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Is there a reasonable way to change channels?

I just got a Roku and had high hopes for the Spectrum app.  However, finding and changing channels is so difficult it renders the app pretty much useless.  Going from channel 1 to channel 600 takes a few minutes of scrolling through each channel in the guide, one by one.  Is there any way to enter a channel number with the remote or use Roku's voice functionality to search for a channel by number or name?  If not, why not, and what is the plan and timeline for implementing a reasonable way to change channels?  I feel like I must surely be missing something here, since I can't imagine a live TV streaming app would be deemed ready for release without such a basic function.

 

(I'm aware of the semi-functional "favorite channels" feature, but even when that works, it is at best a silly and partial workaround.)

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Re: Is there a reasonable way to change channels?

This question was asked about a year ago and the consensus was No.  You can set up your favorites and then use the filter to limit the number of channels you have to scan through, but there is no numeric input to the Spectrum app on Roku or any of the other platforms (Windows, iOS,etc.)  the app runs on. 

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Re: Is there a reasonable way to change channels?

We wound up using the standalone apps for just about all the channels we watched regularly. These could be loaded via voice command.

Not the ideal solution of course, but some actually offered some nice extras. Like a choice between an east coast or west coast feed, or how the Fox one had it's own guide for all the channels available from their properties--including the live feed from the local affiliate. Some were setup for easy access between the live feed and on demand too... hit the back button to go to the top menu then quickly tab to different categories. Some also supported start over within their apps as well.
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Re: Is there a reasonable way to change channels?

Most every streaming service has designed their applications based on the "swipe" and "scroll" system and do not have the ability to direct input a channel number or channel name (although voice input is becoming increasingly popular). All of the most popular devices like Roku, Fire Sticks, Apple TV, and Chromecasts do not have numbers on their remotes. Even if they did, like the new TiVo Stream 4K, most apps don't support it.