Roku has long been the leader in free video channels; however, with so many channels to choose from, finding the best can be difficult.
So here are the top 10 free Roku video channels as of October 15th, 2017, according to the Roku Channel Store. (Note: We only included video channels on this list. Pandora would once again be number 2, but it only offers audio and was the only audio channel that would have been on this list.)
1. YouTube: https://channelstore.roku.com/details/837/youtube
2. CBS News: https://channelstore.roku.com/details/27536/cbs-news
3. Pluto TV: https://channelstore.roku.com/details/74519/pluto-tv
4. PBS Kids: https://channelstore.roku.com/details/23333/pbs-kids
5. ABC: https://channelstore.roku.com/details/73376/abc
6. NBC News: https://channelstore.roku.com/details/9581/nbc-news
7. PBS: https://channelstore.roku.com/details/23353/pbs
8. The CW: https://channelstore.roku.com/details/111255/the-cw
9. AOL On News: https://channelstore.roku.com/details/31863/aol-on-news
10. TubiTV: https://channelstore.roku.com/details/41468/tubi-tv
Honorable mentions include Fox News, NewsON, ABC News, Crackle, and The Roku Channel
Big Movers This Month
A lot changed in October on this list. Pluto TV was the big winner jumping all the ways from #7 to #3. There was also a big push for network apps like ABC, PBS, and The CW who all moved up the list or rejoined the list.
In October several news channels fell out of the top 10 including ABC News, Newsy, and NewsON. Likely being pushed out by the launch of fall TV.
One more thing to keep an eye on is The Roku Channel. Roku’s new jump into free ad-supported movie and TV shows is sitting at #12 right now ahead of Crackle. It will be interesting to see if it jumps into the top 10 in November.
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