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Help & troubleshooting for channels on your Roku device, including adding/removing channels, logging in to, authenticating, or activating a channel, channel-specific playback issues, assistance contacting channel publishers to report issues, and adjusting channel-specific settings.
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Channels versus apps

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I have a stupid question.   What is the difference between a channel found in the ROKU channel store and an app that you download to the ROKU?   I just bought an Air TV 2 device and just found out that the Air TV Channel is no longer available for the ROKU.   However it says you can use the Air TV app.  I don't understand the difference. 

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Re: Channels versus apps

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Anything loaded on a Roku is a "Channel".  Some genius at Roku decided to use that term so they could advertise "Roku has over a thousand channels" and mislead people with cable.  Now the terms "Channel" and "App" are used interchangeably, so it's not always easy to tell what the user is talking about.  In this case, Air TV is probably referring to their iOS/Android app and they've abandoned Roku.

 

-JT

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Anything loaded on a Roku is a "Channel".  Some genius at Roku decided to use that term so they could advertise "Roku has over a thousand channels" and mislead people with cable.  Now the terms "Channel" and "App" are used interchangeably, so it's not always easy to tell what the user is talking about.  In this case, Air TV is probably referring to their iOS/Android app and they've abandoned Roku.

 

-JT

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Re: Channels versus apps

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@renojim wrote:

Anything loaded on a Roku is a "Channel".  Some genius at Roku decided to use that term so they could advertise "Roku has over a thousand channels" and mislead people with cable.  Now the terms "Channel" and "App" are used interchangeably, so it's not always easy to tell what the user is talking about.  In this case, Air TV is probably referring to their iOS/Android app and they've abandoned Roku.

 

-JT


Yes, they want you to use the air tv app on a smartphone to set up the air tv DVR - but then use the SLING app on ROKU  to view the  OTA channels.. since the Air TV Channel has been removed from ROKU.

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