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Roku Applications Get A Badly Needed Upgrade

I bet you were wondering when you’d get a new ROKU update.  Well, the wait is over.  And let me tell you the wait was worth it.  Let’s run down some of the enhancements:

  • This application is FAST!!!
  • Your REAL DVD & SCENE STASH is visible.

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  • ALL Premium channels are visible.

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  • Category Filters

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  • New “Personalized” Section

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  • So what are you waiting for?  Go get that update!

The private channel codes are:

  • VIDEOBOX
  • VBDISCREET

If you want to force the update on your Roku go to “Settings” –> “System update” –> “Check now”

Star Search Fixed

Status Update On Search:

Just wanted folks to know that the broken Star Search has been fixed. There are still lots of search issues that need to be fixed. We know it. You know it. Please feel free to comment on specific search issues you are having here on the blog. The more helpful and courteous you are the more likely we can spin out some quick fixes. OK…..go!

New Mobile Site Launched!

When I started working at Videobox as a software engineer almost 2 years ago, I was really looking forward to working on mobile video.  The future was now.  Netflix on mobile was a year away.  Hulu on phones cost extra.  But I could see it coming.  What did we have to offer?  Not much, it turned out.  We had some sort of “beta” experiment going on, but it felt like an unfinished product.  I did sort of have the ability to watch porn, but just not my porn.  I wanted better.  It never passed what I called “the bathroom test”.

Introducing the new-new m.videobox.com!  Now you can see your complete stash of dvds, scenes AND movies!

The performance and video quality has been drastically improved.  And the UI has been fully tested on both Android and Apple devices.  No flash. Just great streaming video.  Anywhere.

Now With Video Format Switching!

The performance is going to be much better on WiFi connections as opposed to 3G cell networks.  I did my best to detect network latency and toggle between two formats, which are both encoded in H.264:

  • WiFi Network Format: 640×480 @1200KBs
  • 3G Network Format: 320×240 @300KBs

So pull out your phone and head to the bathroom.  You’ll be glad you did.  I guarantee it.

–Ben