I recently stumbled on to a new Roku channel, NokNok. Now there are many unpublicized Roku channels, but this one caught my eye. NokNok can stream online programming from ABC, CBS, and NBC through Roku devices. So if you’re a cord-cutter, you can watch full episodes of network shows on your television.
NokNok claims to give you “the ability to watch, listen, and share all type of movies, music, shows, pictures, and more — easily, in comfort on existing TV’s, and devices like your phone, or game players, DVD players, as well as the new media players and internet TV’s. NokNok creates a bridge to ‘normalize’ all the different formats, layers of complexity and unifies the interface on all your playable devices.” But I want to focus mainly on NokNok’s streaming capabilities.
Here’s how to add the NokNok channel to your Roku device: First, sign into your Roku account here. Go down to the “Manage Account” section and click on “Add a private channel.” From there type in the code NokNokDLNA. Next you’ll need to create a NokNok account to link your device. Once your Roku is activated, you’ll notice that the interface is not exactly user friendly. NokNok is in beta, so it’s really clunky at this point. Scroll over to the “NokNok Settings” icon and click it. Then go to “Setup Wizard.” Click on “Transcoder” then “NokNok Cloud.” Click “Make Active.” Now you’re ready to add channels or “plugins.” Go to the “NokNok Cloud” icon, click it, scroll over to “Setup Wizard”, click that, and you’ll see icons for plugins. Add some plugins (The ABC, CBS, and NBC were the first ones that I added), go to and click on the “My Plugins” icon, and you’re ready to stream.
Again, there are some kinks in NokNok that need to be worked out. The biggest annoyance is having to watch what seems to be 15 minute long movie trailers before each program starts. And what’s even more annoying is to sit through one of these long trailers only to find that the channel or show you selected is unavailable. So channel surfing through NokNok is really frustrating. However, NokNok promises major updates in the future that hopefully will fix these problems. But if you can handle a few glitches, NokNok will deliver full episodes of big network shows (as well as many other shows and channels) through Roku pretty well.
According to the NokNok website, NokNok apps are also available for several other devices including the iPad, Android devices, and Google TV.