It’s possible to never run out of great content to watch without ever spending a dime on subscriptions, thanks to Roku free channels. The streaming platform is overflowing with thousands of channels that offer incredible free movies, TV shows, and original programming. Of course, the downside of such an ecosystem is the supercilious amount of fluff, channels that look cool but offer nothing of real value. We’ve done the hard part, finding the best free channels on Roku, whether you’re looking for news, entertainment, or something for the kids to watch. Here are the best Roku free channels right now.
1) Tubi TV
Tubi TV has taken Crackle’s crown as the best free service on Roku, with a massive library of over 7,400 TV shows and movies available for free streaming. This ad-supported network doesn’t have original content, instead focusing on its vast library of movies and series. Anime fans, in particular, should take note of Tubi’s incredible collection, but there’s truly a little something for everyone. While many services feature mostly direct-to-video films and old shows, Tubi puts award-winning films and series in your reach. If there were an ad-free option, we’d subscribe.
Crunchyroll is one of the leading anime streaming services in America, thanks in part to its free options. While paying customers can watch ad-free HD streams, free users can stream the entire catalog in standard definition with limited ads. Catch up on One Piece, Naruto, Overlord, Hunter x Hunter, and hundreds of other shows without spending a dime. Though with subscriptions costing just $6.99 per month, we recommend subscribing if you’re a fan. Or join the previously mentioned VRV to bundle the service. (Here are our picks for the best anime on Crunchyroll.)
4) Sky News
One of the best Roku channels, Sky News is a 24/7 news network offering coverage from the U.K. and the rest of the world. Its award-winning programming provides a way for free Roku users to keep up with the news without access to a cable streaming program. The channel’s commitment to nonpartisan coverage may frustrate more ideological viewers, but for everyone else, it’s a beautiful solution.
5) PBS Kids
The downside of living on a budget as a parent is knowing you might be missing out on valuable content for your kid. That’s why PBS Kids’ approach to streaming is so remarkable, giving a free 24/7 feed on its app without a subscription or login required. The free Roku channel offers safe and educational programming updated every Friday,. Along with its live programming, PBS Kids offers on-demand streaming, plus guides to let parents know a show’s intended age group and learning goals.
To fully unlock Cartoon Network’s library you’re going to need a cable subscription, but there’s plenty of content to watch for free as well. Download the free Roku channel and look for the “Unlocked” section of the site. Here you’ll find all of the episodes available for streaming, including a host of Regular Show, Teen Titans, Adventure Time, and all your other favorite Cartoon Network shows. It may not be the complete package, but when you’re streaming on a budget, it’s enough.
Sony’s Crackle is an ad-supported service that features plenty of big Hollywood blockbusters and excellent TV series. Along with classics like Talladega Nights and The Karate Kid, Crackle has started to dip its toes into original programming. Its series The Oath, Start Up, Snatch, and Hook’d are surprisingly entertaining slices of TV, arguably worth a spot on AM in another universe. The ads can sometimes be a little much, but for free programming, it’s a steal.
Nosey is the home for daytime trash TV on Roku. Collecting classic episodes of series like Jerry Springer, Cheaters, Paternity Court, and Maury, Nosey offers a buffet of chaos to help you feel better about your own life. Sure, it’s garbage, but it’s incredibly interesting garbage and a lovely throwback to daytime channel surfing of yore.
10) The Roku Channel
You might be surprised to learn that Roku has gotten into the streaming game itself, offering a mix of news and movies for free to all users. Drawing its news from ABC and featuring movies like The Matrix trilogy and The Karate Kid, the Roku Channel is similar to other free channels on Roku. However, it runs better than almost any other streaming service on the device, in part because it’s made by the same people. When every other service fails you, The Roku Channel is there with the goods.