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ROCU Locks Out Third Party

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Jul 24 2012

Roku Locks Out Third Party International Channels

One of the most compelling features of Roku, and why they’ve been relatively successful as a scrappy startup, has been their open platform — enabling just about any person or group to produce a video streaming app. Well, fun time’s over. And, apparently, DISH offered Roku enough cash to lock out third party International and foreign language channels… public, private, free, or paid.

Going forward, DISHWorld will be our exclusive partner for the distribution of international content in North America. We believe that this relationship with Dish will result in a greater variety of content as well as higher quality content for our users as well as better results for owners of international content. However, as a result of the exclusive arrangement, many existing international or foreign language channels will be migrated off of the Roku platform in the coming days and weeks.

Due to the exclusivity and to help make sure there is no confusion for new channels, we have updated the developer agreement to require all international or foreign language channels to require written permission before proceeding on Roku (this includes private channels). Typically, we’re going to ask that you speak to DISHWorld first. There may be (and are) cases where they will waive the exclusivity for certain channels or content, but you’re going to have to speak to them to discuss

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What effect do you think this might have on MEGA COSMOS distributed by WhateverTV?

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I think this might effect the entire Greek package on Wherever TV not just MEGA Cosmos. If DishWorld has exclusive rights for Roku then that means Wherever TV will probably have to drop their Greek package as Dish will probably launch their own Greek package on Roku with the channels they currently offer on satellite (Alpha Sat, ANT1 & ERT World).

I don't see MEGA Cosmos being added as its distributed by GMG who have their own IPTV service (Ellas TV), it will remain exclusive to that service.

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It does not look good for Wherever TV.

Dish network pay lots of cash to Roku for the exclusive distribution of international and foreign language channels in North America.

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I wouldn't be surprised if dishnetwork just gets a cut of wherever tv subscribers. I doubt they get rid of them if they offer channels the other guys don't.

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