Rokus are entertainment devices that can open up a whole new world of streaming options. You can have all of your favorite paid streaming services in one place, but Roku also has a long list of free channels with top content.
From sci-fi classics like Battlestar Galactica to hair-raising horrors like Resident Evil to popular anime shows such as Attack on Titan, this quick guide will list some of the best Roku free channels and show you how to find them.
So, if you’re looking for Roku channels that are free, you’re in luck. There are dozens of Roku channels you can watch that are totally and completely free. For most, all you need is an email address to sign up.
The Roku free channels list offers something for everyone, too. It starts with the Roku Channel itself, where you can watch free movies online as well as TV shows from the past.
The Roku Channel
The Roku Channel is a complete entertainment channel that includes live TV channels, movies, documentaries, and TV shows. It’s capable of pleasing the whole family and has a similar layout to Netflix on Roku. You can purchase premium content, but it’s not required. Tune in to series such as The Nanny, classic movies like Armageddon or keep the kids happy with Peppa Pig — there’s something for everyone.
Tubi is another multi-content channel where you can find a range of movies and TV shows for free. You can find anything from Western drama True Grit to horror movie Resident Evil on Tubi. There are lots of genres to choose from — including kids, drama, comedy, horror and even some niche categories, such as anime and Korean dramas — so there’s something for everyone.
Peacock is one of the newer players in the streaming landscape, but its library boasts popular past series including The Office, 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, Battlestar Galactica, Friday Night Lights and more. Peacock Free gets you almost everything but platform’s originals (like the Saved By the Bell reboot), but sometimes access is limited to a handful of episodes or a few seasons. Titles that require a Peacock Premium subscription are marked with a purple feather. Still, the free selection of movies and TV shows is strong. Recent options include Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Apollo 13, Notting Hill and Harry Potter movies.
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Think of Pluto TV as a free version of cable television. Add this free Roku channel and then browse Pluto TV’s live channels on a guide-like grid, which shows you what’s streaming right now and coming up. The movie-themed channels are split by genre (Action, Comedy, Romance, Horror, etc.). You can also find TV offerings from MTV, TV Land, Showtime as well as more specific themes like Star Trek, The Price Is Right and Baywatch.
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With Crackle, you can watch TV shows and big Hollywood movies. The selection rotates frequently, too, so you’ll never get bored with what the channel has to offer. You can watch classic movies, such as The Karate Kid, but you can get lost in Crackle’s own original content, too, such as the crime comedy-drama series, Snatch.
Stay on top of the latest news in the U.S. and the world with Newsy. The 24/7 news service streams segments on the top stories of the day. You can also dig into categories like U.S., World, Politics, Business, Tech, Entertainment, Science/Health and Sports. Or check out on-demand reports on the coronavirus, sustainability and other important topics.
Xumo offers free live TV and on-demand streaming. There are more than 190 channels to surf through, including sports, local news, comedy, horror movies and much more. Laugh your socks off with the FailArmy channel or get in some family time with Family Feud. You can also catch up on sports highlights with FOX Sports, PGA Tour and more.
PBS has been the gold standard for kids’ programming for decade. In the streaming age, it’s put many of its shows on the PBS Kids app, which you can add as a free Roku channel. Little ones can watch whatever is playing live, or enjoy Sesame Street, Curious George and Clifford the Big Red Dog on demand.
Fawesome — a combination of “free” and “awesome” — enables you to watch free and awesome movies, TV shows and more. This channel’s library consists of thousands of titles in genres ranging from rom-coms and family to action and horror, and it’s constantly updating and adding new content.
Aside from the usual genres you’d expect, Fawesome also includes an anime genre. Plus, the company behind it has created some separate niched, free streaming channels, such as Fawesome LGBTQ, Fawesome Black Cinema and Fawesome Bollymix, to name but a few.
With the TED channel, you can watch hundreds of talks and presentations from expert speakers on a huge range of topics. Browse by newest releases, trending talks or by categories like Courageous, Jaw-Dropping, Funny and Inspiring. There are also themed playlists to meet your every mood, from “What makes you happy” to “The pursuit of justice.” Or search for a specific speaker or topic that you have in mind.
Popcornflix offers a whole range of hit movies and television shows worthy of, well, getting the popcorn out. You’ll find classics like the 1934 movie Murder on the Orient Express and more recent blockbusters like Lord of the Rings. There are lots of genres to choose from and a decent menu of foreign films, stand-up comedy, documentaries, foreign films and more. There are also separate Popcornflix Kids and Popcornflix Comedy Roku channels.
The Bob Ross Channel
Tap into your inner artist with The Bob Ross Channel. Add it to your list of Roku free channels and you can dive into 380 classic episodes of the Joy of Painting series. Maybe watching Bob Ross paint will make you want to pick up a paintbrush. Or just use the channel as soothing streaming background noise while folding laundry. Bob Ross is great for either.
CBS Sports Stream & Watch Live
If you’re a sports fan, then the CBS Sports Stream & Watch Live channel could be your ticket to staying up to date with the latest sports events. You can watch pre-game and post-game coverage, 24/7 live sports news and highlights, and more from all types of sports, including the NFL, PGA Tour events, National Women’s Soccer League and much more.
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