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Roku Just Banned Channel Pear – One of The Most Popular Private Roku Channels

Back in early August Roku made it clear that it intended to remove any service that pirates content from its devices. Now it looks like Roku has banned one of their most popular private Roku Channels Channel Pear and with your next update, it will be removed from Roku players.

Tonight several readers have messaged us telling us that with the most recent update to Channel Pear removes the channel from their Roku player. After XTV was banned many users had moved over to Channel Pear as a replacement and it looks like Roku took notice.

Here is the notice you will find after loading Channel Pear following today’s update.

It seems like this is part of a crackdown by Roku on piracy. Recently Roku the following warning, which anyone who tries to add a non-certified Roku channel sees:

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.

Roku is also adding new requirements to upload a channel to Roku. These new requirements seem aimed at making developers identify themselves. Now if you want to submit a Roku channel you must do the following:

  1. use a verified email address,
  2. link at least one Roku device to their account, and
  3. have a payment method on file.

This all comes after Roku got caught up in a lawsuit in Mexico about non-certified Roku channels that allow piracy. Because of the lawsuit that targeted the creators of the Roku channels, a Mexican court banned all sales in Mexico. Roku is still fighting the ban of Roku sales in Mexico, but at this time the ban is still in place.

If you are just adding Roku channels from the Roku Channel Store you have nothing to worry about. This change only affects Roku channels you do not find inside the Roku Channel Store and have to add with a code.

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32 Responses to Roku Just Banned Channel Pear – One of The Most Popular Private Roku Channels

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    CommodoreFan64 October 24, 2017 at 9:11 pm #

    Looks like their pirate ship got sunk!!!

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    Blake Sinnett October 24, 2017 at 9:41 pm #

    That’s quite unfortunate. I actually used that channel to add private streams to watch on my devices. I never shared them publicly.

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      HeyRadar October 24, 2017 at 10:42 pm #

      If they are your streams you could try using Tubio or similar apps to cast them.

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        TheJrockfreak . October 26, 2017 at 10:15 am #

        im using tubio for it now

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      Kurt Semler October 24, 2017 at 11:51 pm #

      There are way better ways to cast your own private streams, and there’s even an official M3U playlist player in the Roku Store. All you need to do is point it to your playlist that you upload, (it could be to your own server on your own LAN if you want), and use the M3U player to play it. Wikipedia even has an article on how to make your own M3U lists.

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      Joseph ewing October 25, 2017 at 6:14 am #

      Plex is your friend.

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      JGaLaXY October 25, 2017 at 8:24 am #

      did channel pear have all kinds of streams? Didnt know about it

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      greatscott58 October 25, 2017 at 4:57 pm #

      As others here have posted, learning how to create streaming video playlists (of files in M3U or M3U8 formats) played with an M3U player is probably the best method to access video streams in such a way that Roku (and eventually Amazon with its Fire TV device) won’t be able to ban such because the individual viewer has created them truly privately.

      In the meantime, one may check for the remaining so-called “private video channels” on Roku (though they, too, will probably be eventually removed, just as Channel Pear and XTV were). I am reluctant to mention any of them here so as not to draw attention from the copyrights police. But if one is truly determined, one will find them just as with Channel Pear and XTV.

      And another option to access M3U streams is to try websites such as (there are several other, similar sites), where one may grab individual streams (including streams of cable television sources) from all over the world, viewable by means of an HDMI connection to one’s TV set or else directly via one’s computer. There is more work involved (mainly, the closing down of several pop-up windows within the media player) to access these streams than a simpler super app (such as Channel Pear or XTV) on Roku. But, then, beggars may not be choosers.

      Besides streams of free cable TV feeds, I had actually enjoyed the many 24/7 streams of singular TV series’ and film and TV collections persons are sharing via these M3U playlists through Channel Pear and XTV. Basically, what these persons are doing is sharing their private home video collections with others en masse. It is truly easier to have a 24/7 “I Love Lucy” and “Seinfeld” channel or a classic horror films channel, etc. than having to individually play videos on DVDs or even from digital files on one’s computer or from ancillary hard drives.

      One other stream I had enjoyed from Channel Pear is the Hamilton, Ontario-based Canadian cable channel CHCH. But I discovered this independent TV station itself (on virtual channel 11) operates a no restrictions access stream (to its local programming) from its own website. CHCH features prime time blocks of many currently in-production, American-based TV series’ (from all the major broadcast networks, such as “Modern Family”), classic films and two generous blocks of classic TV on weekdays; in the morning (from 10:00 a.m. EST to noon) “The Bob Newhart Show,” “I Dream of Jeannie,” “Newhart” and a self-produced drama series called “The Pinkertons,” in the late afternoon (4:00 p.m. EST until 6 p.m.) “Batman,” “Bewitched,” “The Partridge Family” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” All one need do is visit the CHCH website at and click on the “Watch CHCH Live Now” link at the top of the screen. And to make CHCH viewable on one’s TV set, only a simple HDMI connection is required and one is “good to go.”

      So despite Roku’s unfortunate disruption of one of my easiest and most frequent sources of video entertainment (Channel Pear), I have already (in less than 24 hours) replaced Channel Pear with three other streaming video sources–another “private channel” streaming app on Roku, a multi-streams website and a live stream from a TV station’s own website.Voila!

      And even if those alternate streaming sources would someday become unavailable, there is the M3U player option of truly privately-created playlists, as well my eventual plan to just assemble all my favorite TV series (and films) on one or a few ancillary hard drives (2 or 3 TB in size) that I would, more or less, leave permanently plugged into the USB portals of my TV set, for access anytime. So as the old adage (which should infuriate animal rights activists, but metaphorically applicable in this situation) goes, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.”

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        greatscott58 October 25, 2017 at 5:30 pm #

        One addendum to my previous post, which, unfortunately I seem unable to edit after a few minutes has elapsed, is that aforementioned CHCH channel (based in Ontario, Canada) does not air “Modern Family.” But I was still correct CHCH does air some others of currently in-production, American-based TV series (such as “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers,” “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “House of Cards,” “The Americans,” “20/20,” “48 Hours,” “60 Minutes” and “Nightline”) in its prime time and late night schedule.

        So, CHCH offers current dramatic and non-fictional episodic series’, plus some generous blocks of classic TV series’ and classic (“Father’s Little Dividend,” “Road to Bali, etc.) and more recent blockbuster (“Moneyball,” “Super 8,” “War of the Worlds,” etc.) films. CHCH is how indie TV stations used to be, but would today be regarded as a combination of MeTV/TV Land and Turner Classic Movies, with a dash of broadcast network and cable programming.

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    Andy Munro October 24, 2017 at 9:43 pm #

    I am so done with Roku….I used Channel Pear legitimately….they are driving customers away

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      Vastmandana October 24, 2017 at 11:38 pm #

      No…Pear is the problem… grow up. Finally we’re making progress decoupling from the mega ripoff from cable and pireting threatens this…

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        jtxl October 29, 2017 at 7:45 pm #

        I can’t say I agree. streaming pay channels are $20 per month. there is no savings especially when it is only 1 channel. I tried out HBO now and it sucks. The video quality is crap and you can’t watch shows when they first air because the video sticks. Most of the channels on channel pear would not work when new episodes were on but it was free and you could catch msnbc or cnn or c-span live

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      Joseph ewing October 25, 2017 at 6:10 am #

      The customers they are driving away (who are in the minority of Roku users) are ones they don’t want.

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    robfwtx October 24, 2017 at 9:51 pm #

    Get Plex and add the channel.

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    HeyRadar October 24, 2017 at 10:42 pm #

    What I’m afraid of next is Fire TV does the same.

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      Joseph ewing October 25, 2017 at 6:13 am #

      That’s a reasonable fear.

      At some point Amazon may get pushback from Content Providers who licence content to Amazon Video. When it hits Amazon in the pocket, they’ll make a change.

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      peter October 26, 2017 at 5:05 am #

      Fire TV is running Android software! It’s open source, there is nothing Amazon can do if you side load apps! ( Kodi, etc)

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        HeyRadar October 26, 2017 at 6:08 am #

        The Fire TV has a block app feature they can add apps to. Even side loaded apps. With a software update they could even remove the ability to side load apps.

        Which then owners would have to root the device to get around the blocks, which most won’t attempt.

        Even if they don’t stop it they could discourage it to the point that most owners would give up.

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        john262 October 26, 2017 at 10:38 pm #

        Channel Pear has already been removed from the Amazon Channel Store. There is a Channel Pear Android app out there that can be side loaded to Fire TV but it is extremely buggy on the Fire TV and pretty much useless.

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    Spencer Greve October 25, 2017 at 11:12 am #

    Bah, that was my method to watch The Weather Channel.

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      john262 October 26, 2017 at 10:40 pm #

      If you have the Roku Plex client installed then add the Plex CCCloud channel to your Plex server. It carries the Weather Channel.

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        jtxl October 29, 2017 at 7:55 pm #

        is plex free? does it have free channels like msnbc? roku has a nbc channel that is free but the msnbc shows are not live and not complete

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          john262 October 30, 2017 at 4:41 pm #

          Plex has both a free tier and a paid tier. You don’t really need the paid tier unless you wish to stream outside of your local network. And you can access Plex channels with a free subscription. But be warned that many Plex channels do not work anymore. However the CCloud channel remains under active development.

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          Tom Barrister November 12, 2017 at 4:58 am #

          Pluto has a live composite MSNBC/NBC News channel that carries virtually all MSNBC content.

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    peter October 26, 2017 at 9:55 am #

    Just buy a high end Android TV box!

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    TheJrockfreak . October 26, 2017 at 10:14 am #

    that really sucks I love using channel pear especially their 24/7 streams.

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    Real American October 26, 2017 at 8:11 pm #

    I stopped using my Roku over this crap a year ago.

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    peter October 27, 2017 at 6:38 am #

    Channel pair works great on kodi!

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    James Liquor December 23, 2017 at 5:24 pm #

    Your channelpear library has a M3U URL …. just add that url to a m3u player ( there’s one in the Roku store)

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    James Liquor December 23, 2017 at 5:27 pm # Go to your library, find “Pair” and choose Roku. Copy that URL to your just installed m3u player. Bam You have ChannelPear again.