@JamminR–Thank you for your positive suggestions regarding use of Plex. However, I do not appreciate your accusation of my participation in piracy, when cCloud had been explained to me as a private application that was available as a free mp3u8 file-sharing service via Roku for several years, was only recently removed by Roku, evidently due to some threat by the state of Mexico to stop distribution of Roku devices and services in that country. But I never distributed any of cCloud’s content to another party, nor did I ever participate in the uploading of any video content to any of cCloud’s channels, only ever viewed cCloud through my Roku device.
If mere passive viewing of video is considered piracy, then I suspect many persons are unknowing participants in a technically illegal act without any real malicious intent. For that matter, there are probably many illegally uploaded videos on Daily Motion and YouTube that many viewers probably watch every moment of the day without even knowing of the illegality of such.
Frankly, I do not understand the relationship between the Mexican boycott of Roku and the removal by Roku of cCloud. But that is what I have read online about the matter. I have also read online that while cCloud is no longer functional in Roku, cCloud does still function in the programs Kodi and Plex, which is the basis of my inquiry here.
As for my own use of Roku, I find I mainly use the device to access exactly four apps (five, apps, when cCloud was still available)–Pluto (a hybrid of several media sources, with a limited and frequently malfunctioning programming grid), Shout! Factory, TubiTV and YouTube, and that most of the other apps in Roku either require subscriptions (which defeats the purpose, if one has to pay expensive media bills as with cable and satellite) or else are redundant public domain video streams (many using variations of the term “classic TV”) of low quality. Later on I also discovered Roku added its own app that includes several free films and TV series’, although most of them uninteresting to me.
Roku does offer access to YouTube at a faster speed than does the YouTube app in my Sony smart TV set. And I also sometimes use the Roku Media Player as an alternate means (to USB drives) to view video files on some of my ancillary hard drives. So you are correct in your assertion I overreacted a bit in considering my Roku device absolutely obsolete. But I still think Roku contains more junk apps than useful media for my purposes.
I was also ripped off by one of the so-called “authorized,” premium apps in Roku, an app that purports to offer episodes of the classic game show Password but actually plays nothing. And despite my reporting of that issue to Roku, that rip-off app (and others like it by the same developer) remains on Roku.
I am also interested to know if anyone else reading this has had any better experience with other steaming devices besides Roku.
I am cautiously optimistic about a forthcoming media service (called Vidgo) about which I read online, which may finally provide what consumers have longed wished to see developed, a truly a la carte TV distribution service that will, supposedly, allow the viewer to decide exactly which TV networks he/she wishes to include in a self-customized bundle. It would be great, for example, to be able to design a media bundle that offers the ability to view Turner Classic Movies (TCM), One America News Network (OAN), Home Box Office (HBO), Fox News and C-Span, without also having to include CNN, Disney Channel, ESPN, MTV and Nickelodeon.
I have never been able to find an even close-to-perfect video streaming service that provides all of the TV networks and video apps to which I would like to have access, whether DirectTV Now, Hulu, Netflix, PlayStation Vue, Roku, Sling TV or what have you.
Ideally, I would also like my media/video streaming service to include access to over-the-air (OTA) so-called “diginets,” nationally-available, entertainment-based specialty TV networks operated through a multicasting process on the digital subchannels of local broadcast affiliates, which I already receive (such as Buzzr and COZI), but with stronger transmission signals, as well some diginets (such as Antenna TV and Movies!) no longer or never received in my area. But I suppose such an ideal media access scenario would be near impossible. In any event, it will be interesting to see , if and when Vidgo eventually launches, exactly what its price structure and programming availability will be.