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The Roku Channel Free Streaming Service Review: Most Updated Content

If you have a Roku streaming stick, or TV, you can watch Roku Channel’s content for free. It has a LIVE TV Channel Guide for easy browsing of all its channels.

The Roku Channel Free Streaming Service

The Roku Channel Free Streaming Service

Roku recently launched a mobile app for Android and iOS smartphone users for free entertainment on the go. Its LIVE TV guide is also available on Roku’s home screen, allowing users to surf the channel quickly.

  • Brand: Roku
  • Live TV: Yes
  • Founded: 2017


Having added shows including an all-season of the 24 and the First 48 series, Roku makes the most updated free streaming service. You also enjoy a lineup of new movies like the Indecent Proposal, Armageddon, and Dirty Harry.


  • Good movie and TV shows on-demand variety
  • Includes live streaming


  • Availability restricted to Roku streaming devices
User experience
Streaming speed
Value for money

The details

Roku’s Channel app isn’t just available to subscribers with a Roku TV or device but also to anyone who signs up for the free account. You can access the channel from Roku’s website via your mobile device or computer to enjoy a range of on-demand TV shows and movies.


Regardless of how you connect to Roku’s streaming service, the Channel serves up exciting films. You can stream titles like Police Academy, Fatal Attraction, Halloween, and Heaven Can Wait.

What’s more, it recently expanded its free lineup to include channels like iFood.tv, Maverick Black Cinema, WeatherSpy, and past episodes of I Dream of Jeannie, Bewitched, Unsolved Mysteries and Batman.

The free tier also has a decent selection of news channels including those from Newsy, Cheddar, Yahoo! Finance, USA Today and more. Reuters and ABC News provide 24-hour news coverage.

User experience

Navigating Roku’s streaming channels is pretty straightforward. The channels are arranged vertically, and the respective programming laid out horizontally. With the remote, you can easily navigate the guide. A click on the desired channel directs you to its content automatically, while pressing up and down buttons allows you to browse the channel section.

Streaming speed

Roku suggests an internet speed of 1.5 Mbps for SD viewing and 3 Mbps for HD viewing. The streaming service doesn’t support 4K streaming, so these speeds should provide buffer-free viewing. However, if streaming on more than one device, it would help if you had a higher internet speed.


Even on a free subscription, you can watch more than 100 channels. And with Roku’s Live streaming option, you can enjoy the live streaming experience on traditional linear television. Apart from the live streaming option, we found its on-demand show lineup a little restrictive unless you subscribe to its Premium plan.

Final verdict

As far as free streaming services go, Roku Channel is a go-to option if looking for an updated free streaming service. The only downside is that you must purchase a Roku streaming device to access the content. This may be a turn off to those who don’t want to buy one.

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