FilmOn Higher Quality

When FilmOn made their changes last month they blocked a loophole which allowed users to watch the higher quality (note, I’m not going to call them HD as I feel they aren’t high enough to have that label) streams without the need to have a premium FilmOn account.

Several people requested that I support being able to login to FilmOn to reach the better streams, so today I’m please to announce version 2.0.8 of my FilmOn app.
You can now login with your FilmOn email address and password and if you have an active pro account watch the higher quality streams.

To login you need to move to the About tab along the top and then press the * key on your remote, it’s been built to be not too obvious as you don’t need to login to use the app with the lower quality stream which most people are happy about. Details will remain saved on the box for future use.

Premium FilmOn is £/$/€14.99 a month, with savings for a year, but I’d suggest sticking to a rolling contract.
The app doesn’t support any of the DVR features FilmOn offer, so unless you plan to use them with other devices I’d suggest not adding on any extras.

The app should be updating on your Roku today (private channel arteseafon), or if you have a NOW TV box you can sideload using this ZIP file
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B787MtHYmgPnal8tVFR6X1diT00

Finally many thanks for all those who recently donated. It’s great to know that for me what was just a hobby meant so much more to you.

56 thoughts on “FilmOn Higher Quality

  1. Hi Ryan,

    Thanks for yet more options and your hard work making them happen.
    One question, is this version suitable for both subscription and non subscription or is it a separate app ?

    Thanks again ,
    Mark

    1. The app works fine without a subscription, and there will only be one version. Some small code changes which shouldn’t be to noticeable if you don’t login, but I’ll be blocking old versions of the app on NOW TV boxes at some point in the new year.

  2. Hi Ryan,

    I just rebooted my roku stick to check out the new version, while all the channels that I’ve checked play well , when I go to the about section to check the version number the app shuts down and the roku goes back to the home page.

    Mark

  3. Hi Ryan,
    Add kix to ade’s list of kids channels not loading, other than that I put it on a black now tv box a nowtv smart box and roku stick and apart from the mentioned kids channels all is well.

    Mark

  4. Hi Ryan

    Thanks again for creating such a basic app in a modern world that does exactly what the people want I donated and will continue to do so keep up the great work

    I have recently moved but area aerial signal was bad but internet perfect so this has been the answer to my Nowtv smart box dilemma for now

  5. Hi Ryan, from the screengrab of the new version it appears that the USB option is no longer available….. If so could you possibly consider not blocking old Now Tv versions as my elderly father-in-law uses both the filmon channels (as the local tv signal sometimes fails), and the usb to look at photos.

    Thanks, Jac

  6. Depressingly NOW TV are currently updating the firmware of their boxes to remove access to sideloaded applications like Ryan’s FilmOn App:

    “In the coming days, there will be a few changes to the NOW TV Box as part of our regular updates to improve the service.

    The latest update has been designed to safeguard the device from piracy and illegal streaming of content; therefore it will disable the use of unofficial third party software or apps.

    This will not affect your ability to watch NOW TV or download supported apps through the Channel Store.

    NOW TV Team”

  7. This will only impact NOW TV boxes not Roku.

    You cannot block the NOW TV boxes from upgrading the firmware (although I’m not sure the upgrade will happen with boxes located outside the UK).

      1. @nigel,that’s not what Network Pings do. The only way to block the update is null traffic on your router to the Roku servers (and that’s often requires custom router firmware), but apps will never update an may stop working.

  8. Hi Billy,
    I’m sure there are other filmon plugins for kodi, can’t say if they are geolocked or not but it’s probably worth a scout around as it costs nothing !
    I’m not a big fan of kodi plugins as I’ve not found them to be reliable, that is one reason I’m such a fan of Ryan’s app which i will continue to use on my roku’s

    I should add a big thank you to Ryan for the work now TV / Roku app which I’ve enjoyed, it also lead me to trying out Roku which my family love.

    Mark

  9. Hey Ryan,

    My NowTV box just updated when I wasn’t looking and now I cannot install your channel, I keep getting the error:

    Install Failure: Auth token required to install dev channels on this device.

    The box is now version 7.5.3 build 4068-10. Any ideas how to fix it?

    Kind regards

    1. Hi Christian,
      Now TV have updated their firmware to remove and block sideloaded apps which unfortunately includes Ryan’s app.

      Time to get a Roku if you wish to continue using the app.

  10. I was wondering if anyone using the NZ or Italian or any other countries version of the now TV box have been affected by the firmware change that we have had in the UK.

    Mark

  11. Hi there, is there a specific roku which works better than the others? which roku would you recommend? Have had Ryans app on the now tv box for my daughters room as she is so upset now after the update. Would consider a roku but would like your advise as to which one. Thanks in advance.

    1. i’ve had different roku’s in the past, as well as now tv boxes. if you can have a wired connection, i would go for a roku 2 or 3, bearing in mind that since there are lots of versions around (especially on ebay), check that you are buying the 2015/2016 version, not the older ones. in the case of roku 2 the version is 4205 or 4210, for roku 3 it’s 4200.
      the only real extra in roku 3 is the earphones plug on the remote, which was the reason i chose it, rather than the roku 2, but for me, sound quality is really awful, so im not using it.
      a wired connection makes a big difference in signal and steeaming stability.
      however, if you go wifi, i’d buy the roku streaming stick, which is cheaper than a 2 or a 3, but placement can be tricky, depending on your tv.
      overall, i think your best choice would be a roku 2. you can get it for around 50 pounds.

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