How to Stream Live TV on Roku

"How to Watch Live TV on Roku"

The Roku is a media streaming device that can be used to watch Live TV Streaming Services.

They offer seven different versions: Roku Express, Roku Express+, Roku Streaming Stick, Roku Streaming Stick+, Roku Premiere, Roku Premiere+, and Roku Ultra.

For most people, we suggest the Roku Streaming Stick+ which can stream up to 4K Ultra HD at 60 fps, HDR, and Dolby Audio and be purchase from Amazon for $59.00.

We find that the Roku Streaming Stick and Roku Express are too underpowered for most Live TV Streaming Services. Unless you need Dolby Optical, we don’t think it’s necessary to upgrade to the Roku Ultra.

Roku Express/Roku Express+ (Model 3900/3910)

The device can stream up to 1080p up at 60 fps and Dolby Audio. It supports 802.11n.

The Express+ is best suited for those with older TV’s that don’t support HDMI.

Roku Streaming Stick (Model 3800)

The device can stream up to 1080p up at 60 fps and Dolby Audio. It supports the 802.11n dual-band MIMO Wi-Fi.

Roku Streaming Stick+ (Model 3810)

The device can stream up to 4K Ultra HD at 60 fps, HDR, and Dolby Audio. It supports the latest 802.11ac dual-band MIMO Wi-Fi.

It has a built-in HDMI port, but no MicroSD or Ethernet support. It is one of the only Roku devices that includes Voice Search.

Roku Premiere (Model 4620)

The device can stream up to 4K Ultra HD at 60 fps in Dolby Audio, but does not support HDR. It supports the latest 802.11ac dual-band MIMO Wi-Fi.

Roku Premiere+ (Model 4630)

The device can stream up to 4K Ultra HD at 60 fps, HDR, and Dolby Audio. It supports the latest 802.11ac dual-band MIMO Wi-Fi and Ethernet.

You can expand the storage with the included MicroSD slot.

Roku Ultra (Model 4660)

The device can stream up to 4K Ultra HD at 60 fps, HDR, and Dolby Audio (via HDMI or Optical). It supports the latest 802.11ac dual-band MIMO Wi-Fi and Ethernet.

You can expand the storage with the included USB and MicroSD slot. It is one of the only Roku devices that includes Voice Search.

Compatible Services

You can use Roku to access DIRECTV NOW, fuboTV, Hulu Live TV, Philo, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, and YouTube TV.

Other Devices

You can also check compatibility for other devices.

Local Channels

Depending on your location, here are what local channels you can watch on Roku with DIRECTV NOW, fuboTV, Hulu Live TV, Philo, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, and YouTube TV.

DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling TV YouTube
Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial
$40–$75 $45–$50 $40 $16–$20 $45–$80 $25 $25 $40
ABC - - - -
CBS - - -
Fox - -
NBC - -

Top Cable Channels

DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling TV YouTube
Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial
$40–$75 $45–$50 $40 $16–$20 $45–$80 $25 $25 $40
A&E - -
AMC -
Animal Planet - - - - -
BET - - - ^ $5 -
Bravo - -
Cartoon Network -
CNN -
Comedy Central - - - -
Discovery - - - - -
Disney Channel - - -
E! - - ^ $5
ESPN - - -
Food Network -
Fox News - - -
Fox Sports 1 - -
Freeform - - -
FX - -
FXX - -
Hallmark - ≥ $50 ^ $5 ^ $5 -
HGTV -
History - -
Investigation Discovery - - - - -
Lifetime - -
MSNBC - - ^ $5
MTV - - - ^ $5 ^ $5 -
Nickelodeon - - - - - -
OWN ≥ $55 - - - - -
Paramount Network - - - ^ $5 ^ $5 -
Syfy - -
TBS -
TLC - - - - -
TNT -
truTV - ^ $5
USA Network - -
VH1 - - - ^ $5 ^ $5 -

Sports Channels

Sports fans tend to have different needs; some want national sports channels like ESPN and TNT, but others want regional sports networks like YES Network and Comcast Sportsnet.

National Sports Channels

DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling TV YouTube
Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial
$40–$75 $45–$50 $40 $16–$20 $45–$80 $25 $25 $40
ESPN - - -
ESPN2 - - -
Fox Sports 1 - -
Fox Sports 2 ≥ $65 - -
NBC Sports Network - -
TBS -
TNT -

Pro Sports

Most services don’t offer pro sports networks in their base plan.

DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling TV YouTube
Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial
$40–$75 $45–$50 $40 $16–$20 $45–$80 $25 $25 $40
MLB Network ≥ $55 - - - ≥ $50 - -
NBA TV ≥ $65 - - ≥ $50 ^ $5 ^ $10
NFL Network ≥ $55 - - ≥ $50 - -
NFL RedZone - ^ $9 - - ^ $10 - ^ $10 -
NHL Network ≥ $65 - - - - ^ $5 ^ $10 -

Other Sports Channels

DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling TV YouTube
Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial
$40–$75 $45–$50 $40 $16–$20 $45–$80 $25 $25 $40
beIN Sports - - - - ^ $5 ^ $10 -
Eleven Sports - - - ≥ $60 - - -
ESPNEWS ≥ $55 - - ≥ $50 ^ $5 -
Fox Soccer Plus - ^ $6 - - ^ $15 - - ^ $15
Golf Channel ≥ $65 - ≥ $50 - ^ $10
Olympic Channel ≥ $65 - - -
Tennis Channel ≥ $55 - - - ≥ $60 - -

Premium Channels

Most of the streaming services offer premium channels like Cinemax, HBO, Showtime, and Starz as add-ons to your subscription.

DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling TV YouTube
Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial
$40–$75 $45–$50 $40 $16–$20 $45–$80 $25 $25 $40
Cinemax ^ $5 - ^ $9 - ^ $15 ^ $10 ^ $10 -
EPIX - - - - - ^ $5 ^ $5 -
HBO ^ $5 - ^ $5 - ^ $15 ($80) ^ $15 ^ $15 -
Showtime ^ $8 ^ $11 ^ $10 - ^ $11 ($80) ^ $10 ^ $10 ^ $11
Starz ^ $8 - - - - ^ $9 ^ $9 -

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