10 Things That Can Make Your Roku Media Player Much More Useful
Roku is a media streamer that never ceases to amaze. It seems like almost every day someone discovers another useful purpose for this great little box. Here are 10 popular things your Roku media streamer can do.
Control A Roku From Your Phone or Tablet
If you your mobile phone has become an extension of your body, Roku makes a really nice app. It works great for finding new content, adding Roku channels or just controlling your Roku from phones or tablets.
They recently updated their mobile remote control app and it is now much nicer than ever and super easy to use.
You can use it with Android or Apple phones and tablets. Get the Roku remote app here.
Use a VPN to Acces Geo Locked Content
Roku owners that live outside the USA find they don't have access to many of the same channels we take for granted here. This is not always by design or some plot to deprive you of great television content.
Often, it's because of a simple mistake made by a channel creator when they upload their Roku channel to Roku. The developer software requires that you to check any additional boxes for other countries which you want your channel to be available in. Unless a channel creator is specifically looking for it or is aware of it, then only the place their channel will be available is in the USA. This box is checked by default. A developer who misses this step would need to go back and upload their app again after checking the appropriate boxes.
Some of our Euro and Canadian cousins have figured out that they can still access the same content by using a VPN on their Router and setting the DNS to a USA IP address. A VPN can also let you watch local blackout games from sports channels you legally subscribe to by setting your IP address to Canada or another state or country outside of your Region.
Learn more about a Roku VPN here
Watch Local News With These Roku Channels
Besides streaming your favorite Movies, Music or TV Shows on your Roku there is also a huge list of local News channels available. These channels cover many larger cities and regions around the country.
To check if your city is covered by a local news channel, we put together a long list of
Roku Local News channels here.
Secret Hidden Roku Menus
Roku has a list of hidden menus on their media streamer which you won't find in the "Getting Started With Roku Guide" that you access by pushing a series of buttons on your remote control.
These hidden menus can let you side-load channels like this awesome private YouTube channel. They will let you reboot your Roku device, bring up a hidden WiFi signal strength page or even let you turn on developer mode for building your own Roku channel. Another hidden menu will information and list all the channels installed on your Roku from one page.
Be careful with these menus and don't press the wrong button combination or you could end up factory resetting your Roku. This would require setting up your Roku all over again.
Learn more about secret Roku menus here
Watch Free TV Shows and Movies with PLEX
Plex is one of those often misunderstood apps that many Roku users don't always fully enjoy. It requires a bit of setup time and to watch the channel, you need to run their server software at the same time on a PC you are watching the channel on your Roku.
Once everything is setup, you can then add some nice extra bundles to a folder on your PC which will then unlock Plex to let you watch a large amount of additional movies and shows for free.
This is called the Unsupported App Store V2 and you can find the Best Plex Add-ons here
Air Cast Shows to Roku From Your Computer Browser
If you find a mp4 or m4v video on a website while browsing on the Internet from your PC using Chrome how cool would it be to cast that video right to your Roku and start watching it on your TV?
It is easier than you think and all it takes is installing a Chrome Extension and adding the Roku Cast channel. We have provided the full step-by-step instructions here.
Watch X-Rated Adult Content On Roku
Roku is not only home to one of the largest list of Church Channels on the planet. It also offers one of the largest lists of X-Rated Roku Porn channels as well.
If you decide to install Adult channels, be careful if you own more than one Roku player in your home. Once you install a channel if you have more Roku players linked to the same account they will be watchable on every Roku you own.
To keep Adult content private, use a Roku Streaming Stick, or Roku Express and unplug it from your TV and keep it locked up. Create a separate Roku account only for this Roku and only link the devices you want to keep private.
The full adult Roku channels list can be accessed from here.
Build Your Own Private or Public Roku Channel
Building a private Roku channel is fun and can also be incredibly useful. As long as you don't share the code, only you or your family or friends will be able to watch it. You can share your mega movie collections that you ripped to your NAS. Or, your massive music collection all from a private Roku channel.
You can even make your channel public and quickly find yourself with 50,000 subscribers. Building a Roku channel is not all that hard. Roku put together an easy to follow Direct Publisher step-by-step guide which uses MRSS Feeds. See This Guide for On-Demand, Hosted Video Content.
Find and Watch Free IPTV Channels on Roku
Yes, now you can even watch IPTV channels by adding an amazing new IPTV Playlist Player Channel. This will let you add m3u playlists which can easily be found on line and give you access to a long list of channels from all over the world. These channels contain free movies, sports, TV shows, music and more.
To use the IPTV Playlist Player on your Roku just follow this guide.
1800 Secret Roku Private Channels
Private channels are channels that are not found in the Roku channel store on your Roku. This is because they may contain free movies or TV shows that are copyrighted, contain adult content which can only be on private channels, or because the channel developer decided to keep their channel private and not make it available to the public.
We have complied a HUGE list with easy step-by-step instructions to show you how to quickly add these channels by their private channel code. This will open up an exciting new world of content that you may not have known existed and make your Roku many times more useful.
View the Roku Private Channels List
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