The Roku Channel vs. XUMO: Two Great Free Streaming Services Compared




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Couple relaxing in living room holding remote control and smilingIf you’re looking for sports, news, movies, and entertainment content to add to your cord cutting setup, take a look at free streaming services. There are plenty of options to choose from without requiring credit cards and monthly charges.

In this post, we’re comparing two of these services, The Roku Channel and XUMO.

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.

In addition to free shows and movies, you can also use The Roku Channel to subscribe to premium channels. And, right now, you can check out episodes of some of the top shows from those channels for free.

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


XUMO is a subscription-free service, offering over 160 channels of on-demand and live content at no cost. (Channel Plus is also powered by XUMO and is available for Canadian cord cutters!)

XUMO is available on Hisense, Sharp, Magnavox, Panasonic, Philips, Sanyo, or VIZIO smart TV, your Channel Plus enabled LG smart TV, your iPhone or iPad, your Android device, or on your Roku. You can also cast XUMO from your mobile devices to your TVs via AirPlay (AppleTV), Chromecast, Miracast or Screencast.

On XUMO’s grid guide, you can scroll through over 160 channels in the follow categories:

  • News
  • TV & Movies
  • Sports
  • Kids & Family
  • Food, Drink, & Travel
  • Comedy
  • Entertainment
  • Lifestyle
  • Pop Culture
  • Music
  • Science & Tech
  • Fashion

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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