hi @DBDukes and @Strega ,
Thanks for your replies... these may be correct observations but certainly no defendable reason for the lack of Search functionality. I'm perfectly fine if they filter out from the search results, the channels that are not available in my region. I'm perfectly fine as well if they don't and leave it instead to the channel owners to filter their own access based on regions. While I'd be perfectly fine un both cases, it is plainly stupid from Roku to remove the search feature from certain regions (should say from all regions except 3 countries). There are still thousands of channels available, and they leave no way for thousands (millions?) of users to look up for a specific one without scrolling through the whole list.
I remain puzzled and curious if they have a decent, valid and defendable reason for this choice, which for me looks like the dumbest decision in application design that I've seen in a very long time.