Sunday, August 18, 2013

Huell Howser Roku Channel

In honor of Huell Howser, I wrote a free private Roku Channel to stream his episodes.  It was my first stab at Roku development, but I think it turned out quite well.  It provides a nice interface on your TV to access the videos archived by Chapman University (https://blogs.chapman.edu/huell-howser-archives/).  You can search for episodes, or my favorite just click the random button to roll the dice and marathon episodes in random order.

To add it to your Roku, go to https://my.roku.com/account/add?channel=Huell login with your Roku account and click Add Channel













17 comments:

bryan said...

oh my god this is amazing! I just bought my friend's mom a Roku and was googling to see what all it could do, now that I know there's a Huell Howser channel I'm going to have to get a Roku for myself! Thank you for your work!!

Unknown said...

Thank you! I was hoping something like this existed. This is great!

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Unknown said...

Thank you so much for making this! I use it all the time!! Quick question: Any idea why the new episodes that have been uploaded won't play in the Roku channel? Are they in a different format than before? Thanks again!!

Unknown said...

I have the same problem,there are more videos that won't play than do.Is there a fix?It's strange and annoying.Thx

Josh said...

Fixed and updated in version 2.0 published now!

Dave said...

Hello Josh-- we have been enjoying your Huell Howser Roku channel since you updated and fixed it, but tonight it once again was not working at all and every single link we clicked on did not work. Do you have a fix for this? Let me know- thanks!

Josh said...

Updated, thanks for the heads up!

Unknown said...

Thank you for the update Josh,you're the man!

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Brent said...

I love this Roku Channel. My whole family loves Huell and we watch him frequently. I was upset there were shows not airing on PBS and I wanted to watch the Chapman University videos on my TV. I added this to my Roku, and hours later I went and bought my folks a Roku just for this channel. I set it up and added this channel for them and showed them how to work it. Thank you very much for making it.

I have a few questions for you. When I search for a show it does not save my searches to recent searches. I thought I could search for each show title for them, so the list of shows would be under recent searches. Do you know why it doesn't save?

Would it be hard to add a tab titled "Shows" which, when you click on it, gives you a list of shows? Thanks again and have a nice day. -Brent McAlister Citrus Heights, CA

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Josh said...

Thanks, now updated for Roku OS 10.0

Joex said...

Thanks Josh for the 2.2 update! It works perfectly now. I removed my two previous comments so they wouldn't confuse newer visitors to your blog.

Paddy O said...
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Paddy O said...

After watching Huell Howser back in the day, for some reason I really got interested in watching again and was sad it was only possible on my computer (or awkwardly with screen share). Thanks for your work in putting this channel together! I can watch with my kids now and since my daughter just started 4th grade she's learning California history this year and no better companion to do that than Huell.

Plus, with all the mess that's going on in the world, Huell's shows are like balm for my soul. Thanks again!