Beta Max TV is back!
One of my favorite obscure (and free) Roku channels has been Beta Max TV. Back in April, they shut down the channel due to technical issues and the channel was sorely missed. Over the last couple of weeks they have been teasing a return and today they announced Beta Max TV officially relaunches this Friday.
“We officially return on Friday to Roku, but if you go to open the channel now you will see version 2.0 up and running. We’ve made several improvements on it in order to make our videos load faster and play better than before. Also we will be uploading all of our new weekly content on Fridays, so you don’t have to wait for Saturday night to start enjoying many of your favorite hosted programs. On the downside, we won’t be bringing back our 24/7 stream as it won’t function properly under our new framework. If you have any questions, troubles or concerns about the new incarnation of Beta Max TV, just let us know and we’ll get back to you ASAP!”
“Call your friends! Ring the neighbor’s doorbell! Tell you mailman! Beta Max TV will officially make its return to Roku on Friday, August 18. The channel has undergone a few changes since the last time you saw it. The 24/7 live stream is gone. Unfortunately our new framework won’t support it. On the upside, all new episodes will get uploaded on Friday, meaning you don’t have to wait for them to run on Saturday nights anymore. Hooray!”
So if you are not familiar with Beta Max Tv, you may be asking, what the heck is it? From their channel store page, “Beta Max TV is a completely free movie streaming service featuring hosted horror shows and weird genre films from the 60s, 70s and 80s”
Basically it’s full of all the late night goodness (or badness?) that used to be available via late night TV in the good old days. If you are a fan of Shout Factory TV’s B-movie selection, I am sure you will love this channel.