Why Plex Classic Roku Channel Was Removed

Here's Why The Plex Classic Roku Channel Was More Than Likely Removed

Recently Plex fans who had the Classic Plex channel installed noticed this channel disappear from their Roku's. More than likely it had nothing to do with Plex on Roku and this channel was not shut down because of unsupported apps, Especially since the private RARflix and the official Plex channel continues to work fine.

At the end of this year, new updates will be in place from Roku which no longer supports SDK components that the old Plex Classic channel relied on to work. Even side-loaded, channels built upon the older legacy Roku SDK software will no longer work after the Jan 1, 2019 deadline.

So while RARflix, for now, continues to be available and work as a private Roku channel, we don't know if it will be updated and continue to work after the first of the year.

Some Plex users favor the current Plex channel better anyways. We have heard both good and bad about the newer Plex channel on Roku.

While some do love the current Plex Roku channel better and think it's great. Others may find Plex works better on another streaming device and were happier with the Classic Plex channel on their Roku.

This could very likely be due to older Roku hardware not being able to run the current Plex channel. Newer Roku models with their faster hardware undoubtedly perform a lot better.

We are quickly approaching a major milestone with Roku software. Many classic channels built on their older software you may have loved to watch will no longer work after January 1, 2019, unless updated.

Roku Is Sunsetting Legacy Roku SDK Visual Screens

Visual Screens is a major component of the Roku software that a large portion of most of their older channels was built on. Many developers built a channel using this software early on and may have since moved on and really have no intention of supporting or updating this channel once the calendar clicks over to the first of January in 2019.

Other developers may have already updated their Roku channels so they will continue to play fine. Then there are those Roku developers that undoubtedly will wait until the last minute of December 31, 2018 to update their channels.

You can read more about the new Roku channel interface programming API, Roku SceneGraph (RSG) which was released in October 2015, here.

If you would like to build your own Roku channel that will work fine after January 1, 2019, the TVBoss software from C Point can help. Even if you have no prior Roku channel programming knowledge.

This is just the beginning, we can expect to see many more Roku channels either being updated or eventually disappear altogether shortly after the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve. That is unless Roku issues a reprieve and for some reason decides to extend their deadline a little while longer.

You will be happy to learn that the Plex Classic Roku channel has been republished. Don't get your hopes up though because how long it will last, we don't know for sure.

The PLEX CLASSIC channel is now back and can now be added under the Roku Private channel code: classiclex

Click here to learn how to install a private Roku channel by code.

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