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For those who didn't know -- which, until just a few minutes ago, included me -- there is a "Decades" network that is carried over the air in 65 cities. It's a "classic tv" network similar to the much larger Me TV (around 200 affiliates) or Antenna TV (around 140 affiliates) in that it carries old TV shows from the 50s-80s. While there are 65 cities in the US where it's available over the air, it's available in more locations via cable systems.
To OP: A search of the Decades Website doesn't indicate they are available streaming in a standalone app on any device. There is no app in the iOS App Store, the Google Play Store, or the Amazon store.
Whether or not Decades ever has an app for any device is up to Decades. If they write one (or contract to write one) then they'll be on as many platforms as they decide they want to support. Currently, they're on 0. If your nearest affiliate is available via some "local channel" package on a streaming service like Sling TV, DirecTV Now, YouTube TV, or the like, you'll be able to watch via a subscription to one of those services. Check the individual services to see if they have a local channels package for your area, and if it includes your affiliate. I suspect they likely don't.
So, when will it be available on Roku, or any streaming device? Possibly never. I wouldn't hold my breath.
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There are or were a few other OTAs with Roku channels, but none of them have significant broadcast markets other than Comet (I'm excluding shopping and religious OTA networks, many of which have Roku channels):
AMG TV (general entertainment - It used to have a few classic TV shows, but I uninstalled it years ago and I don't know what's on it now) Biz TV (business) Comet (already mentioned - it's probably the OTA with the widest reach that has a Roku channel) DrTV (health) DW (news) France 24 (news - now requires a subscription) Heartland (country music videos and related) MHz used to stream via Roku for free, but I think it now requires a subscription (drama). MiCasa (English-language targeting an Hispanic audience - though I think that it stopped broadcasting OTA) Newsmax TV (news) Pursuit (outdoor recreation) Rev'n (automobiles) Stadium (sports) Tuff TV (targets men) WeatherNation (weather) YouToo America (sports and lifestyle)
2018 and 2017 Roku Ultras, 2017 Roku Streaming Stick+, 2018 Roku Express Mohu Sky attic antenna First Generation Dual Tuner Tablo HP Stream Mini (used as a media server for Plex/PlayOn/iTunes/Web) Samsung Blu-Ray/DVD (Roku owner since 2011)
FWIW, I HAVE contacted Decades Television on multiple occasions to tell them there is interest in them doing an app, offering a la carte programming through their channel. I have never received a response worthy of posting here.
However, most people with even a week of Business 101 exposure understand the need to appease customers, their market, so, if ENOUGH of us get after Decades Television....
"fredneck" wrote: I wish Decades would listen and provide us with a Roku channel. Haven't heard of a business yet that feels they have too many customers and don't need anymore.
I am guessing there might be some issues with local affiliates. Most of the OTA channels have local advertising on them, so somehow they would have to find a way to stream the local affiliate based on your IP address. So, it'd be similar to CBS all Access, ABC, NBC apps. Not saying it's impossible, but makes it a lot harder. Would probably start out in areas where the Channel isn't available via OTA initially, then branch out based on deals with local affiliates.