Roku Adds Premium Channels & Free OTA Content to Live TV Channel Guide
Last month, Roku added a “Live TV Channel Guide” to The Roku Channel which included 100+ live and linear channels in a grid guide. Now, Roku is now adding the ability to view premium linear channels like HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, STARZ, and EPIX directly in the guide.
Once you select a linear channel, you can quickly channel surf between them, as well as bring up an on-screen overly to see what is currently airing.
For Roku TV users, you can now also view OTT programming alongside over-the-air content alongside. Currently, there is no way to disable OTT channels on Roku TV if you just want to see your OTA channels.
Roku says that The Roku Channel saw greater than 100% growth (year-over-year) in streaming hours across their more than 100,000 titles, reaching an estimated 36 million people.
In comparison, just last month, Pluto TV, which was acquired by ViacomCBS last year shared that they had 24 million active users in the first quarter and hopes to reach 30 million by the end of the year.
Tubi, the free streaming service recently acquired by Fox, announced that their over 25 million monthly active users have been watching over 200 million hours of content. Xumo, which was acquired by Comcast and is helping to power Peacock’s linear streams, last said they had 5.5 million users last year.
The Roku Channel Linear Channels
Premium Subscription Channels
Cinemax, Showtime, Starz, HBO, and EPIX
ABC News Live, America’s Voice, Black News Channel, Cheddar, NewsmaxTV Live, Newsy Top Stories, Now This, OAN Encore, Reuters, TYT-Go, USA Today, WeatherNation, and Yahoo Finance
Adventure Sports Network, ACC Digital Network, beIN SPORTS Xtra, EDGEsport, ESTV, fubo Sports Network, MAVTV Select, Outside TV, PowerNation, Stadium, and SportsGrid
Movies and TV
BET Pluto TV, The Bob Ross Channel, Brat TV, CMT Pluto TV, FilmRise Action, FilmRise Classic TV, FilmRise Family, FilmRise Free Movies, Gravitas Movies, MTV Pluto TV, REDBOX FREE MOVIES, Reelz, XUMO FREE Movies, and XUMO FREE Westerns
MTV Biggest Pop, MTV Block Party, and Yo! MTV
BUZZR, Deal or No Deal, Game Show Central, GOT Talent Global, and Family Feud
Kids & Family
Ameba, Battery Pop, Kidoodle.TV, Kid Gamer TV, Kartoon, KIDZ BOP TV, Moonbug, pocket.watch, Teletubbies, Toon Googles, TG Junior, Rainbow Ruby, Rev and Roll, Ryan and Friends, and Zoomoo
AFV Family, College Humor, Comedy Central Pluto TV, Comedy Dynamics, Funny or Die, and Just for Laughs Gags
A+E Lively Place, Bon Appétit, Architectural Digest, The Design Network, DIY Daily, Food52, Revry, Tastemade, and This Old House
Crime 360, Forensic Files, Reel Truth. Crime and Unsolved Mysteries
Fail Army, Hell’s Kitchen | Kitchen Nightmares, People Are Awesome, Pet Collective, and Wipeout
Sci-Fi: DUST, FilmRise Sci-Fi, and MGM’s Free Sci-Fi Movies & Series
Complex, PeopleTV, TMZ, and Vanity Fair
Nosey and Real Nosey
AFV Español, AmericaTeve, Latido Music, Love Nature Spanish, MOOVIMEX by Pongalo, and Pongalo Novela Club