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This is how I watched Current TV on my ROKU tonight.

Got to tell you that it is imperfect; the main problem being reloading and I think the commercials are a big problem (It doesn't seem to be able to deal with several small commercials and loses the signal.)  It runs much better and continuously for the show, until you get to the commercial.  And then the ROKU struggles to upload and has a hard time to regain the signal.

Other than that, it's great!  :-)  

Anyway, below are the steps I took, and maybe someone much more techie savvy than me can fix the reloading problems.  Please let us know if you do solve these problems.

In order to watch Current TV ON ROKU(and Keith Olbermann's "Countdown"), basically what you are doing is loading Justin Tv onto ROKU.  JustinTv then transmits Current TV via, got that?

JustinTV says that it might take 24/48 hrs. to upload.  Mine did so right away.

OK, these are the steps I took:


    JustinTV is not in the Channel Store Menu, so you have to add it to the menu first, before you select it and put it in your NewsCaster Section.  In
This Roku Forum, the subject of how to add Justin TV is discussed.  Some good ROKU links are in this Forum.


If you don't currently have the channel installed, you can do so via this link:

2.  When you go to this link, you will be asked for your ROKU user name and password.  (samo, samo)  

3.  Then, if you need a code, I thank GooderService for this great contribution:

h/t GooderService:

Justin TV does provide a live stream at this time of every live  netcast on Roku.

BUT, BUT, BUT -- and here's the but:  I searched and searched and searched, you get the point, for the Justin TV channel on my Roku.  Time, by the way, that I can never get back.

Some compassionate soul in a chatroom, when I asked how to find Justin TV,  gave me this link

Guess what?  Justin TV is on that list at that link.  I actually had to sign up for Justin TV with the special code given at that link, and now FINALLY Justin TV is added as a channel on my Roku.

WTF... is all I can say.  There's a secret password that you can only find at the link I was given and now provided to you.  That's crazy.

So now I know that I have to get my secret decoder ring updated.  Geesh.

I never knew that there were secret channels that you couldn't add on the Roku -- that you had to go to the website and use a PIN or password to add it to your Roku channels.  And even then it takes 24 to 48 hours to have the channel added.

by gooderservice

4.  At this point, JustinTv should show up in your NewsCaster lineup under News Section, and you can now upload it to your lineup.

5.  When you get JustinTv in your line up, go to the 'news' section of JustinTV and select "Countdown" and you can put it in your 'favorites' section (the one with the heart!)

6.  Now you should be able to watch the show when it is streamed live.

However, as explained in the Intro., I had a LOT of problems with reloading, especially during the commercials.  When it worked well, it was fine.

Okay, that's the deal.  You should be able to get Countdown on ROKU.

BUT, BUT, BUT.......


Happy Viewing.

I have gone to this trouble, for myself and the community, because I think something really, really important is going on here.  I just wanted to repeat what I said the last night, on the occasion of Keith's show.

I call it the "American Spring":

I didn't expect to be able to watch this show live tonight and came home from work late, grumbling to myself that all my efforts to try to find a live connection brought me nothing.

And then as I researched, I found this link and when I clicked on it, viola there he was!  Awesome.  Threw up a quick diary to let other folks know how to listen.

Now that its over, I am left with a sense of what an historic event just took place.

Our original progressive tv voice returned tonight after an exile for being too progressive.  And he came roaring back, better than ever.

This was not just about a return, a comeback.  It was about a re-invention of enormous proportions.  As many of us struggled to find a way to watch Keith via commercial, plutocratic media only to find the prices jacked up, or the plug pulled, tonight via that other populist medium - the internet - we were able to join in.  

For me it was like an "American Spring".....  the voices of the people were not able to be drowned by the 'powers that be' and the 'media empire that serves them.'

We now have Current TV, thanks to Al Gore and Keith Olbermann.  And at least for tonight, we found a way to bypass all the commercial censorship.  

Hopefully, this will be Day One of a long, long time of listening to the progressive message.


Are you going to try to watch Countdown on ROKU?

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  •  Tip Jar (14+ / 0-)

    If one of us is denied civil rights, all of us are denied civil rights.

    by SeaTurtle on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 06:15:55 PM PDT

  •  Ok, so is ROKU the same as (2+ / 0-)
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    Dom9000, Pluto

    streaming Netflix stuff through your Wii, with just a different device?  Is it wireless like the Wii?

    I haven't tried seeing if I can stream justinTv through the Wii.  Anyone know if that works?  (At work right now so can't experiment).

    Thanks for the diary!

    FDR: The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
    RNC: The only thing we have is fear.

    by smileycreek on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 06:25:57 PM PDT

  •  Holy smoke! You did it! (2+ / 0-)
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    SeaTurtle, gooderservice

    Well, this is one Diary I'm printing.

    Thank you so much Sea Turtle.

  •  roku (2+ / 0-)
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    SeaTurtle, gooderservice

    I don't know if I'll try it or not. Maybe some day but not right away. I have not used my Roku yet, so maybe I'll wait and get more familiar with it.

    Mostly though, Countdown comes in so good on ready tv that it sounds like I'm better off with it for now. I have never had any buffer problems, or any other problems with ready tv.

    Thank you for the tips though. It will help as I learn my way around Roku.

    America is so not like her hype.

    by OLinda on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 07:00:09 PM PDT

    •  You have a Roku? (2+ / 0-)
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      SeaTurtle, OLinda

      It is so very simple to set up.  The remote control is even simpler.

      Although we do need to know the secrets of getting something like Justin TV, many, if not most, of the channels are in plain sight and easy to choose from.

      To set up the Roku, plug in your wire, plug the power cord in, Roku will walk you through the set up in under five minutes.  

      First you have to have your wireless network password to type in.

      Then Roku will give you a five digit code to activate your box, where you have to go to on your computer to do so.  You know, give your name, email addy, create a password, and... they also require you to store your credit card number on file.

      You will NOT be charged anything at all unless you choose to subscribe to some of their paid channels.

      Then go have fun, play with it.  There are a ton of channels to search through, but you only add the ones you're interested in.  (Kind of like choosing which icons you want to have readily available on your desktop)

      To every millionaire who decries they don't want their grandchildren paying for the deficit, I say: PAY MORE TAXES NOW and your grandkids won't have a deficit burden.

      by gooderservice on Wed Jun 22, 2011 at 09:00:26 AM PDT

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  •  Roku live chat not very helpful (1+ / 0-)
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    I tried to get some help from Roku to access Countdown.

    The live chat help desk didn't have a clue, and suggested that I subscribe to Hulu.

    Why doesn't Current provide a way to watch the complete Countdown program on their website at any hour?

    "Humankind cannot bear very much reality." - T.S. Eliot

    by fixxit on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 10:20:45 PM PDT

  •  Current TV livestream is available at Ready TV. (1+ / 0-)
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    "Misfortune shows those who are not really friends." Aristotle Fuldheim's long and distinguished career - where, at age 91, .,,,. suffered a stroke on July 27, 1984, shortly after interviewing U.S. President Ronald Reagan via satellite.

    by JugOPunch on Wed Jun 22, 2011 at 04:31:06 AM PDT

  •  Thanks for this diary. Roku plus group? (2+ / 0-)
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    SeaTurtle, nejcotto

    I've been meaning to respond to you in other diaries regarding Roku, and just haven't had the chance.  I'm sorry.

    Anyway, I was thinking about how we could share Roku information not just for Keith's show, but with the massive content that it includes, it's a great way for people NOT to have to subscribe to any TV provider, i.e., cable, FIOS, satellite.

    It is hard, almost impossible to find all the tips, big or small, that people are sharing in all the different diaries, so at first I thought just to have one ongoing diary with all the tips that we could keep adding to in comments for reference later.

    But then, after reading your fabulous in depth diary here, you gave me the idea of why not have a group dedicated just to sharing information and tips dedicated to an alternative way to watch the TV without having to pay those -- well, you know, i.e., using a Roku, or Apple TV, or Boxee, etcetera, in addition to posting links to streaming websites such as

    This would be a great addition to add to the information:

    Veronica Belmont from Tekzilla, has a spreadsheet that explains the capabilities of each box and what programming they offer.

    I also learned about the spreadsheet from watching Leo Laporte, techguylabs, and his netcasts.

    To every millionaire who decries they don't want their grandchildren paying for the deficit, I say: PAY MORE TAXES NOW and your grandkids won't have a deficit burden.

    by gooderservice on Wed Jun 22, 2011 at 08:48:33 AM PDT

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