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Jessyka
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Different Channels on different devices on the same account?

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I have a Roku in two different rooms. How can I add channels to only one? There's some I watch that I don't want the kids having access to.

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renojim
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Re: Channels

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Can't be done.  The only way to have different channels on different Rokus is to link them to separate accounts.  Note that subscriptions are tied to the account, so when possible you'll want to subscribe directly with the provider (e.g., Disney+) and not through Roku.

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makaiguy
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Re: Channels

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All Roku channels attach to your Roku ACCOUNT, not to a particular Roku UNIT. So all Roku units linked to a given Roku account will have the same collection of Roku channel subscriptions automatically. Add/delete a channel on one, you add/delete on all.

To have separate channel lists you need to take out additional Roku account(s), using different email address(es) and tie each Roku unit to the desired account.

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renojim
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Re: Channels

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Can't be done.  The only way to have different channels on different Rokus is to link them to separate accounts.  Note that subscriptions are tied to the account, so when possible you'll want to subscribe directly with the provider (e.g., Disney+) and not through Roku.

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makaiguy
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Re: Channels

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All Roku channels attach to your Roku ACCOUNT, not to a particular Roku UNIT. So all Roku units linked to a given Roku account will have the same collection of Roku channel subscriptions automatically. Add/delete a channel on one, you add/delete on all.

To have separate channel lists you need to take out additional Roku account(s), using different email address(es) and tie each Roku unit to the desired account.

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DetroitDan
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Re: Different Channels on different devices on the same account?

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Guest Account on one unit works but the expiration date keeps you setting it up once a week.  My wife uses the ultra in the living room with her subscriptions and I have my own channels in the basement.  But the guest account process has an expiration date, so every week I add Tubi and Prime and YouTube and some Sci Fi channels.

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Tivoburkee
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Re: Different Channels on different devices on the same account?

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So do a factory reset of your roku, start your own account, you can use the same credentials for apps like netflix on both accounts without having to pay twice. Same for prime and all the others you mentioned. No more have to add them each week. 

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Lion81
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Wow. This is ridiculous. I just got a new roku tv for my daughter and wanted to remove all the non kids channels and now realized I removed them from my main roku ultra. This is complet **bleep**. How else am I supposed to set up any sort of parental features like locking down channels/apps. Truly unsat. I would have went woth Google os or vizio if I had known this.

renojim
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@Lion81 , I agree that it should be possible, but there are workarounds.  First, whenever possible don't subscribe to any channels through Roku.  Those subscriptions are tied to your Roku account and may not be available outside of that one account.  Second, it's trivial to create a separate Roku account for your kid(s).  All you need is another email address.  I have literally dozens of email addresses and several Roku accounts for different purposes.  Once you've created an account for your kids and linked their devices to that account, set up the PIN preferences (https://my.roku.com/account/pin) so that they can't add channels without a PIN.  Most if not all of the major streaming services will allow you to link their Roku channel to your account subscribed to through the provider.  Roku has always been and will probably always be weak when it comes to parental controls.

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Lion81
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@renojim wrote:

@Lion81 , I agree that it should be possible, but there are workarounds.  First, whenever possible don't subscribe to any channels through Roku.  Those subscriptions are tied to your Roku account and may not be available outside of that one account.  Second, it's trivial to create a separate Roku account for your kid(s).  All you need is another email address.  I have literally dozens of email addresses and several Roku accounts for different purposes.  Once you've created an account for your kids and linked their devices to that account, set up the PIN preferences (https://my.roku.com/account/pin) so that they can't add channels without a PIN.  Most if not all of the major streaming services will allow you to link their Roku channel to your account subscribed to through the provider.  Roku has always been and will probably always be weak when it comes to parental controls.


Thanks for the info.  I'll give creating a second account a shot.  Do you know if you can link multiple accounts to the Roku Phone app?  or do you have to log in and out each time.  i.e. I use my roku phone app to enable private listening on one of my devices. but I want to be able to switch to a different device and control a second roku.  I know when you are logged into the phone app you can add multiple devices. but I don't know if they have to be on the same roku account also.  sry if that's confusing. 

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renojim
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I know what you mean, but I don't know the answer.  My gut feeling is that you'd have to log in every time you switch to a Roku on a different account, but I don't use the app.

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