Last week was a busy week for Roku. There were over 40 channels added. You may notice something different about our guide today. We have decided to remove the Add channel link. You can still add the channel from our site. All you have to do is click on the icon for the selected channel. Enjoy.
This is a channel for hunting enthusiast. It features a collection of decently produced webisodes that take viewers out into the great wide open. Would not recommend the channel to Peta people, but it is a good resource for those who want to learn more about deer hunting.
This is part of what appears to be a new trend on Roku, which has long been a place to find public domain movies. This is a collection of silent movies complete with music and captions. It is a real time capsule. I would hardly go see a silent movie version of the Avengers but from a historical perspective its kind of fascinating to see the old film making style in action. Features a section of who else Charlie Chaplin.
Decent collection of public domain movies. I ran across some old science fiction stuff I had never noticed. Maybe I just missed it on other channels of the same sort but the layout is simple to navigate and selection is strong for this type of channel. Plan 9 from Outer Space included of course. It’s the Netflix of public domain films.
Trauma Recovery University
This is a collection of videos meant to help victims of abuse from home. They appear to be done via skype or another video chat program. Some of the information looks very practical. Though it is not not a substitute for outright counseling.
Christian Movie Channel
This channel did not have any actual Christian movies. There is a collection of Movie trailers, Interviews with Christian movie actors but no films. I don’t know if there is some sort of intention to start including them at a later date. Rolling out a channel like this is a big mistake. There is an audience for Christian movies and TV shows but companies need to stop over promising and under delivering.
Clayton Shepherd Ministries
Channel features 82 sermons by Shepherd as well as a collection of prayers to address various subjects. The channel is organized by sermon subject and is easy to navigate. Wondered why the Weekly Sermon Archive stops in November. With a little updating this could be a decent channel for its genre.
Word game like hangman except missing the work gets fish caught. Bad if you are a fish good if you are hungry. Typical simple Roku game. Most of them make the special remote seem like overkill.
Dam Its Good
Collection of comedy videos including a number of musical parodies. There are a number or celebrity impersonations. A lot of the content reminds of the stuff on the YouTube channel Epic Rap Battles of History. Good fun for a slow day.
This channel sounds like it would be better than it is. Pretty women funny pranks. How could it go wrong. The problem is the reaction of the audience. Most people just don’t seem to get it. They are not scared enough, shocked enough and so on. To me the reaction is the fun part of the joke.
Small collection of scare and social experiment pranks based on the YouTube channel of the same name. I have a weakness for the scary pranks. I hope that does not make me a bad person. I don’t know how these guys don’t get hurt in these situations. See clowns jump out of dark corners and terrorize random victims.
LA Dodgers centric channel chocked full of player interviews along with baseball tips from pro tips for you. Kind of an uneven channel that should really be branded as a Dodgers channel more so than a general subject channel.
The Platoon of Power Squadron
This is a bit different. It is a collection of episodes from a web series featuring a poor man’s justice league. There are 8 episodes overall and each is broken up in to multiple segments of about 5 minutes.
nice collection of Indian recipes with Bhavna taking us step by step through the preparation of a number of scrumptious recipes. What you lose in YouTube styled cooking shows often is the preparation steps. She adds chopped potatoes but you don’t see how to cut them etc. So unfortunately you can not turn on the TV and follow along.
Message of Change
Message of change is like a one on one at home Bible Study. Each verse is broken down in detail with commentary and relevant information about meaning and context. Could be a tool for personal education or even act as a guide for a group. Appears to be a work in progress not all books of the Bible are represented.
A-verse-by-verse breakdown of the Bible but only the book of Zacharia and the Book of Mark. This channel obviously has a lot of growing to do. Will it be fruitful and multiply. If you add it I guess you will find out.
Shout Factory TV
This channel has a lot to offer including a large collection of MSTK3 movies 32, Classic TV Shows like Dennis the Menace and a wide selection of rather lesser known movies including some apparent late-night fare.
MT Movie Trailers
A collection of old movie trailers. I guess they felt the need to make up for not having YouTube, Flixter and others. The clips are clear and restored. You will have a chance to relive a bit of your childhood and maybe even your parents childhood.
Full Screen Selects
This channel collects curated YouTube clips from some of the more humorous independent creators on the web. It is nicely organized in to categories. Popular, Entertainment, Comedy, Series, Screw Attack (all game humor) and Prank videos. It is a great place to check out trending amusements.
There are two channels called babes this week. They have almost identical content. I flipped a coin and chose to share a review of this one. This is pretty much a celeb gossip clip collection. Watch out though it could develop in to guilty pleasure.
This is neat stuff for historians. It is a large collection of newsreels, the current events news information shorts that used to play before full features at the movie theaters before TV News was king. Combine this with one of the old movies on movie club and you can imagine you travelled through time, until you realize you are watching it on an HD TV and getting the video from a computer the size of your fist.
Nope not that Barak. He can be on TV whenever he wants. This is a Christian educational channel of sorts. There is a stunningly uneven collection of videos from a variety of sources along with a live feed of Barak TV that I never managed to see in action.
The Gardening Channel
This is a channel with some very practical information on you guessed it gardening. Some of us have green thumbs and some of us have fumble hands. Checking out these videos may help change the shade of skin on those hands a bit. My only criticism is that there could and should be a lot more.
Arts and Crafts Channel
15 videos that help teach origami and Jewelry making. The channels designers share where to get the materials used in the designs which is a nice touch. Not very much content here though.
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Travel Tourism Channels
These channels are blocked together because each is essentially the same concept with different locales. There is a lot of info about what to do in each country. They are well produced and well shot for an on the road blog. If you are looking to travel to any of these places check these channels out. It may help you map out your next big adventure.
Cuba (that was fast)
Paid Movie Collections
There was a slew of paid movie collections last week. Like the Travel stations each movie selection is interchangeable. The majority of the content in each and every channel consists of grainy old TV shows and public domain films. You can call it golden age all you want its just old. The worst thing is that there is far too much overlap between each channel. Each costs 99 cents per month.
Robin Hood Heaven
Collection of the Adventures of Robin Hood series.
Mystery Movie Night
Small Collection of public domain mystery features. Features early depictions of Sherlock Holmes, dick Tracy and more. Need I mention that this is a pay channel with public domain movies again?
War Movie Channel
Nope no Patton.Get ready for the movies that used to play on Sunday afternoon before they invented football on TV. Thank you NFL. If you recognize any of these films congratulations on hanging in that long.
Did you know that Sherlock Holmes was not always based in modern times. Take a trip back through time where Watson was fat and bumbling and they wore hats. Collection of Sherlock Holmes television programs along with a collection of Sherlock Holmes movies. No Robert Downey Jr unfortunately. No HD quality either.
Spies Pi’s and Bounty Hunters
This is Mystery movie night again with the order changed. I’m sorry I call them like I see them. Nearly identical cast of characters.
Live Church Channels
Calvary Christian Fellowship
Bethany Baptist Church
Assumption Catholic Church Seattle