My wife and I having been watching an episode or two of the old Hazel show. Even though there were 6 seasons filmed, Roku lists seasons 1 -3 as available. We watched the first two seasons and then found out that only the first episode of season 3 is available.
What's the point of just one episode? Why publish that seasons 1 - 3 are available. And why isn't the rest of season 3 and the seasons 4, 5, and 6 available?
Don't know if our question is worth answering, but we'd sure like to know. An episode of Hazel has been our way to end the day for the past couple of months.
Generally, for content such as Hazel and other vintage TV shows, Roku doesn't have direct license with the content owners. Often, it's an intermediary party that has the rights and enters into contracts with other services, to include Roku Channel as well as other apps/services.
Sometimes, content may not be available for copyright reasons. Often, that has to do with copyright lapsing on content, or content produced by another company that is in a questionable status. There are many many reasons why certain content isn't available. Sometimes, the original recordings no longer exist. Heck, NASA erased the moon landing footage in order to save money on tapes. Many production companies erased copies for budgetary reasons over the years.
The reason there hasn't been a response is often because no one knows the answer. I don't, but I know how some of the stuff works, and what I've listed are often the reasons. It usually boils down to Roku (Pluto TV, Xumo, Tubi, others as well) offering what they can get, with no actual explanation given to them of why more isn't available.
DBDukes Roku Community Streaming Expert Note: I am not a Roku employee.
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SONY pictures owns the rights to Hazel and they've been pulling it off "free" streaming tv. You need a cable subscription in order to see episodes on ME TV channel or you have to purchase them. There were some episodes still on youtube last I checked. At this point, it's ridiculous for SONY to do this. I was thrilled to see it on Roku, then I saw episodes disappearing and now it's completely gone.