New Rowing TV Channel on Roku


Have you ever wondered why there isn’t a TV channel for rowing?  Well enterprising rower, Michael Harnad is in the process of making one.

I am a rower and a software developer. I am in the process of developing a rowing channel for the Roku set top box. Like the Apple TV and others, the Roku box is an alternative to cable TV.

As of April 2016, 1 in 5 households have “cut the cable” and currently consume video content through an online service, or, a similar box. As of March, 2016, Roku boasts 9 million active user accounts.

A TV channel for rowing

Roku does not currently have a channel specific to Rowing. And Michael wants to make one.

The channel will be free to view and will be supported by ad content. I am planning to publish all kinds of video content: race results (Olympic, College, High School, Club, etc.), instruction (Erg, Sweep, Scull), and more. This is an opportunity to reach the millions of viewers that have “cut the cable” with content specific to all aspects of rowing.

I plan on launching this channel by the end of the second quarter 2017. Currently the list of content providers is

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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Gillian Shaw

    This is a great idea! Perhaps in the future you may want to include content from non-English speaking locations.
    If so, I’d be happy to help with the French and Italian sources as a translator who is a rower as well, and experienced in translating rowing texts.
    All the best – I shall be watching

    1. Rebecca Caroe

      Thanks Gillian – Very happy to include content from non-English speaking locations. Our problem is not understanding the sources and so not being able to spot which are worth translating and publishing. We know a website and the French federation website – but no others. Keep watching for us, please!

      1. Gillian Shaw

        Good point Rebecca! I do subscribe to canottaggiomania myself as well as some others. Maybe I could do a sample for review to help you decide and keep an eye open for any other good sources. There is the Italian federation site – -that has news items on there too.

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