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The last I read was to wait for 2017 for updates. Well 2017 has come and gone and 2019
will be hear soon.
You must have some good news to report by now otherwise I would start firing the people
who develop the apps.
Roku support is way overdue. I am moving from TWC to a Cox neighborhood and TWC has had excellent Roku support for years. It's absolutely ridiculous that there is still no support today.
Cox uses Contour 2. Contour 2 is designed by Comcast, so any changes to Cox's Contour first have to be designed and implemented by Comcast. Comcast has the Roku app in beta. I suspect when it comes out of beta and they start charging people for it, Cox will jump on the bandwagon. They just don't want to include it now for free. Spectrum designed their own app, so they were able to make direct 1:1 license deals with Roku and others.
"Where Roku is already being used are they charging a fee to let you use your own personal device?"
Netflix and/or Comcast isn't charging for the equipiment rental. They can't. They don't own Roku. However they do own rights to the app they spent money designing to work on Roku and Cox has to pay Comcast for the rights, so that bill has to be paid by someone. It's not that different then Netflix charging more money for more users to access their Netflix app on Roku. I recently downgraded my Netflix for that very reason, not needing as many screen/users.
Also, it looks like Comcast and Cox are going to be pushing people to pay for Netflix on their Cox bill. This buys you a SD subscription, but at the price (rumored) of a HD plan. So no matter how you look at it; paying Cox for Netflix or paying Cox to play Netflix, the product is inferior to getting a normal subscription and using the normal Netflix app on a Roku.
PS. Is the "quote" function broken for anyone else? Just updated Chrome so could just be a bug on my side.
I look at the complete Roku thing as competition. If I have to pay to use an app
so I can not pay for a cable box sort of defeats the purpose. I think this will
just make subscribers ditch the cable TV part and buy a sub from Sling
Dish, and the most likely hundreds of internet based suppliers for programming.
Saying that, the app should be free just like millions of other apps on the Google Play Store are and be grateful a customer is using it to maintain the over priced programing. Lets face it, you can have hundreds of channels but if you could just pick the ones you really watch and pay for only them it would probably be about 6 channels. Internet based programming is the future.
KenKK said:the app should be free just like millions of other apps on the Google Play Store
They aren't charging for the app, they are charging for the rights for users to access the app to watch content. Anyone can download the app, it just won't work(when out of beta) unless you pay for the service level that includes it or pay outright for it. Providers don't like investing time and money into a app, AND have to pay for rights, and not ask for a return on cost or profit. Like it or not, it is the industrial norm. I voted with my wallet and just don't watch TV anymore. I don't even miss it.
Have you confirmed this? I thought it was going to work just like what COX offers
for free now, letting you watch your cox content on a PC or a Laptop. Only difference
is you would be using the app now on your Roku or FireTV with your home TV.
Confirmed with Cox? No.Maybe a moderator here can, but I doubt it. Still too soon. But I have confirmed with Comcast, and since Comcast owns Contour, I am pretty sure Cox HAS to follow their path. I can dig around and find the links showing Comcast will be charging for it after beta. And no, it won't be free because it will be a direct replacement for a cable box, while watching from your PC doesn't directly take away from their bottom line. It's the same reason none of their apps would cast to Chromecast or other streaming devices. Not saying it's fair, just saying that seems to be the way things are headed.