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The Roku Channel Adds 17 New Linear Channels to Their Free Streaming Service

Jason Gurwin

Over the course of the year, The Roku Channel, the free streaming service available on Roku and mobile devices, has been adding new linear channels to their lineup. Today, the company announced that they had added 17 new channels to the service covering sports, comedy, reality, news, and more.

Some of those include CollegeHumor, Funny or Die, and Nosey, which bring classic reality shows including Maury Povich, Jerry Springer, Blind Date.

In February, Roku’s CEO Anthony Wood said that he thought the growth of AVOD is important to Roku’s future:

“We are the original, original in terms of bullishness on AVOD both in terms of its value to consumers and its importance in the OTT business model. We see AVOD growing pretty nicely on our Platform and clearly a growing recognition in the industry as the importance of AVOD.”

As The Roku Channel adds more linear content, they’ve more directly competed with ad-supported apps like Viacom’s Pluto TV, Sinclair’s STIRR, Amazon’s IMDB Freedive, and independents Tubi and XUMO.

The Roku Channel New Additions

AFV Family

The AFV Family Channel is family-friendly comedy for all! America’s Funniest Home Videos brings you the best home videos and family-friendly comedy programming you can watch together with everyone in your family.


A free, 24/7 English language LIVE sports, news, analysis and highlights network that brings everyone closer to the game. XTRA will provide LIVE and exclusive access to XTRA soccer matches, XTRA combat sports, XTRA adventure sports, XTRA original studio productions, and a robust library of classic sporting events… all at no XTRA cost!


Enjoy CollegeHumors’s award-winning sketches, animations, music videos and original series, delivered right to your (digital) doorstep–like the paper!

The Design Network

The Design Network is the fastest growing streaming TV network all about HOME. TDN is your ultimate resource for home improvement ideas and interior inspiration. Entertaining series give you access to the latest home fashions and design trends and the stories that bring it all home. Design pros like Genevieve Gorder and Thom Filicia, along with personalities you love like Leah Ashley and Carson Kressley expose interior tips, tricks, and the drama behind the designs. It’s home, revealed.


DUST is the leading destination for thought-provoking science fiction, exploring the future of humanity. From timeless to cutting-edge movies, series and short films we bring the best of established and emerging filmmaking voices to your living room.

FilmRise Forensic Files

Crack open a case any time of day with the Forensic Files team! These experts leave no clue unexamined in their pursuit of the truth.

FilmRise Sci-Fi

Tune in for the best Sci-Fi in the galaxy! Featuring genre-spanning movies as well as beloved series like Lost in Space and the hit anime Robotech.

Funny or Die

Funny Or Die is a premiere entertainment brand that features your favorite comedians and celebrities in comedy videos.

Just For Laughs Gags

Enjoy all of the comedic relief provided by the world’s longest running and most adored prank show, where unsuspecting people get roped into hilarious situations, concocted by the JUST FOR LAUGHS GAGS’ experts.


Maury Povich, Jerry Springer, Blind Date and many more shows you just can’t stop watching. The Springer “circus”, Maury’s classic “you are the father!” and hundreds of other memorable moments available all day, every day….for free.

Real Nosey

Steve Wilkos and classic Court shows bring real people, real drama and real consequences right to your living room. It’s not enough to be just Nosey; be Real Nosey all day, every day….for free.

Reel Truth Crime

The home of compelling crime content, where infamous crimes are laid bare in fascinating complex cases from across the globe. Featuring hit shows including Crime Investigation Australia and Ross Kemp on Gangs.


Join us as we bring new life into these old homes and wild gardens. Featuring engaging shows such as Restoration Home or Unreal Estate.

This Old House

This Old House on The Roku Channel features This Old House and Ask This Old House. With 19 Emmys, This Old House is America’s first, and most trusted, name in home improvement television. Each week, Emmy-winning Ask This Old House answers the steady stream of homeowner questions – and we travel the country to make house calls! Whether you do it yourself or hire contractors, you’ll learn how to build your dream. And do it right.

Toon Goggles

Toon Goggles has all your favorite kids shows for free including fan favorites such as Angry Birds, Talking Tom, Om Nom, Gummy Bears, and many more! Come watch and discover!

Toon Goggles Jr.

Hundreds of fun and educational shows from categories including Sing-Along Songs, Arts and Crafts, and Amazing Animals, all for your little ones to safely enjoy.

Wipeout Xtra

The home of physical and exciting gameshows, where you can witness unexpected challenges. Featuring action-packed family entertainment such as Total Wipeout UK, hosted by Richard Hammond.

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