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Anyone know when users will be able to install other applications on a Roku?

Users have said this feature is "in the works" since at least 2017 but other communities think Roku will keep their devices 'in a walled garden' w/o that ability. Shame since Amazon Firestick can do so. Not sure about Chromecast.

This would simplify using other applications.

Any feedback would be appreciated.

 

Thanks,

Mac

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Re: Anyone know when users will be able to install other applications on a Roku?

What 'other applications' did you have in mind?  Roku is using a proprietary OS on its boxes, so it's not like a Fire Stick which is running Android.

Meaning, ultimately, this will never happen without a major change to the way Rokus work.

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Re: Anyone know when users will be able to install other applications on a Roku?

Anyone can make a channel for the Roku - they've got an open SDK, so content providers can share their stuff, and with the exception of illegal material and porn, pretty much everyone has. What "other applications" are you talking about?

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Re: Anyone know when users will be able to install other applications on a Roku?

The Roku setup is simply-simple!  Many people are drawn to the way Roku OS is to-the-point, pretty much preset, and you don't have to worry about security once it's set up successfully. 

Much like a Chromebook.  Both are gaining in popularity as unless you into "jail breaking" devices or moving about online in gray areas, what;s the point of playing around with it?  I made the decision years ago that if a given "Channel" or "App" is not paid for directly out of my pocket, ad supported, public domain, or a government funded library service, it's not for me.  There is no such a thing as a "free" lunch.  Someone, somewhere  has to pay sometimes.  I don't care what it is.  I'm not interested in being stuck with a bill or worse, a lawsuit for "free" content trying to beat "the system" by possibly being labeled a "pirate" for content that I could very easily live without, pay for it, or live with included ads.  Like I always done.

Too much like playing with fire-you might get burnt.  Maybe not the first time, but eventually it'll catch up with you.

Streaming is full of choices.  Choose well and smart.  Don't need that feature at all.

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