The 10 Best Free Roku Channels That Every Roku Owner Should Try




, ,

‘Tis the season for getting a new streaming device. If you got yourself a new Roku this holiday season or have a feeling there’s one waiting for you under the tree, we’ve got you covered with a list of some of the best free apps for TV, movies, news, and more.

Happy Streaming!

The Roku Channel

It’s no surprise that The Roku Channel is at the top of our list. The Roku Channel is your home for free TV. Watch an ever-changing selection of hit movies, TV shows, 24/7 live news, and popular kids’ show, all for free. Roku has been adding content to their free service all year, making this an app that every Roku user should check out.


While you’ll need to pay for a Peacock subscription to get access to all of the content on the app, NBCUniversal’s streaming service offers a free tier with hundreds of movies and TV series, along with a daily dose of news, sports and pop culture.


Watch thousands of hit movies and TV series for free with this Fox-owned free streaming service. Tubi has dozens of categories, including a section specifically for content that’s not available on Netflix.


Stream movies, TV series, and original content with Crackle. While no subscription is required to watch with Crackle, you can sign up for a free account to see fewer ads and pick up where you left off.


Most free streaming services have a section of music streaming channels, but if you want an app dedicated to music videos, Vevo has what you’re looking for. There are up to 100 themed channels, from genres and moods to essentials and the newest releases.

Haystack News

Haystack News offers hyper-relevant news, including both local coverage to global current events. Get a variety of coverage from a network of trusted news sources including BC News, CBSN, Newsy, AP, CNET, Euronews, Cheddar, CBC, Bloomberg, and more.


Along with original content from creators, YouTube has a collection of TV shows and movies that you can stream for free. Be sure to check for the official YouTube channels of your favorite TV networks and movie studios to check out their free content.

Pluto TV

Watch 100+ channels and 1000s of movies for free on Pluto. Since being acquired by ViacomCBS, Pluto has added loads of channels and organized content into categories, making it easy to find content by navigating to sections for Home + DIY, Classic TV, Sports, Gaming + Anime, and more.


In addition to a collection of digital movies to rent or buy, Vudu offers thousands of movies for free with ads. Vudu is always rotating in new titles, so be sure to check the app often. Start streaming with no subscription required.


Hoopla partners with public libraries to offer movies and TV shows to stream for free with a library card. It’s like having your public library at your fingertips and on your screen. Check your local library’s website to see if they’re a Hoopla partner.

Disclaimer: To address the growing use of ad blockers we now use affiliate links to sites like, streaming services, and others. Affiliate links help sites like Cord Cutters News, stay open. Affiliate links cost you nothing but help me support my family. We do not allow paid reviews on this site. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

* indicates required

Please select all the ways you would like to hear from :

You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails. For information about our privacy practices, please visit our website.

We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp’s privacy practices here.