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Pub-D-Hub on Roku

RokuGuide Review: I like old films. Turner Classic Movies is one of my favorite cable channels. I have a boxed set of Bogie and Bacall on DVD. So Pub-D-Hub is, of course, one of my favorite Roku channels. The channel is best described on Pub-D-Hub's website: "Pub-D-Hub is home to classic movies, television shows, and cartoons that have entered the public domain."

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But that doesn't do justice to the depth of content that is available. Pub-D-Hub content has 11 categories of content:

Educational - These short films are primarily the type that would have been shown in elementary schools in the 1950's with topics such as menstruation, "School Rules: How They Help Us", and how to get over shyness (starring Bewitched's Dick York as a shy high school boy). You will also find some surprising bits of American history buried in with the propaganda, such as the Kennedy-Nixon debate and a short 1942 film on the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Cautionary films - More educational films for 1950s school-age children. The ABC of Walking Wisely, Emotional Maturity, and Age of Turmoil (an afternoon and evening in the complicated lives of six teenagers) are typical titles.

Classic cartoons - Betty Boop, Felix the Cat, Little Audrey, Merry Melodies, Popeye, Superman, Tom and Jerry, and more. They don't make Saturday morning TV like this anymore! If you grew up watching this stuff, you'll love the nostalgia. If you're too young to have ever watched reruns of these shows, it's not too late to enjoy them now.

Classic comedy - The Three Stooges and Amos and Andy may be the most recognizable names many people will find here, but there are dozens of films available with equally hilarious stars.

Classic dramas - You'll find The Fast and the Furious, but not THAT The Fast and the Furious. This is the original 1955 version.

Classic horror / sci-fi - Atomic age mutations, bats and beasts, buckets of blood, and dead men walking. There are some more recent movies available, including some as late at the 1970s. There's a lot of overlap with the offerings on the Drive-in Classics channel, but Drive-in Classics offers some movies not available here. If you're a true horror or sci-fi fan, Drive-In Classics will still be worth the small $3 annual subscription fee. I haven't compared the quality or download speed between these two. If you have done so, please leave a comment below or drop me a note on our contact page.

Classic radio - Pub-D-Hub isn't just about video! Jack Benny, The Shadow, The CBS Radio Mystery Theater, Burns & Allen. The golden age of radio, and more, is here.

Classic television - Is TV Landkeeping you from cutting the cable? That excuse is gone now that Pub-D-Hub brings you Andy Griffith, the Beverly Hillbillies, and many other series that you find even on TV Land.

Classic thrillers - Alfred Hitchcock, Agatha Christie, Dick Tracy.

Classic westerns - Yes, you'll find John Wayne here, along with dozens of other masters of the classic western.

Silent films - Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin. Where else can you find this much movie history on your television?

For a complete listing of content, check out the Pub-D-Hub Movies page. Pub-D-Hub adds new content regularly, so check back often. This is a free channel, but donations are requested and can be made on the channel's website.

The content is generally of the quality you would expect from material that is 60 years old or more. Most content is grainy black-and-white, but some of the newer material is in color - it's far from HD, but certainly watchable. Don't expect restored video, remastered audio, or (thank God) Turner-style colorization. This is public domain material.

A lot of people complain about the Netflix channel because of delays in the latest movies becoming available for streaming, but that doesn't bother me. While others are waiting for a movie that was in the theaters a month ago, I'll be busy catching up on movies from 60 years ago on Pub-D-Hub.

--RokuGuide Reviewed on January 25, 2011

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Developer's Channel Description: The Pub-D-Hub Channel brings the public domain to your living room offering you classic films, trailers, tv shows, cartoons, radio & more from the 1930s, 40s, 50, 60s and 70s.



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$1.89 per year for Gold service

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Pub-D-Hub is worth the annual fee

There are a number of channels that stream public domain TV shows and movies. The best of these is Pub-D-Hub. It has everything that the others do, without advertising (as some do, such as Drive-In Classics), and if you get the "gold" subscription, (which is optional, but worth it, in my opinion) it's only $2.50 a year instead of as much as $4.95 a month (which is what some of the other public domain channels cost, such as Sci-Fi Station).

Pub D Hub

For $2.50 per year the Gold membership isn't exactly pricey, but at the same time the quality of the videos and selection leave a lot to be desired. I'll keep my subscription to have another source of videos on my Roku but don't look to Pub D hub as a replacement for TCM. It's anything but.

rotten service

on july 20 2011 i paid for pub-d-hub GOLD with pay pal, as of dec 2 2011 i still do not have pub-d-hub gold, i have call numerous times and have yet to talk to a real person. hope you enjoyed the $2.00.

Roku Forum

Ronnie, you might try posting your issue on the Pub-D-Hub thread on the Roku forum at I have not used their gold service, so I don't have any feedback on it.

Pub-D-Hub Gold

I had trouble setting up gold on my three Roku 3. Go to their website and find the chat function.
I was greatly pleased with the help I received. Their rep activated all three and stuck with me long enough to be sure all worked. First class service!


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