Full Featured Roku App?

I am just curious if a fully featured Roku App is anywhere on your roadmap? I know the current app which is seriously outdated :slight_smile: does LiveTV and recordings, but it would be awesome if it did grid style epg and allowed for the same feature parity as appletv, Aftv, etc.

There’s an older Channels app for Roku?

The Roku app was nothing more than an experiment and has never been considered a sanctioned Channels release. We don’t provide support for it and it hasn’t had a single improvement in a year.

Without native MPEG2 support, we cannot support Roku as a platform. The only way to get video to play on it is with transcoding, which requires extra software like our Channels DVR server. This means a stand alone Channels app isn’t possible.

We don’t love the requirement of transcoding locally inside your home. It’s why we made Channels, so you didn’t have to wait for your TV channels to start up.

If anything changes for the Roku platform in the future we will reconsider the platform.

Rumor has it that the Ultra and Streaming Stick + might have some sort of un-supported support of MPEG2

Got any links to these rumors?


There is the first one I found…there is another one floating around I would have to find.

It has been hit or miss but there have been some people who can play hdhomerun channels using Roku Media Player

1 Like


I just tried playing OTA and PTV on my ultra and it worked… kinda. PTV played without a problem at all. However, my OTA channels would play with no sound. Also, I noticed that the quality of the picture was better than my FireTV.

It might be worth looking into the Roku again. Maybe they’re changing their thoughts about which formats to support.

Here's an interesting bit of this article- please get Channels working on newer Rokus if possible. Silicon Dust sure seems to not care (about Roku or Apple TV!)

Every year, I’ve asked HDHomeRun about potential support for Roku players, and every year, the answer has become more encouraging. In 2017, the company said a Roku app was unlikely to happen due to Roku’s refusal to license MPEG-2, which HDHomeRun uses to stream at full broadcast quality. Last year, Head pointed out that the MPEG-2 patents had expired, perhaps paving the way for Roku support in the future.

As of last fall, all Roku players running OS 9 support MPEG-2, which Head says is a precursor to a proper Roku app. Still, he’s not committing to any time frame, and SiliconDust clearly has a lot on its plate already. When I asked a follow-up question via email, Head seemed a little less certain than he did during CES.

“We continue to investigate a native Roku app and will work through any limitations to ensure an HDHomeRun-approved experience with minimal channel change or AV issues,” he said.

In the meantime, there is a workaround: Using the Roku Media Player app, you can select “All,” and then choose “HDHomeRun DMS” from the media device list. You can then tune to any live channel through the “Channels” folder. It’s not pretty, and there’s no guide data, but it’s supposed to work. (That said, I’ve tried this at home with both an HDHomeRun Extend and HDHomeRun Connect, and have only gotten video with no audio.)

We don't have plans for a full featured Roku app.

Even though Roku has added support for mpeg2, it doesn't work very well. If you have a PRIME, the videos don't play at all. For other HDHRs, video will play but takes more than 10s to buffer first. Audio may or may not work, and if it's an 1080i channel then it may not deinterlace which results in horrible video quality.

See also NEW: Roku app for Channels DVR (experimental)

for some history.

In particular (one of the more recent dev comments):

I can tell you, as an ex-developer, myself, that something about which you cannot get excited tends to get little, if any, attention, unless you have a boss hounding you to get it done :wink:

(As an aside: Roku joining the ranks of censors of "disagreeable" content means I won't own one again.)

Since Roku is the only way I watch TV any more, Channels DVR doesn't help me much. I'd use it if there were a decent Roku app. Without it, I will cancel my trial subscription.