What Is the Roku Channel?

Everything about the streaming service’s movie channel

Roku streaming sticks, boxes, and smart TVs provide over 5,000 third-party streaming channels. However, Roku provides and maintains its own streaming channel called The Roku Channel.

What the Roku Channel offers

The Roku Channel combines a selection of free, live and premium subscription content into a single channel with an easy-to-use Netflix-like on-screen menu. This makes it easier to browse, search, and view specific content without switching between multiple apps to find something to watch.

An added benefit is that you don’t always need a Roku device to access it. In addition to Roku devices and the Roku mobile app, the Roku Channel can be viewed on compatible web browsers and select Samsung TVs.

Free content offers are ad-supported. Additionally, The Roku Channel does not provide 4K content.

Here’s what’s included:

Free movies

Chiefhappy feet two
King Arthur Legend of the SwordMrs. Doubtfire
The Sandlot rango
ghost riderPerfect 3
Spiderman 3

Free TV Shows

3rd Rock of the Sun Nice to meet you
Forensic filesHell’s Kitchen
Rules of EngagementThe nanny
Drop Dead Divawho is the boss
Midsomer Murders

Free movies and TV shows aren’t the latest, and titles are periodically renewed.

Free live news and commentary

ABC NewsCheddar News
NewsMax TVLots of news
TMZTYT (The Young Turks) Go
ComplexYahoo! News
popular television

Free entertainment channels

MovieRise Classic TVMovieRise Crime
FilmRise Free MoviesThe Asylum cinema chain

Free reality shows

AFV (America’s Funniest Videos)MovieRise Cooking
Made with tasteThe pet collection

Free Sports Channels

Adventure Sports Networkgo to battle
EDGEsportStadium

Premium content (requires payment)

acorn teleCinemax
Curiosity streamEpix
History VaultLifetime Film Club
nogginShow time
The chain of the doveThe Great Courses (Signature Collection)
ConTVStarz
HBOThe Urban Cinema Channel
Monsters and Nightmares

If you sign up for multiple premium services, you can pay for them all through one monthly bill with a Roku account.

The Roku Channel – Premium Subscriptions

Roku

Free and ad-supported Roku Channel content is available on streaming sticks, Roku boxes and TVs in the US and Canada, web browsers, the Roku mobile app, and compatible Samsung TVs in the USA. Roku Premium Channel content is only available in the US and not available on Samsung Smart TVs.

Watch Roku Channel on Roku Device

The Roku device is the easiest way to watch The Roku Channel, and it’s easy to add the channel on most Roku devices.

The Roku channel is available on Roku streaming devices with model numbers 2450 and above. If it’s not listed in the featured category or via search, it’s not supported on that Roku device. To check the model number of a Roku device, go to Settings > System > On.

press the Residence button on your Roku remote.

Roku TV Remote - Home Button


To select Streaming Channels in the on-screen menu to access the Roku channel store.

Roku Home Menu - Streaming Channels

In the channel store, select Featured Channels and see if the Roku channel is listed.

Roku Home Menu - Featured Apps

You can find The Roku Channel app in the featured channels category or by typing “The Roku Channel” in the search channels.

Emphasize The Roku Channel so that the description of the application appears on the right side of the screen, then select the right arrow to access a more detailed description and add a channel page.

Roku Device Streaming Channels - Roku Channel Found

To select Add channel.

Roku device - Add Roku channel to display selection

You can also add The Roku Channel to one or more Roku devices using a PC or laptop. Sign in to your Roku account, select Chain storefind The Roku Channel via featured category or search, then select Add a channel.

Add Roku channel to Roku device streaming selection via PC

If multiple Roku devices are linked to the same Roku Account, the Roku Channel can be viewed on all compatible Roku devices sharing the same account once it is added.

Watch the Roku Channel on the Roku Mobile App

You can use the Roku mobile app to add the Roku channel to a Roku device or watch it on your smartphone.

Open the Roku mobile app on your smartphone.

Faucet Chain store and in the featured category (or via search) find the Roku channel.

Faucet Add.

Roku Mobile App - Added Roku Channel

Watch Roku Channel on Web Browser

Using a compatible operating system and web browser on a smartphone, tablet, or PC, visit TheRokuChannel.com. This lets you watch the Roku Channel without having to install an app.

Access Roku Channel Using Web Browser - Chrome Example

Compatible operating systems:

  • iOS 11.2.1+
  • Android 7.0+
  • Mac OS X
  • the Windows

Compatible web browsers:

  • For iOS: Safari
  • For Android: Chromium
  • Cor Mac OS X: Chrome, Safari, Firefox
  • For windows: Chrome, Firefox, Edge (except live content)

To watch free content on The Roku Channel using a web browser, ad blockers must be disabled.

Before you can watch a movie or TV show using a browser, you need to sign in or create a free Roku account. If you have other compatible devices on the same account, you can start watching The Roku Channel content on the web browser and continue watching it on those devices by opening The Roku Channel app.

Watch the Roku Channel on a compatible Samsung Smart TV

The Roku Channel is only available on Samsung Smart TVs using the Tizen OS (2015 to present). Additionally, while this version of The Roku Channel App provides access to free ad-supported content, premium subscription services are not included.

If you have a Samsung account, select apps in the Smart Hub.

Add Apps to Samsung Smart TV - Step 1

In the Apps menu screen, check if the Roku Channel app is available under the Video category.

Samsung Smart TV Apps – Video – The Roku Channel

The Roku channel can also be found by first opening the search using the app search icon (magnifying glass) in the upper right corner of the screen.

Samsung Smart TV app search icon

Then enter “The Roku Channel” using the on-screen keyboard.

Samsung Smart TV App Search - Roku Channel Found

To select The Roku Channel applicationthen select Install or To download.

Samsung Smart TV Apps - Install Roku Channel App

Once the Roku Channel app is installed, you can open it immediately or access it later from the My Apps screen or the smart hub menu on the home page.

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More information about What Is the Roku Channel?

All about the streaming service’s movie channel

Roku streaming sticks, boxes, and smart TVs provide over 5,000 third-party streaming channels. However, Roku provides and maintains its own streaming channel called The Roku Channel.

What the Roku Channel Offers

The Roku Channel combines select free, live, and premium subscription content within a single channel with an easy-to-use, Netflix-like onscreen menu. This makes it easier to browse, search, and watch specific content without switching between several apps to find something to watch.

An added bonus is you don’t always need a Roku device to access it. In addition to Roku devices and the Roku Mobile App, the Roku Channel can be viewed on compatible web browsers and select Samsung TVs. 

Free content offerings are Ad-supported. Additionally, The Roku Channel does not provide content in 4K.

Here is what’s included:

Free Movies
Chef
Happy Feet Two
King Arthur Legend of the Sword
Mrs Doubtfire
The Sandlot 
Rango
Ghost Rider
Pitch Perfect 3
Spiderman 3
 
Free TV series
3rd Rock from the Sun 
Bewitched
Forensic Files
Hell’s Kitchen
Rules of Engagement
The Nanny
Drop Dead Diva
Who’s The Boss
Midsomer Murders
 
Free movies and TV shows are not the most current and titles are cycled in and out periodically.
Free Live News and Commentary
ABC News
Cheddar News
NewsMax TV
Newsy
TMZ
TYT (The Young Turks) Go
Complex
Yahoo! News
People TV
 
Free Entertainment Channels
FilmRise Classic TV
FilmRise Crime
FilmRise Free Movies
The Asylum Movie Channel
Free Reality Shows
AFV (America’s Funniest Videos)
FilmRise Cooking
Tastemade
The Pet Collection
Free Sports Channels 
Adventure Sports Network
Combat GO
EDGEsport
Stadium
Premium Content (Requires Payment)
Acorn TV
Cinemax
Curiosity Stream
Epix
History Vault
Lifetime Movie Club
Noggin
Showtime
The Dove Channel
The Great Courses (Signature Collection)
ConTV
Starz
HBO
The Urban Movie Channel
Monsters and Nightmares
 
If you sign up for multiple premium services, you can pay for all of them via a single monthly bill with a Roku Account.

RokuThe Roku Channel’s free, ad-supported content is available on Roku streaming sticks, boxes, and Roku TVs in the U.S. and Canada, web browsers, the Roku mobile app, and compatible Samsung TVs in the U.S. Premium Roku Channel content is only available in the U.S., and not available on Samsung Smart TVs.
Watch the Roku Channel on a Roku Device

The Roku device is the easiest way to watch The Roku Channel, and it’s easy to add the channel on most Roku devices.

The Roku Channel is available on Roku streaming devices with model numbers 2450 and higher. If it isn’t listed in the Featured Category or via search, it isn’t supported on that Roku device. To verify a Roku device model number, go to Settings > System > About.

Press the Home button on your Roku remote.


Select Streaming Channels in the onscreen menu to get to the Roku Channel Store.

In the channel store, select Featured Channels and see if The Roku Channel is listed.

You can find The Roku Channel App in the Featured Channels category or by entering “The Roku Channel” in search channels.

Highlight The Roku Channel so the app description appears on the right side of the screen, then select the right arrow to go to a more detailed description and add channel page.

Select Add channel.

You can also add The Roku Channel to a Roku Device(s) using a PC or Laptop. Log into your Roku account, select Channel Store, find The Roku Channel via the Featured Category or Search, then select Add channel.

If more than one Roku device is linked to the same Roku account, The Roku Channel can be viewed on all compatible Roku devices sharing the same account once it’s added.
Watch the Roku Channel on the Roku Mobile App

You can use the Roku Mobile App to add The Roku Channel to a Roku device or watch it on your smartphone.

Open the Roku Mobile App on your smartphone.

Tap Channel Store and in the Featured Category (or via search) find the Roku Channel.

Tap Add. 

Watch the Roku Channel on a Web Browser

Using a compatible OS and web browser on a smartphone, tablet, or PC, visit TheRokuChannel.com. This allows you to watch the Roku Channel without having to install an app.

Compatible Operating Systems:

iOS 11.2.1+
Android 7.0+
Mac OS X
Windows

Compatible Web Browsers:

For iOS: Safari
For Android: Chrome
Cor Mac OS X: Chrome, Safari, Firefox
For Windows: Chrome, Firefox, Edge (except live content)
To watch free content on The Roku Channel using a web browser, Ad-Blockers must be off.

Before you can watch a movie or TV show using a browser, you need to sign in or create a free Roku account. If you have other compatible devices on the same account you can start watching The Roku Channel content on the web browser and continue watching it on those devices by opening The Roku Channel App. 

Watch The Roku Channel on a Compatible Samsung Smart TV
The Roku Channel is only available on Samsung Smart TVs using the Tizen Operating System (2015 to present). Additionally, while this version of The Roku Channel App provides access to free ad-supported content, premium subscription services are not included.

If you have a Samsung account, select Apps in the Smart Hub.

In the Apps menu screen, check to see if The Roku Channel App is available in the Video category.

The Roku Channel can also be found by first opening Search using the app search icon (magnifying glass) on the top right corner of the screen.

Then enter “The Roku Channel” using the onscreen keyboard.

Select The Roku Channel app, then select Install or Download.

Once The Roku Channel app is installed, you can open it immediately or access it later from the My Apps screen or home page smart hub menu. 

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