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mattgroves
Level 7

Request for F1 TV Channel in South Africa

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Having bought a Roku, I am bitterly disappointed to find that the F1 TV App/Channel is disabled in South Africa. Please enable this - I see no reason why it can't be enabled as it operates a subscription service.

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DBDukes
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Re: Request for F1 TV Channel in South Africa

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Roku is available and supported in several regions. The rest of the world in which Roku isn't support we shall call Rest Of The World (ROTW).

When an app developer makes an app, the developer determines a couple of different things: what devices are supported, and where the app is supported.

Regarding what devices are supported, they can say "no" to the old 3500 Stick, for instance, or to the 3700 Express, or to any device they decide isn't sufficient to effectively run their app.

The developer can also pick the region in which the app is supported. If they say only the US, they pick that. If they say US and Canada, they pick that. If they say everywhere Roku is supported, they pick all the regions except ROTW. If they want to support the entire planet, they also pick ROTW.

So, the developer can choose to allow the app to be installed outside Roku supported areas. Only, they then assume the responsibility for it working; Roku doesn't support anything in an unsupported area, by definition. Depending on local laws, or companies fears of changes to laws, or fears of silly but expensive lawsuits, more and more companies choose to not support ROTW. Amazon hasn't for years. Many others are the same way now.

DBDukes
https://www.dbdukes.com/
Roku Ultra (4660)
Roku Streambar (9102)
Roku Streaming Stick+ (3810)

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DBDukes
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Re: Request for F1 TV Channel in South Africa

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Roku is available and supported in several regions. The rest of the world in which Roku isn't support we shall call Rest Of The World (ROTW).

When an app developer makes an app, the developer determines a couple of different things: what devices are supported, and where the app is supported.

Regarding what devices are supported, they can say "no" to the old 3500 Stick, for instance, or to the 3700 Express, or to any device they decide isn't sufficient to effectively run their app.

The developer can also pick the region in which the app is supported. If they say only the US, they pick that. If they say US and Canada, they pick that. If they say everywhere Roku is supported, they pick all the regions except ROTW. If they want to support the entire planet, they also pick ROTW.

So, the developer can choose to allow the app to be installed outside Roku supported areas. Only, they then assume the responsibility for it working; Roku doesn't support anything in an unsupported area, by definition. Depending on local laws, or companies fears of changes to laws, or fears of silly but expensive lawsuits, more and more companies choose to not support ROTW. Amazon hasn't for years. Many others are the same way now.

DBDukes
https://www.dbdukes.com/
Roku Ultra (4660)
Roku Streambar (9102)
Roku Streaming Stick+ (3810)

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