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Roku channels should watch

Tom Power
  Feb 23, 2024 8:12 AM

Rokus are entertainment devices that can open up a whole new world of streaming options. You can have all 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 like Attack on Titan, this quick guide lists some of the best Roku channels should watch.

Top picks

1. The Roku Channel

Roku Channel is an entertainment channel including live TV channels, movies, documentaries, and TV shows. It is capable of satisfying the whole family and has a similar layout to Netflix on Roku. You can purchase premium content, but it's not required. Watch movies like The Nanny, classics like Armageddon, or keep kids entertained with Peppa Pig - there's something for everyone.

2. Pluto TV

Pluto TV offers over 100 channels and thousands of free movies. You can also browse live TV; it's like a cable subscription, just it's free. Okay, so you won't get the latest content, but you can search by category and watch anything from TV series, food and sports to kids' TV and classics such as The Unsolved Mystery, CSI, and Hell's Kitchen.

3. Tubi

Tubi is another multi-content channel where you can find a wide range of movies and TV shows for free. You can find anything from the Western TV series True Grit to the thriller Resident Evil on Tubi. There's a ton of genres to choose from - including kids, drama, comedy, horror, and even some niche genres, such as Korean anime and dramas - so there's something for everyone.

4. Crackle

With Crackle, you can watch major Hollywood movies and TV shows. The selection also rotates regularly, 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 also get lost in original Crackle content, such as the crime-comedy TV series, Snatch.

5. Xumo

Xumo offers free live TV and on-demand streaming. There are over 190 channels to browse through, including sports, local news, comedy, thrillers, and more. Laugh out loud with FailArmy or spend family time with Family Feud. You can also stay up to date with sports highlights with FOX Sports, the PGA Tour, and more.

6. Fawesome

This channel is a combination of "free" and "awesome" to let you watch great and free movies, TV shows, and more. The channel's library includes thousands of titles in genres from family to action and horror, and it is constantly updating and adding new content. 

In addition to the usual genres you would expect, Fawesome also covers the anime genre. Plus, the company behind it has created several separate, free streaming channels, such as Fawesome LGBTQ, Fawesome Black Cinema, and Fawesome Bollymix, to name a few.

7. NewsON

NewsON provides in-depth news for any US state. You can enjoy local news programs by default, but you can also watch other states' news easily. The news comes from over 200 news stations across the US, and you can set favorites for easy access to future breaking news.

8. Stirr

Stirr brings more than 120 channels to its viewers, plus live local news, movies, sports, TV shows, music, and more. Where can you find classic series like Knight Rider and comedy shows like Whose Line is it anyway? In addition, there are dedicated channels such as “Law & Crime” and “NASA”, as well as a fitness channel. 

9. Cooking Guide TV

The TV cooking guide is a great resource to enhance your culinary knowledge. It offers recipes, cooking tips, healthy cooking options, and more. Whether you're a foodie, health-conscious, or just bored of your current menu at home, Cooking Guide TV will help add variety to your diet - healthy or not.

10. Popcornflix

Popcornflix offers a wide range of hit movies and TV shows that deserve, take the popcorn out. You'll find classics like the 1934 film Murder on the Orient Express and more recent blockbusters like The Lord of the Rings. There are tons of genres to choose from and an extensive menu of foreign films, stand-up comedies, documentaries, foreign films, and more.

Final Thoughts

Rokus lets you combine all your streaming services into one device, but having multiple paid services on Roku can get expensive. Thankfully, there are free channels available, and you can find them all through the Roku Channel Store menu. That said, it will only show the top free channels. 

Also, not all channels are available in all regions, so you may need to use a VPN. We hope this guide has helped you find the best Roku channels should watch, so you can start watching your favorite movies, TV shows, news, documentaries, and more. 

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