We recently shared the results of a reader survey, showing that Pluto TV and The Roku Channel are the most popular free streaming services among our readers, with Tubi TV, IMDb TV, and Sony Crackle making the list but not coming close in numbers.
Pluto TV and The Roku Channel both offer free live TV, along with an on-demand library of TV episodes and movies in a wide variety of genres. So, which of the two should you choose? Here’s how they compare.
Something that many cord cutters miss is the channel guide that they got with cable TV. Pluto TV has a similar grid guide that can be more comfortable for many users who are used to that setup. The traditional grid guide works well for many users who miss the guide from cable TV services. However, the set up isn’t for everyone and the grid only shows a few hours in advance.
The Pluto TV channel guide is broken down into the following sections:
- New on Pluto TV
- Geek + Gaming
- Chill Out
- Life + Style
- Music + Radio
Within those sections, you’ll find hundreds of channels with content for the whole family. When Viacom recently bought Pluto TV, the streaming service added new channels including Nick and Nick Toons, adding more options for kids.
Like Pluto TV, The Roku Channel is an ad-supported streaming service with both live and on-demand content. Roku users know that the company has a user-friendly interface and that carries over to The Roku Channel.
The Roku Channel has a variety of categories of TV shows and movies, including:
- Family Night
- War Movies
- …and many more.
Through The Roku Channel, you’ll also have the option to subscribe to premium channels including HBO, Starz, and Showtime. Those subscriptions come with a monthly fee, but once subscribed, you can watch through your Roku Channel app.
The Roku Channel is easy to use for those with a Roku device, but it’s also available on other streaming devices. Just use the web browser available on your device and visit The Roku Channel website to stream.
Which Should You Choose?
Both of these streaming services are free. There’s no risk to trying them both out and choosing your favorite. Because they come with no monthly fee, why not choose both?
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