Friday, July 23, 2021

I don't care, but others might

In the last few days, I've seen posts and notices online about a new Olympics portal being available for Roku. According to a blog post by Roku:

We’ve partnered with NBCUniversal to bring you an all-new, immersive Olympic experience to your Roku device. Our Olympics hub makes it easy for you to access NBCU’s Olympic coverage and Olympics-related entertainment on supported Roku devices.

Only, here's the thing. Well, two things. Well, three things.

Three days now after the rollout, it's still not on my Roku devices. And, yes, I have current Roku devices. I mean it's not like I am using a Roku XDS from 2010 to stream. I have a 2021 device that I'm looking at as I type. Got all the updates. Just don't got Olympics portal.

The second thing is, I really don't care. You see, I'm a firm believer that sports and politics shouldn't mix. Hitler tried to use the Olympics to prove the superiority of the German race. That blew up in his face. In my mind, people that use Olympics for political purposes are pulling a page from Hitler. Don't be like Hitler. And, since the Olympics have themselves gone all in on politics, when the games themselves are supposed to be outside of politics, I don't give a rat's ass about the Olympics. Hitler was wrong for trying to use the Olympics for political purposes, Jimmy Carter was wrong for the 1976 U.S. boycott of the Moscow games for political purposes. The U.S.S.R. was wrong for boycotting the Los Angeles Olympics in 1980 in retaliation. And the Olympics themselves are wrong for getting into politics. I stopped watching the Olympics years ago for that reason.

But here's the third thing. Roku doesn't know that I don't care about the Olympics. Roku should make the Olympic portal available on my devices. If the rollout didn't come to me, that means it didn't come to others, including some that do care about the Olympics. And that's unfair to those fans of the games.

When will it be resolved? I dunno. If it does appear, I'll be ticked if there's not a way to turn it off. But it should be available to all users, even uses that don't want it (as long as we can turn it off).

Roku is falling down on the job. They need to fix this. They are adversely impacting the Streaming Life of some users. And that's a bad thing.

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