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BPWat
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Re: CSPAN / CSPAN Channels

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You can watch using the youtube app on roku.  Cspan is broadcasting the senate's impeachment trial live on it's youtube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/cspan

Rock-em
Level 8

Re: CSPAN / CSPAN Channels

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We are really bothered that Roku doesn't provide C-Span, C-Span 2 and C-Span 3. C-Span provides those channels free of charge because they believe it serves the public interest to see the inner workings of Congress. Additionally, the main stream media chooses quite selectively what we should or shouldn't be informed about. It is curious that Roku seems to believe that the general public ought to be kept in the dark.

RokuDanny-R
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Roku Employee

Re: CSPAN / CSPAN Channels

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@Rock-em 

Thanks for the note.

Please be aware that channels (apps) on Roku are developed and maintained by the channel provider themselves. If you have concerns regarding channel availability, we would recommend contacting the service provider to inquire further. C-SPAN doesn't currently publish a channel/app on the Roku platform, however you can access their content through other streaming services, including YouTube. 

You can reach C-SPAN support here: https://www.c-span.org/about/contactUs/

Thanks,
Danny

Danny R.
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Rock-em
Level 8

Re: CSPAN / CSPAN Channels

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Thank you for that great tip! We'll give it a try.

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Wizard2
Level 7

Re: CSPAN / CSPAN Channels

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Yes,, we want C-SPAN on Roku.

 

Get it done, C-SPAN!

 

klgrube
Level 9

Re: CSPAN / CSPAN Channels

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I've contacted C-Span about this and they say basically it's up to Roku to make the request.  Just do this, Roku.  Get C-span on my Roku devices - all three channels.

clickity
Level 8

Re: CSPAN / CSPAN Channels

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C-Span charges the cable & satellite companies 6 cents a month per subscriber according to an article I read.  Not enough to support creating apps for proprietary platforms.  Have to either roll our own or access using the cable/satellite provider's app.  Unfortunately, the providers' apps do not provide C-Span 3, DirectTV does not have a Roku app, Dish requires a DVR to access "Dish Anywhere" (or did in the past).

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klgrube
Level 9

Re: CSPAN / CSPAN Channels

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Could you please cite the article or information you have that CSPAN charges for each subscriber?  I doubt that can be true because they are a public entity.  But if you have information to the contrary, please share it.

bfelts
Level 10

Re: CSPAN / CSPAN Channels

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Could you please cite the article or information you have that CSPAN charges for each subscriber?  I doubt that can be true because they are a public entity.  But if you have information to the contrary, please share it.

The FAQs really spell it out.

https://www.c-span.org/about/TVeverywhere/

Rest of this reply is just my opinion:

Roku isn't just going to do this for C-SPAN;  C-SPAN isn't just going to do this for Roku.

Why?  Money. 

A beneficial relationship between both interested parties needs to form first.

And, to be honest, they probably have to be interested enough in working together in the first place - not sure that's the present case.

1) People might still buy enough cable or satellite to support watching C-SPAN online, in a financially committing sense.

2) Cable/satellite, at this point in history, still provides C-SPAN the licensing revenue they need, due to built-in licensing via paying subscribers.  Bulk revenue.  Whether the individual subs watch the programming or not.

Now where does Roku insert themselves in that regard? 

Someone has to come up with a creative revenue generating strategy to overcome this difference, or you're just going to be seeing 3rd party streams of C-SPAN on Roku, if that.

I reply because I believe others just bumping this thread with "where we are?  where is this?  we want this!" -- isn't going to really do anything.

But who knows...

Debbies
Level 7

Re: Channel Request: CSPAN / CSPAN Channels

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You can watch C-SPAN on the YouTube channel