Roku Non-Certified Channels

Roku Non-Certified Channels
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What is a “Non-certified” Roku Channel?

Roku no longer refers to Roku Channels  as public or private when publishing.  or Non-Certifed channels as Roku now likes to call it.

UPDATED: July 2017

Noncertified channels are for testing and staging your channels before submitting to begin the Roku Channel Store certification process.

Non-certified channels cannot be found in the Roku Channel Store. Non-certified channels are built by Roku developers who wish to reach a specific audience (ie. Roku Adult) without making their channel available to all Roku customers. Instead, a unique “channel access code” (e.g. “FG324”) is used to add the channel to your account.

Why would a developer choose to release a channel as a non-certified channel instead of submitting it to the Roku Channel Store?

A few reasons:

  • The channel isn’t ready for the Roku Channel Store (ie. Beta). Developers use non-certified channels to test their apps prior to submitting.
  • Developers like the freedom to make changes immediately without having to re-submit for approval.
  • A developer may decide to create a non-certified channel if they want to reach a specific audience.

Are non-certified channels legal?

Yes, as long as they are in accordance with the terms of the Roku Channel Developer Agreement, Roku does not restrict the distribution of non-certified channels.
Can I build my own non-certified Roku channel?
 You can build a Roku channel either from scratch using Roku’s free developer tools.  Or by using the simple Instant TV Channel for Roku web based software.

 

Steps to add a non-certified channel

To download and install a non-certified channel:

  1. Go to my.roku.com on your computer or smartphone.
  2. If prompted, sign in to your Roku account.
  3. Under Manage account select Add a Channel.
  4. Enter the channel access code received from the channel provider and select Add Channel.

The channel will not immediately appear in the list of channels on your Roku streaming player or Roku TV. Your Roku device checks every 24 hours for any new channels you have added from the website and automatically installs them. If you would like to download the channel immediately, go to your Roku device and select Settings > System > System update > Check now.

Once downloaded, new channels are added to the list of channels under Home on the main screen of your Roku device. Scroll down and you will see your new channel at the bottom of your list of channels.

When adding a non-certified channel to your Roku device, the following message appears.

WARNING!

 

THIS IS A NON-CERTIFIED CHANNEL. Roku requires all channels to abide by Roku’s terms and
conditions, and to distribute only legal content. Roku does not test or review non-certified channels.
By continuing, you acknowledge you are accessing a non-certified channel that may include content
that is offensive or inappropriate for some audiences. Moreover, if Roku determines that this channel
violates copyright, contains illegal content, or otherwise violates Roku’s terms and conditions, then
ROKU MAY REMOVE THIS CHANNEL WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE.