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KJV1469
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Channel access inquiry | Uncertified private channel

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My friends have been telling me this for a while now, to add secret channel codes on roku. Well today my stress levels were elevated for i spent hours trying to figure out why adding a secret channel code was not working for me. I looked at countless Youtube videos on how to and still i had no luck. Then after reading other users comments and searching all over the web i finally figured out that roku pulled this option and took away everyones content pertaining to secret channels away from its users!!! Wow! Really roku?? First off its hella shady what roku did and second off why not have an updated site where the option of adding a hidden channel is no more.  Roku wants to swipe everyones hidden content away yet still have on their site the place to add a code for hidden content. No wonder why i couldnt figure out why it wasnt working for me. Because the **bleep** is disabled. Well i guess im switching back to fire stick unless roku fixes major issue. 

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DBDukes
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Channel access inquiry | Uncertified private channel

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@KJV1469 

Roku put the word out months ago about the change to the beta channel program. You missed all that, it seems.

The codes for newly submitted beta apps will work. There is a limit on the number of beta apps each developer can have, how long the app will be around, and the number of users for each app (which I think is way too low of a number, but Roku doesn't care what I think, so okay).

The problem was that developers were uploading apps and not going through the certification process. There was nothing in place to prevent developers from stopping at that point. And, yes, some non-certified apps did actually damage Roku setups (buggered up the software, which was fixable with a lot of work).

Roku now has limits. If developers want to have an app, there's a process. If the old apps met standards, it should be easy for them to be submitted and approved. If not, the developers need to fix them then submit them.

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DBDukes
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Channel access inquiry | Uncertified private channel

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@KJV1469 

Roku put the word out months ago about the change to the beta channel program. You missed all that, it seems.

The codes for newly submitted beta apps will work. There is a limit on the number of beta apps each developer can have, how long the app will be around, and the number of users for each app (which I think is way too low of a number, but Roku doesn't care what I think, so okay).

The problem was that developers were uploading apps and not going through the certification process. There was nothing in place to prevent developers from stopping at that point. And, yes, some non-certified apps did actually damage Roku setups (buggered up the software, which was fixable with a lot of work).

Roku now has limits. If developers want to have an app, there's a process. If the old apps met standards, it should be easy for them to be submitted and approved. If not, the developers need to fix them then submit them.

DBDukes
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KJV1469
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Channel access inquiry | Uncertified private channel

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Thanks that makes better sense than from any other stuff i read. A few bad apps from people ruins it for the rest of us. Im not tech savvy what so ever but you put it clear to where i understand. If this was mentioned months ago why does roku still have the place to add tje codes? Is this used for the new developers as well as you mentioned? If so where can i go to access these codes and explore the area of roku ive missed out on?

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DBDukes
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@KJV1469 

It's more of a true beta program, not a public beta. It would be designed for the developers reach out. They may post publicly asking for people to test, but with the small number of beta testers per app (10; I still say that's too low), if more than 10 try to load a code, it'll just cause more headaches.

I suspect that developers would actually be looking for just beta testers, rather than beta users. They would likely want people to follow scripts and test certain functionality, and probably sign NDAs.

I've run beta apps on different devices (PCs, Macs, Roku, TiVo, etc) and it's different being an official beta tester than being a beta user.

You could reach out to the developers of the apps you used before, and if they want people to test, or just use, find out what options you have. You already know how to add apps, so you'll be ahead of the game for some.

DBDukes
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MilesT
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Re: Channel access inquiry | Uncertified private channel

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@DBDukes 

Certification is not quite that straightforward.  Roku has also upped the requirements to be certified in last 18 months e.g. must support voice search, and I think also requires more of a toll payment (placing adverts in content, share of subscription through Roku billing etc.)

Some apps would have needed work to comply, and some developers didn't like the commercial model so would never request certification, or for content and similar reasons felt they would not pass (e.g. apparently vidangel, who requested certification more than once but were refused for various reasons, but ultimately certification is at Roku discretion)

Other more open streaming possibilities now and in future.

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photoeye
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Re: Channel access inquiry | Uncertified private channel

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Yeah.. This seems wrong and I'll stop purchasing Roku.

DBDukes
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Re: Channel access inquiry | Uncertified private channel

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@photoeye wrote:

Yeah.. This seems wrong and I'll stop purchasing Roku.


Well, Apple has a certification process. Google has a certification process. Amazon has a certification process. So ...

DBDukes
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SLEM1
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Re: Channel access inquiry | Uncertified private channel

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Does anyone have or know where to find Roku's certification process?

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TrooperDada326
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Re: Channel access inquiry | Uncertified private channel

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Sure call corporate 🤣

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DBDukes
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@SLEM1 

Start here:

https://developer.roku.com/docs/developer-program/publishing/channel-publishing-guide.md

DBDukes
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