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Level 7

Apps out of region


I am in the uk (region 2) and I am trying to get apps like The Cw, HBO and DC universe.

I have the roku flash drive for the TV. 

As Roku is a streaming service, is their any chance to get them for the UK?

I know some online apps can do it as they use the cloud to get around "licencing laws"


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Re: Apps out of region

I assume you mean you have a Roku Stick. There is no "Roku flash drive". And Roku themselves are not a streaming service, with the exception of The Roku Channel. For all other offerings, Roku is simply the platform.

You have to ask those particular providers. Roku cannot alter where a channel is available. Only the provider has control of that. 

And the likely answer is what you've mentioned. When they stream online, they are licensed to stream only in particular geographical locations. Remember that most streaming providers don't actually own the media they are streaming. They simply license the right to offer it, and that license costs money. The larger the area they offer the stream, the more the license will cost. 

Are there ways to get around the geo-restrictions? Yes, but discussion of that is not permitted on this forum. 

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