Pluto TV vs The Roku Channel: Two Great Free Streaming Services Compared




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Are you looking for more content without paying more each month? Luckily, there are plenty of free streaming services offering sports, news, movies, and more. In this post, we’re looking at two of them: Pluto TV and The Roku Channel.

Pluto TV

With a grid guide to easily browse live TV channels, Pluto TV has a layout that works well for many former cable subscribers. On the guide, you’ll find what’s coming up for the next 3.5 hours for all of the live TV channels.

Pluto has been consistently adding to their channel lineup. The free streaming service now has over 200 channels, with more being added nearly every week. Look for content from parent company Viacom and themed channels throughout the year. Pluto has just added four new channels in preparation for the holidays: TV Christmas, TV Mistletoe, Fireplace Channel, and Holiday Lights.

The Pluto TV channel guide is broken down into the following sections:

  • Movies
  • New on Pluto TV
  • News
  • Sports
  • Comedy
  • Geek + Gaming
  • Chill Out
  • Entertainment
  • Life + Style
  • Curiosity
  • Music + Radio

Watch Pluto on Roku TV, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Chromecast; Vizio, Samsung, and Sony smart TVs; Windows and Mac; and iOS and Android mobile devices.

The Roku Channel

The Roku Channel is the most popular free streaming channel available on Roku. The channel features live and on-demand content on Roku devices, along with other streaming devices through your device’s web browser. Just visit The Roku Channel website to stream.

On The Roku Channel, you can also preview premium content in the Unlock Series Premieres section. Watch the first episode of shows like Power, Billions, Homeland, and Outlander for free.

Browse content in dozens of categories including:

  • New This Month
  • News, Sports, & Entertainment
  • Kids’ Favorites
  • Action
  • Dramas
  • Fantasy
  • TV
  • Family Night
  • Documentaries
  • Adventure
  • Horror
  • Thrillers
  • African American Movies and TV
  • Sci-Fi
  • Mysteries
  • Educational
  • Crime Dramas
  • Westerns
  • Cooking
  • History
  • Science
  • Dramatic Comedies
  • Miniseries
  • Romance
  • Romantic Comedies
  • Sitcoms
  • Martial Arts
  • Animals
  • Suspense
  • Crime
  • Anime
  • Paranormal
  • Historial Dramas
  • Reality
  • Home & Garden

Which free streaming service is right for you? Both are offering quality content, add to the channel lineups often, and won’t cost a thing. Why not try them both?

Which of these two free services do you prefer? Let us know in the comments!

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