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Roku Channel Review

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The Roku Channel is a free live TV streaming service that provides 270+ live linear streaming channels and more than 80,000 free movies and TV shows. The library contains entertainment from several different decades, including some major hits.

The service also made a splash by the acquisition of the Quibi library, now presented as Roku Originals. More original content is set to follow.

Users can add premium subscriptions to services like Showtime, STARZ, and AMC+ that can be accessed within the Roku Channel ecosystem.

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Review

We tested Roku Channel and other subscription streaming services for more than 100 hours. Roku Channel is compatible with Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, Roku, Android TV, iPhone/iPad, Android Phone/Tablet, Mac, Windows, LG Smart TV, Samsung Smart TV, Sony Smart TV, and VIZIO Smart TV.


Content

Originals

The Roku Channel has 30 original titles, includes award-winning and scripted series, such as “Die Hart,” “#FreeRayshawn” and “Reno 911!,” documentaries, such as “Blackballed” and “Big Rad Wolf,” and alternative and reality programming, including “Punk’d” and “Chrissy’s Court.” These shows were previously available on the short-lived Quibi platform.

Roku is developing even more originals to come.

TV Shows

The Roku Channel offers several popular shows, including “The Bachelorette,” “24,” and “Alias.”

You’ll also find some hits from the past few decades, including “Quantum Leap,” “Highway to Heaven,” “The A-Team,” “Coach,” “Hart to Hart,” “Who’s the Boss?” “Bewtiched,” “Benson,” and “What’s Happening!!”

Movies

The movie library offers some extremely high-quality films for free. At the time of this writing, they include “The Fugitive,” “In the Line of Fire,” “Signs,” “Memento,” and “Galaxy Quest.” The library will rotate, but there is an encouraging number of Hollywood hits in the mix.

Kids

The Roku Channel's Kids & Family section helpfully allows you to browse by specific characters or by the age of your child.

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Features

No Parental Controls

There are no parental controls for Roku Channel.

Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, Disney+, HBO Max, Hulu, Netflix, Paramount Plus, Peacock, SHOWTIME, and STARZ have parental control features.

Ads

Roku Channel displays ads while watching content.

No International Access

Roku Channel does not let you to watch content when traveling internationally.

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Compatible Devices

Roku Channel is compatible with these devices:

Roku Channel is not compatible with Apple TV, PlayStation, Xbox, or Nintendo devices.

  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Google Chromecast
  • Roku
  • Android TV
  • iPhone/iPad
  • Android Phone/Tablet
  • Mac
  • Windows
  • LG Smart TV
  • Samsung Smart TV
  • Sony Smart TV
  • VIZIO Smart TV

  • Apple TV
  • PlayStation
  • Xbox
  • Nintendo
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DIRECTV STREAM Cash Back

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You will receive it ~2 weeks after you complete your first month of service.

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