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Level 7

Roku Channel Autoplay

I've been watching some TV series on the Roku Channel.
Thanks very much for the content. I really enjoy it.
Is there a way to turn off the automatic play of the next episode?
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Roku Employee
Roku Employee

Re: Roku Channel Autoplay

Currently, none that I'm aware of.  Most channels on the Roku platform function this way.

I can send a feature request to the higher ups for this tomorrow morning.
C. Shawn Smith
Community Liaison

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Level 12

Re: Roku Channel Autoplay

Send a request that when you design a feature it comes with an off option as well. It's moronic to force autoplay thinking everyone actually wants that. It never ceases to amaze me how designers who are supposdely very smart lack total common sense.
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Level 7

Roku channel autoplay and asterisk

When viewing a TV series, subsequent shows in the series will start and play automatically. Our cable provider (Mediacom) charges based on amount of data downloaded and our experience with this feature on other channels tells us we cannot use channels where this occurs.  Netflix and Prime both introduced a setting that allowed users to modify the default action so that the next show would not start without user input. I hope that Roku will do the same so that we can enjoy its features.
Incidentally, the asterisk is displayed in the top-right corner of the Roku Channel screens making me think that it was intended that options could be selected with that key.  Unfortunately, nothing happens when the asterisk button on the remote is pressed.
Thanks!
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Level 12

Re: Roku Channel Autoplay

Is there still no way to turn autoplay off after all of these months??? Does Roku even care?
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Level 19

Re: Roku Channel Autoplay

@Emissary35

Thanks for following up. To help clarify the answer here, autoplay functionality is determined within each channel, by the channel developer. This is not a Roku system feature as of now. 

Most channels (apps) that offer this feature provide the ability to enable or disable it within their individual 'Settings' menu inside the channel. I'd recommend following up with any specific channel provider for more information and assistance with adjusting any setting within their channel.

Edit* - I will pass along this feedback to our team regarding The Roku Channel. Thanks for the clarification!

Thanks,
Tanner
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Level 13

Re: Roku Channel Autoplay

"RokuTannerD" wrote:
@Emissary35

Thanks for following up. To help clarify the answer here, autoplay functionality is determined within each channel, by the channel developer. This is not a Roku system feature as of now. 

Most channels (apps) that offer this feature provide the ability to enable or disable it within their individual 'Settings' menu inside the channel. I'd recommend following up with any specific channel provider for more information and assistance with adjusting any setting within their channel.

 I will pass along this feedback to our team regarding The Roku Channel. Thanks for the clarification!

Thanks,
Tanner


Tanner,

More specifically it would be nice if Roku offered the ability to toggle AutoPlay ON or OFF on the content that you they are offering. I don't subscribe to any 'Channels' thru Roku, but I do stream ad-supported content that Roku makes available thru The Roku Channel. There currently is no ability to turn OFF Autoplay. It can be frustrating to begin watching Episode 4 of a series at night and if you doze off you may wake up and now you are half-way through streaming Episode 6. With a Roku TV I have learned my lesson and use the SLEEP TIMER feature and set it to 1 hour when I begin watching a 42 minute episode at night. Worse case then is I may go 18 minutes into the next episode.

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Level 12

Re: Roku Channel Autoplay

"RokuTannerD" wrote:
@Emissary35

Thanks for following up. To help clarify the answer here, autoplay functionality is determined within each channel, by the channel developer. This is not a Roku system feature as of now. 

Most channels (apps) that offer this feature provide the ability to enable or disable it within their individual 'Settings' menu inside the channel. I'd recommend following up with any specific channel provider for more information and assistance with adjusting any setting within their channel.

Thanks,
Tanner

Tanner,
The OP specifically mentioned "The Roku Channel".  So I think they are looking for you to pass that onto Roku.
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Level 19

Re: Roku Channel Autoplay

@twiceover

Thanks for the clarification. Edited my previous post and will share the feedback!

Cheers,
Tanner
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Level 13

Re: Roku Channel Autoplay

"RokuTannerD" wrote:
@twiceover

Thanks for the clarification. Edited my previous post and will share the feedback!

Cheers,
Tanner

Tanner,

If you are passing along feature requests and/or feedback to THE ROKU CHANNEL development team, the ability to create USER PROFILES and add TV SERIES and MOVIES to a MY LIST section of a created USER PROFILE would be a very useful addition.

Thanks.
TCL Roku-TV 55P605 (4K/HDR/DV) | VIZIO SB36512‑F6 ATMOS Soundbar | Fire TV Stick 4K
TCL Roku-TV 43S425 (4K HDR) | Fire TV Stick 4K
TCL Roku-TV 32S301 (720p) | Fire TV Stick 4K