Changes in the 2.8.2 update (now available)
I'm very pleased to share that the official channel has had its 2.8.2 update approved by Roku and is now available in the channel store! The main purpose of this release was to support the new remote control features that were introduced as part of the Chromecast release. You can now use Plex on a variety of your other devices to control Plex on your Roku in a much richer way.
This release also includes some changes to better align the Roku channel with the rest of our official clients. Specifically:
- PlexPass users get early access. The [topic=53331]PlexTest[/topic] channel is now primarily available to PlexPass users.
- NEW USERS ONLY - The official channel will be available for free in the channel store and comes with a 30-day free trial. After the trial period expires, the channel will always be free for PlexPass users, or can be fully unlocked by making a small one-time in-channel purchase. So, to recap: PlexPass users always get the channel as part of their subscription; non-PlexPass users get a 30-day free trial and can choose to permanently unlock the channel with a one-time purchase.
- Existing users will continue to get the channel for free. Your Roku account has essentially been gifted the in-channel purchase. And Roku in-channel purchases are per-account, not per-device. So even if you go out and buy a new Roku, as long as you link it to your same account, you'll get the full channel for free.
The 2.8.2 update is currently only available on Roku's running version 5.x of the firmware. The first-gen devices will not receive the update. Why? To be perfectly honest, we just couldn't get the update approved for older devices before Roku's holiday freeze. It will hopefully become available early in the new year, and PlexPass users can use the PlexTest channel. Or who knows, maybe Santa will bring you a Roku 3. It really is a nice upgrade over the old hardware.
Take the new remote control features for a spin and let us know what you think!