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Those Roku porn channels you definitely don't have will be banned soon

The streaming company will fundamentally change how private channels work starting in early 2022.
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November 3, 2021
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TL;DR
  • For years, it’s been very easy to get Roku porn channels through the use of private channel installation.
  • However, in March 2022, Roku will alter how uncertified channels work, effectively removing adult content from the platform.
  • This won’t fundamentally affect channel beta testing but will give it a more limited scope.

If you own a Roku streaming device, you likely know how to install channels. You can search the Roku store and install channels from all manners of companies, including Netflix, Amazon, HBO, and more.

See also: The best Roku streaming players

However, you won’t find any adult content providers in the official store. That doesn’t mean Roku porn channels don’t exist, though. Through the use of private channels — officially known as unlicensed channels — you can see content from PornHub, Wicked, Naughty America, and many more. Starting in 2022, though, this practice will end (h/t Protocol).

In March of next year, Roku will limit the scope of unlicensed channels to a maximum of 20 users. It will also rebrand unlicensed channels as beta channels. This will allow for companies to use private channels for their intended purpose: beta-testing content that could eventually land in the Roku store. Of course, the secondary effect of this change will be the Roku porn offerings to be rendered mostly useless.

The exact date of this change will be March 1, 2022. Until then, unlicensed channels will continue to work as normal.

Roku porn: Turning a blind eye

For years, Roku hasn’t tried to stamp down on adult content providers offering access to unlicensed Roku channels. PornHub, for example, has a dedicated page with instructions on how to easily get its channel on your Roku (no, we’re not giving you the URL, but it’s very easy to find). You can even link your PornHub Premium account through the channel. Other adult content providers have similar pages and channels, with even pay-per-view access supported.

However, this Wild West attitude has caused problems for Roku. Mexico briefly banned the sale of Roku streaming boxes because of how easy it is to access unlicensed content, for example. With Roku’s standing as by far the largest media streaming hardware company, the introduction of beta channels is likely an attempt to prevent future problems of this sort.

Of course, this won’t stop adult content providers from figuring out ways to get on your smart TV. For instance, it’s incredibly easy to sideload adult apps on your Android TV and Google can’t really take away or limit that feature. If you want Roku porn, though, you’re going to need to look elsewhere starting next year.