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.
Hi. I've just discovered Roku and am thinking of buying one now that Virgin Media have pulled the UKTV channels. I just wanted to check that I can receive UK Gold on Roku. have checked around but can't get a definitive answer, and also is there totally no subscription with Roku? Your help would be muchly appreciated.
Roku is simply a device that allows you to run apps (Roku calls them "channels") that can connect to various streaming services. There is no subscription to have a Roku device. However, there may be a subscription for some apps. Netflix, for instance, charges $7.99 and up in the U.S. for service. Amazon Prime Video is a subscription service also. There are others -- YouTube, Pluto TV, Tubi TV, and more -- that don't.
Of course, some broadcast and cable channels have apps for Roku. These may be free, but require authentication against your current cable/satellite service. In the US, for instance, ABC, NBC, ESPN, Fox, History, Food, TBS, A&E, and many others, require you to authenticate to watch content.
You might be best served by going to https://channelstore.roku.com and looking for the particular channel you want. It might want you to create a Roku account, which is subscription free of course, but will help with determining your location and knowing what apps you are able to receive -- not all apps are available everywhere.
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