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  • First generation Youview boxes are losing ITV Hub next year. Model numbers are in this article.

    https://rxtvinfo.com/2021/firs…iew-boxes-to-lose-itv-hub

    The fast changing world of technology is leading, as this article says, to equipment barely 5 or 10 years becoming obsolete.


    Add into the mix the fact that it's often better value to replace than to repair and you have a ton of waste. Not good for our new found love of the environment.

  • The fast changing world of technology is leading, as this article says, to equipment barely 5 or 10 years becoming obsolete.


    Add into the mix the fact that it's often better value to replace than to repair and you have a ton of waste. Not good for our new found love of the environment.

    The smaller the format/platform install base the faster it goes obsolete. That's partially why some platforms can never catch up, vicious circle of not fast enough early uptake meaning you don't get the later support that if it had been achieved may have broke the cycle. Often results in market leader remaining market leader even when the new entrants are better just because they continue to attract software/apps. App development costs are easier to justify for a platform witn a larger install base = virtuous circle.

  • Roku OS 10.5 is now out.


    "Roku OS 10.5 introduces new features putting Live TV front and center on Roku streaming players, tips to help you get the most out of Roku Voice, new speaker configurations for Roku audio products, more voice control options, and updates to Roku mobile app features."


    https://www.roku.com/blog/en-gb/roku-os-10-5


    I've had a quick scan read, and the Live Channel thing sounds interesting, aa does the podcast and music search thing that has Spotify as a launch partner.


    I've updated my old Roku already, so it'll interesting to see if all new features are available, past updates have only had limited changes on older devices e.g. casting from Apple didn't work, just on newer models.

  • Nice one, thank you cheeky.

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  • Nice one, thank you cheeky.

    My pleasure.


    Just put on my new(ish) Roku an it turns out it updated 9 days ago. Oddly that blog post is dated in September, but all the articles complaining it broke something seem to have come in the last few days. I wonder if they wrote it a while back but only made the post "live" when the update launched. Or the more obvious reason, that they've been rolling it out for a while now and it's only some older models that have a problem with it.


    Just found this as I was composing this.

    [OS 10.5] Some older Roku TVs and Roku Ultra players are experiencing playback issues after update
    Update 11/22/21 5:35PM PST We are continuing to investigate reported performance and stability issues, although we can confirm that this is only affecting a…
    community.roku.com

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    I looked into the Live Channels a bit more and it doesn't seem available to me. Reading between lines, I get the impression it's only available in US at the moment.


    Ah. It looks like Live TV Channel Guide has been available inside the Roku Channel app since June 2020 in US. See here https://www.roku.com/blog/live-tv-channel-guide


    So this probably means they've expanded the functionality in Roku OS 10.5 so that you can see the channels outside of the Roku Channel app on the Home screen that you first see when you start-up your Roku. That certainly sounds worthwhile, I hope this becomes available in other countries.

  • BBC iPlayer is now on PlayStation 5.

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