The Roku Channel vs STIRR: Two Great Free Streaming Services Compared




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Watching tv and using remote controlThe Roku Channel

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.

Here are all the live channels currently available on The Roku Channel:

  • ABC News
  • WeatherNation
  • Newsy Top Stories
  • NewsMax TV live
  • TYT-Go
  • Cheddar News
  • USA Today
  • Now This
  • Stadium
  • Outside TV+
  • Combat GO
  • EDGEsport
  • ESTV
  • Adventure Sports Network
  • Fubo Sports Network
  • TMZ
  • People TV
  • Complex
  • Comedy Dynamics
  • Tastemade
  • Fail Army
  • America’s Funniest Home Videos
  • The Pet Collective
  • People Are Awesome
  • Food 42
  • FilmRise: Hell’s Kitchen| Kitchen Nightmares
  • FilmRise: Free Movies
  • FilmRise: Classic TV
  • FilmRise: Family
  • The Asylum
  • The Works
  • Unsolved Mysteries

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.


STIRR launched in January this year, offering on-demand and live linear networks for free with ads. When you visit the website, you’ll start by choosing the location for your local news. If you don’t see a city close to you, STIRR recommends choosing Washington D.C for news from the capital.

STIRR has a little bit of everything, including live local news, TV series, live sports, movies, the latest viral videos, and more. Check the channel guide for live TV, or browse on-demand content by genre.

Here are the channels currently available on STIRR:

  • Law & Crime Trial Network
  • Cheddar News
  • Buzzr
  • Dove Channel
  • American Classics
  • Charge!
  • Comet
  • Dust
  • Unsolved Mysteries
  • Forensic Files
  • Hell’s Kitchen
  • Kitchen Nightmares
  • CON TV
  • Comedy Dynamics
  • STIRR Movies
  • Gravitas Movies
  • Movie Mix
  • Docurama
  • STIRR Sports
  • Stadium
  • Combat Go
  • Outside TV+
  • World Poker Tour
  • The T
  • Outdoor America
  • ESR 24×7
  • MobCrush
  • STIRR Lifestyle
  • Big Life TV
  • Gusto TV
  • Pet Collective
  • Fail Army
  • TBD
  • Alltime
  • Futurism
  • NASA
  • Hallypop

STIRR has been growing quickly since launching at the beginning of the year. In July, the free, ad-supported streaming service turned six months old and hit a major milestone of 1 million downloads. Recently STIRR teamed up with LiveXLive to stream 12 upcoming live music events. We’ll also soon see a new branded linear 24/7 channel, expected to begin streaming on STIRR in the first half of 2020.

Watch STIRR on Apple TV, iPad, Android, iPhone, Roku, or online at the STIRR website.

Which Should You Choose?

Both of these free streaming services have a good collection of on-demand content, along with live channels offering news, sports, and entertainment. With no subscriptions and no cost, there’s no reason not to give both of these a try.

Do you use either of these free streaming services? Let us know which you prefer in the comments!

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