Depending on your criteria "AutoLaunch" might work for you. AutoLaunch a screensaver that allows you to automatically launch a channel when the "screensaver" kicks in. First, download AutoLaunch from the channel store then go to Settings > Theme > Screensavers > AutoLaunch > Change screensaver settings. Select the channel you want to automatically launch. You'll then need to adjust your Screensaver wait time under Settings > Theme. Unfortunately, 1 minute is the quickest the screensaver would turn on. It worked for my application. Good luck.
As this feature is not available, can you please log an enhancement to automatically start a channel of ones choice by default when the Roku device is turned on? Example. When I turn on my tv, Roku loads by default and lists all channels to access. It would be ideal to code an option to automatically start Sling or any other channel when the Roku device has stated. That's a simple enhancement and makes Roku more flexible and desirable.
yeah, tried that, 1 minute? ridiculous for real time stuff (i.e. I turned on my TV now wait a minute+ for a screen saver to kick in and switch me to the app of my choice, -but understandable for a product that is billed as a screensaver. There needs to be a real auto-app launch capability that is instant.
Many Roku customers are trying to replace cable, cable does not come up and say, what main app do you want to watch so you can then select something to actually watch. An additional problem for YouTubeTV or many Apps is that even if it goes to 'Live' and last channel viewed within YouTube, it then imposes the dark overlay & guide instead of just immediately full screen showing what you last looked at (like cable or over-the-air tv does).- thus yet even more buttons to press before your normal go-to channel comes up.
That last part is not something for Roku to address, just the option to get you direct to an App of your choice if you want (i.e. a setting).
I also would like that option of autostarting an app - we have an elderly mom that loves her chinese stations and I've downloaded several apps for her to pick but she's starting to be very challenged to see and select an app so I want to automatically default to one for her.
I hate to go to cable but looking like that's the only viable option...
Count me in to have a Roku setting to launch a specific channel like YouTubeTV.
The Auto Launch screensaver does not work well for me. It worked during the day bur overnight something changed. The screensaver did not function and went to the Roku menu when the TV was turned on. When I went to the Auto Launch settings, the start-up channel changed to ABCNews Live. Not sure why that happened.
Anyway, Roku, please listen to your customers and add an auto launch setting.
I will never be able to convince my wife to switch from cable to live streaming until the controlling device (Roku) supports startup in the live streaming app. Too many extra steps to get to the thing she watches most.