roTV is a Robloxian premium television service, similar to a cable or satellite television service in real life. The service is free of charge, and is run by the Roblox Television Networks Group. At launch, the service featured approximately twenty channels, and currently carries sixty-one channels, making it, as of May 2017, just barely the second largest provider in Robloxia by channel count (beaten out by Amicable). roTV is more similar to an IPTV service than a cable or satellite service, in terms of platform and distribution. The original design of the platform had been influenced heavily by the design of the Freesat and Sky platforms in the United Kingdom, mainly the latter in terms of design; however, the design used at the service's launch used dark tones and minimal light effects to create a "slicker, more premium feel".
The idea of a Robloxian cable service began in late November 2012. Mocks were posted on December 8, 2012, and the service has been in development ever since. The rTV Networks, Roblox Networks Televison, Gavent Networks, and various other television companies and independent television channels have agreed to be broadcast on the system.
The service launched quietly on February 20, 2015, with a starting set of twenty channels. Several more channels are pending to be added as they launch.
Version 1.01 of roTV was released on August 28, 2015, and includes simple updates and bug fixes to the original website. The first actual "update" to the service since the February launch came in version 1.1 on September 20, 2015, seven months to the day since the launch of the service. Due to issues updating to the new version, the roTV service was disabled for that week. Another update to the service, patching the previous update, moving to a new web host and adding some new features, was released on September 27, 2015 as version 1.11. The service went down for a period starting on October 11, 2016, due to issues arising from an attempt to implement a new format for the site's URLs. The service returned with an update, v1.12, on October 17, 2016. The v1.12 update also required another move to a different web host.
On April 14, 2017, the RTNG released an update to roTV that brought the total channel count to 53 television channels, making it by far the largest premium channel service on ROBLOX by a landslide until Amicable reached 54 channels on May 11, 2017. The lead was speculated to change again when roTV launched its v1.4 update on May 13, 2017, which brought the number of channels roTV carried to 61. However, Amicable had reached the 64 channel mark the previous day, causing roTV to remain second place.
On May 14, 2017, roTV announced the next update to the roTV service would be roTV v2.0, which will bring the first major redesign to the service since its launch.
- Main article: List of channels on RoTV
Originally, twenty channels had been confirmed. These were the rTV Networks, the Roblox Networks Television channels, the channels owned by buddbudd222, the Gavent Television Group services (later Gavent Networks, now rTV Networks Gavent), the ROX Pictures channels, and some smaller independent channels. The number has been as low as fourteen in the past, but currently stands at sixty-one, the largest number ever for the service.
- Main article: roChannels
Originally scheduled to arrive after launch would have been nine exclusive channels featuring varying, mainly IRL, content. Channels 111-119 and 124 had been reserved for these channels; however on December 3, 2013, BenzBot had announced in his latest rTV Networks Update Roblox forum post that the roChannels had been shelved indefinitely, with the exception of the roPlay service and its channel (channel 119 as part of the original plan), which was moved to channel 110 (just before ro1's former position), where it currently sits on the service to this day.