The 10 Best Roku Channels You Need to Try

In terms of streaming, Roku is one of the best streaming devices out there. I have so many friends that were able to cut the cord thanks to Roku. There is an enormous amount of content available to you. Apps or content channels allow you to watch everything from TV shows and movies to other types of content. Of course, with nearly 3,000 channels there are bound to be plenty of duds in the mix. You need to fill your device with the best Roku channels in order to get the most out of the cord cutting experience.

But, with so much to choose from how do you determine what’s worth watching? After a little digging, I’ve come up with ten of the best Roku free channels to get you started! Finding others is simple and before you know it, you will have all of the best Roku channels loaded and playing daily!



Crackle is one of the most popular free streaming networks. While the selection isn’t as diverse as Netflix or Hulu, it’s free and they do have some pretty decent movies and TV shows. Crackle is the exclusive home to shows like Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Crash, Sports Jeopardy, and StartUp. Coupled with the movies, this makes Crackle one of the best Roku channels around.

CW Seed

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CW Seed doesn’t have the full lineup of CW shows, but they do have a few new shows, plenty of older shows, and even some CW Seed exclusives. If you’re looking for a good laugh, all of the episodes of Whose Line is it Anyway is available through CW Seed.



Obviously, PBS is free! This is going to be hit or miss, but these days PBS has some of the best TV around. Their Masterpiece collection includes Downton Abbey, Grantchester, Indian Summers, and Poldark. You’ll be able to find full episodes of these shows, and many others for free!



Perhaps the best part of the free channel, TubiTV is the section, “Not on Netflix.” This is a free streaming service, so the content can sometimes be obscure. But unlike many of the free movie channels, this one will have some titles that you’ll recognize. Current offerings even include Mr. Brooks, The Duchess, and Lions for Lambs.



PopcornFlix is kind of like the poor man’s Netflix. It’s free so you’re not going to find the sweeping array of content you will there, but there are some gems here that make this worth putting on your Roku and keeping it there.

Jim Henson Family TV

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Jim Henson Family TV offers a small selection of family content. Normally I wouldn’t recommend anything as small as this, but Jim Henson lovers and their children will find a lot to appreciate here. From Fraggle Rock and The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss to Secret Life of Toys and Emmet Otter’s Jug Band, so much of the beloved Henson catalog is here to enjoy for free. This is also available on Hulu, but if you don’t have a subscription, this is a great way to watch without one.

Popcornflix Kids

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Popcornflix Kids is another family channel, though this one is a little more diverse than the Jim Henson channel. Here you get a decent selection of movies and TV shows that are family oriented. Though offerings change, some current titles include Race for your Life, Charlie Brown, Inspector Gadget, The Adventures of Paddington Bear, and Dude, Where’s My Dog?



Vevo is great if you want to watch music videos or other music performances. You can think of Vevo as an all-music, YouTube. There are thousands of new and classic music videos, so chances are, if it exists, you’ll find it here.



iHeartRadio is a must have app for music lovers. This digital radio service provides well over 1,500 live stations from around the country. No matter what you listen to you’ll find it in abundance on iHeartRadio. Best of all, you’re not going to pay anything for it. I’m not a huge fan of music channels really, just because I’m more interested in TV and movies where Roku is concerned, but I have this app and use it quite a bit.



The great thing about YouTube is the sheer amount of content that is available to you for free. Original YouTube channels offer everything from comedy skits to music videos. There are also plenty of TV shows and movies available, if you know how and where to find them. There really is something for everyone here and while it’s not the free Roku channel, it’s definitely one worth having.

There are so many Roku channels that these are just some of the best Roku free channels that are available to you. Make sure to try out new and unknown channels, too. Who knows, you might just find something you like.

Ashtyn Evans

Ashtyn Evans

Ashtyn Evans is a screenwriter and freelance writer from the Midwest. She owns nearly a thousand films on Amazon and holds streaming subscriptions to everything from HBO and Hulu to Showtime and Starz. Email her at
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