And another. And another. This is especially true if you own several TVs and want the device’s functionality on all of them.
In this case, it’s really important to rename your devices to something logical (think “Kitchen,” “Lounge,” “Harry’s Bedroom,” etc.).
This makes things much easier to manage when adding new channels from a single portal, when using the app, or when you want to cast a video directly from your smartphone to a particular TV.
It’s also extremely easy to do. Just log in to your account, scroll down to the list of devices, and click Add a New Name.

7. Reorder Your Channels

It’s easy to get carried away with adding channels; you can quickly end up with a list that’s spiraling out of control.
Naturally, there will be some channels that you use more than others. It makes sense, therefore, to move these channels to the top of your list or to group together channels with a similar theme.
To move channels around, use the remote to highlight the one in question, press the star on the remote, and choose Move Channel.

8. Stream Your Computer Screen Over Miracast

Another seriously underused Roku feature is its ability to stream your desktop from your computer directly onto your TV. It removes the need for HDMI cables and functions flawlessly.

This feature works using Miracast technology. Sadly, that means Mac users cannot take advantage. However, if you’re on Windows 10, search for Project to a Second Screen, click on Connect to a Wireless Display, and select your desired Roku device.

9. Add Extra Memory

Roku devices have a limited memory. Which, if you’re a channel junkie, means you’re eventually going to hit your storage limit and be unable to add more content.
However, if you own a set top box (rather than a streaming stick), you can add a MicroSD card. Just push it into the slot and follow the on-screen instructions.
Note: MicroSD cards can only be used for storing extra channels – they do not offer a way to store personal media.

10. Add a Screensaver

The final tip on this list involves setting up a screensaver; it’s much nicer than watching the Roku logo bounce around your TV screen whenever the device is idle.

There are hundreds to choose from; most are free, but some cost anything up to $2 apiece. You’ll definitely be able to find something to suit your tastes – whether you want to watch fish swimming around an aquarium, recreate the illusion of a roaring fireplace, or get live news updates from your favorite sites.

What Roku Tips Can You Share?

This article has hopefully given you some insight into the power of your Roku. It’s so much more than Netflix and YouTube, it really can become the hub of your home entertainment.
Of course, we’ve only listed 10 tips. Seasoned Roku users will undoubtedly have lots more tips and suggestions up their sleeves.
If you’ve got some tricks that we haven’t covered, we’d love to hear about them. You’ll be helping out both ourselves and your fellow readers. As always, you can leave your ideas, suggestions, and thoughts in the comments below.

Source: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/10-clever-tricks-roku/

September 6, 2016

20 Private Roku Channels You Should Install Right Now

Roku is a brand of digital media players that can stream a near-endless amount of TV and video on demand.
They come in a variety of different models and specifications, but at their core they all operate in the same way: you add channels and watch the content you want. For this reason they’re a vital weapon in a cord-cutters armory.

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There are actually two sources of channels. One is the Streaming Channels library on the device itself. Sure, there is more than enough in there to keep you entertained, but the Roku really comes into its own when you start adding private channels.

In this article we explain how to add private channels to your Roku, and recommend 20 of the best that we think you should install immediately.

How Do You Add Private Channels?Before you can add a private channel to your Roku box you’ll need two things:

  1. The channel’s code (we have included the codes in our list below).
  2. A Roku account (they can be set up for free on the Roku website).
Once you have the code and have created an account, it’s easy to then start adding channels.

Head to your account portal and click Add a Channel. Insert the code, accept the on-screen confirmation, and you’re done. Yes, it really is that easy.
The channel should immediately appear at the bottom of the channel list on your Roku’s home-screen. If it doesn’t, you can force a refresh by going to Settings > System > System Update > Check Now on the device.
So, now you know how to add channels, you just need to know which channels to add…


1. Nowhere TV (H9DWC)

Nowhere TV is the quintessential private Roku channel. It has been running since 2010 and is the most-subscribed-to private channel by some distance. Cut the Cord Forever With These 15 TV Streaming Channels Cut the Cord Forever With These 15 TV Streaming Channels Cable TV is in decline, as the internet provides cheap, on-demand entertainment. Here are 15 of the best TV streaming services to help you cut the cord. Read More


It streams live TV and free-to-air channels from around the world. The channel line-up varies from time-to-time, but at the moment you can watch entertainment from most local Fox channels, government/politics channels like C-SPAN, and news from NBC and CBS, as well as lots more.


2. FilmOn (NMEVA)

FilmOn needs no introduction. It’s an Internet-based television service which licenses more than 600 global channels along with 90,000 video-on-demand titles. Watch Live TV Online, For Free, With FilmOn Watch Live TV Online, For Free, With FilmOn Watch TV, on your computer – without the need for an antenna, TV card or subscription. FilmOn is a free service offering a wide variety of TV channels in the US and UK. Read More
It’ll give you access to the complete range of over-the-air UK TV channels, as well as a selection of other offerings that range from the incredible (“FilmOn Classic Films”) to the ridiculous (“UFO News”!).


If you create an account, you can also record one hour of video to playback at your leisure.


3. iTunes Podcasts (ITPC)

This channel will let you browse, add, and listen to the entire iTunes Podcast Directory directly from your Roku. 5 Places to Discover New Podcasts That You'll Love 5 Places to Discover New Podcasts That You'll Love Love the idea of podcasts, but have no idea where to get started? Here are five sites that can help you find the best podcasts on the planet. Read More
It’s surprisingly full-featured; it supports multiple search filters, playback recall, and favorites.



4. Television Shopping (TVS)

Admit it – there is something strangely addictive about watching wannabe big-shot presenters on QVC and ShopNBC trying to sell you food processors and exercise equipment.
You can enjoy hours of their attempts with this channel.




5. Dr. Bill Bailey Netcasts (DrBillTV)

Dr. Bill Bailey describes himself as a “computer curmudgeon”. He takes a regular look at all things tech, including the Internet, computers, handheld devices, and cloud computing.


Best of all, he serves it all up with a healthy dose of humor!


6. Saveur Magazine (Saveur)

If gourmet food and drink is your thing, you’ll probably already know about Saveur Magazine. It’s packed with recipes, cooking tips, travel food, and articles about culinary traditions. Love Food & Healthy Recipes? Check Out These Windows 8 Apps 

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Downloading this channel will deliver the magazine’s best video content straight to your device.




7. Cowboy Classics (cowboy)

Are you addicted to John Wayne, Butch Cassidy, and Tonto? The Cowboy Classics channel features hundreds of old westerns that’ll keep you going for months.'



8. My Channels (MyChannels)

My Channels is a bit different to the other channels we’ve looked at so far. Its primary purpose is to help you keep your channel list organized. It’s a great idea – channel lists can quickly get out of control when you add a lot of content.


Features include the ability to group channels and to add favorites, as well as allowing for more channels to be displayed on a screen at any one time.


9. Great Chefs (greatchefs)

Great Chefs is a cooking show that used to be on PBS. It has been discontinued, but you can find all the episodes in one place on this channel.
You’ll be better than Gordon Ramsey in no time!


10. Popular Science (Popular Science)

Popular Science is at the cutting edge of technological and scientific news. Whether it’s 3D printing or self-driving cars, you can tune in and stay abreast of all the latest goings-on. 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping: Future or Fad? 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping: Future or Fad? What went through your mind the first time you saw 3D printing in action? Did you think, "Hey that's moderately cool"? Or did you think, "Wow. I could build ANYTHING with that!" Read More
All the videos are in short and digestible chunks, so it’s perfect to dip in and out of.



11. Neon Party Games (H2CLHP)

Neon Party Games does exactly what you’d expect, offering a selection of fun games that can be played by an unlimited number of people via your Roku box.
Download the accompanying smartphone app to use as the in-game controller.
(Note: the channel is still in beta, so could be occasionally buggy).




12. Al Jazeera (aljazzeraenglish)

Streaming a 24/7 feed of the Qatari network’s English-language news channel, this is probably the best and most reliable of the all the news channels.
Unfortunately, it is geo-blocked for U.S.-based users, but if you’re located elsewhere you can watch this at your leisure.
(Note: the channel code is not a typo!)



13. Dream Catchers Multimedia (XRGPXN)

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This is a brand new channel. It only went live on February 18 – but it’s already got rave reviews. More and more new content is being added every day.



14. Capital TV (capitaltv)

Capital TV brands itself as being the UK’s premier hit music station. That’s certainly debatable, but either way this is a live stream of their TV channel, with 24/7 music videos that’ll keep your partying until the small hours. From MTV to YouTube: A Brief History of Music Videos From MTV to YouTube: A Brief History of Music Videos While music videos are mostly viewed on YouTube these days, this is only the latest stage in the evolution of a medium that can be as elaborate as film and as personal as photos. Read More



15. Space Time (CN6MRTG)

The NASA channel in the Streaming Channels library is one of the best stations available, but this private channel takes it to a whole new level.
It features some video content from NASA and from all of the other world’s space agencies, and it’s all neatly categorized into Featurettes, Deep Sky, Solar System, Space Travel, Historical, and Astrophysics.




16. Goats Live (GoatsLive)

No, this isn’t a joke – it really is a channel about live goats.
Sure, it sounds ridiculous, but bear in mind that it was recently listed in EarthCam’s “25 Most Interesting Webcams of 2015”. There is also an accompanying YouTube channel.
As one viewer said, you simply “can’t get enough of goats in a tree”.



17. Wilderness TV (fl821095)

Sticking with the theme of the outdoors, the Wilderness Channel features live videos from the National Parks Service and Parks Canada, as well as masses of TV content about the North American countryside.
It also includes occasional survival videos.



18. Update My Channels (UpdateMyChannels)

Update My Channels is another admin-based channel. If you install lots of private content, it can be annoying to either wait 24-hours or perform a power cycle just to get them to show up on your channel list.
This removes the hassle – open the channel and it will refresh your entire list. Simple!



19. Silent Movie Channel (ROLLEM)

We live in an age of crash-bang-wallop Hollywood blockbusters and big-budget cinema. Wouldn’t it be nice to return to the golden olden days?
Well, maybe not. But you can at least see what those days were like with this channel. It features hundreds of silent movies, featuring everyone from Charlie Chaplin to Greta Garbo.



20. Relax Time (VRQHQ)

Is day-to-day life all getting a bit too much? Do you wish you were relaxing on a tropical island somewhere? Sadly, Roku isn’t quite advanced enough to physically transport you there, but it CAN mentally transport you there.
This channel features loops of turquoise waters, palm trees, and gentle waves – as well as some other genial environments.

What Are Your Favorite Channels?

Those are our pick for the top 20 private Roku channels, but there are thousands more available.
The important thing to realise is that Roku private channels have something for everyone. If you’re not using them, you’re seriously limiting the enjoyment you can get out of your device and limiting its potential.
If you want to do some more of your own research and discover some different content, head to rokuchannels.tv or rokuguide.com and check out their regularly-updated lists.

Which private channels do you watch every day? How do you discover new ones? Let us know all your tips, recommendations, and thoughts in the comments below.Source: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/private-roku-channels-install-now/