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How to Watch a Ton of 100% Free Content with a Roku 

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Are you a cord cutter Roku owner on a super tight budget? Here is a great list of official channels that will give you a ton of 100% free content.

Crackle

Crackle is an exceptional way to access a substantial amount of 100% free movies, TV shows, and original programming.

You can find Crackle here: https://www.roku.com/channels#!details/2016/crackle

Tubi TV

TUBI_LOGOTubi TV is very similar to Crackle with a large selection of great movies and TV shows. They add new movies and TV shows every week, so make sure to keep checking back to see their updated content.

You can find Tubi TV here: https://www.roku.com/channels#!details/41468/tubi-tv

Livestream

livestreamIf you love live content, from concerts to news and sports, Livestream is a must have channel for Roku owners! There are many excellent live events aired 100% free on the Livestream channel every day. From great coverage of music festivals, to local news, and even college football games, the Livestream app is a must for everyone.

You can find the Livestream app here: https://www.roku.com/channels#!details/29216/livestream

Comedy Central, History Channel, and Nickelodeon

Nick-LogoWant cable channel apps on a 100% free list? YES! Many cable channel apps offer a ton of free shows. While your selection will be limited, they often update the content of their free shows.  Regularly checking their site will give you access to a fresh selection of their great TV shows. It takes a bit of work, but these apps can be an abundant resource for cord cutters. *If you have a cable login you will receive a larger catalog of shows.

You can find these channels here:

Comedy Central: https://www.roku.com/channels#!details/63344/comedy-central

History Channel: https://www.roku.com/channels#!details/35059/history

Nickelodeon: https://www.roku.com/channels#!details/52838/nick

Smithsonian 

If you love history and science programing the Smithsonian channel is a superb resource for cord cutters. 100% free high quality original content is available on the Smithsonian channel.

You can find the Smithsonian Channel here: https://www.roku.com/channels#!details/19217/smithsonian-channel

PBS

PBS is also an exceptional source of free shows, documentaries, and tons of original content. With everything from news to great dramas, PBS is a channel every cord cutter should check out.

You can find the PBS channel here: https://www.roku.com/channels#!details/23353/pbs

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6 Responses to How to Watch a Ton of 100% Free Content with a Roku 

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    Domenic July 24, 2015 at 10:57 am #

    Yahoo TV is another great roku channel with live concerts, news and original programming for free!

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    Mitch Hellman July 24, 2015 at 3:36 pm #

    One of my recent faves is Docurama. They’ve got a huge selection of documentary films, 100% free on Roku. In the past two or three weeks, I’ve watched documentaries featuring author Harlan Ellison, tattoo artist Ed Hardy, a freewheeling discussion of the craft of acting in films with Dabney Coleman, Peter Falk, and Sidney Pollack, a story about Hurricane Katrina survivors who were relocated in Utah, and one about real-life superheroes.

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    Rob July 26, 2015 at 1:36 pm #

    Timeless Toons is a great freebie replacement for Saturday morning cartoons of yesteryear. Great babysitter stuff too.

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    Dave Traweek July 27, 2015 at 9:11 pm #

    History Channel is severely restricted in “free” offerings. You have to have a TV provider to unlock the full content. Also, I’ve noticed that other ostensibly “free” Roku channels are so plagued with ads they’re almost unwatchable. Last night I tried to watch a documentary on a Roku channel that I deleted and now can’t find to name here, and there were unskipable ads about every 10 minutes or so. It was so bad after about 20 minutes or so I stopped watching and killed the app on my Roku. I’ve noticed that a lot of the “free” channels on Roku are garbage that I wouldn’t watch even if paid to do so. Crackle, for instance allows me to watch a single movie that’s “now playing” on my TV via Roku, but on the Crackle app on my tablet I’ve got more choices of third tier programs. Crackle is free, but not that great in my experience. Maybe I’m doing it wrong. As always, YMMV.

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    Ron July 29, 2015 at 8:17 pm #

    Of course I am partial to the Stream Now TV channel on Roku.

    https://channelstore.roku.com/details/55546/stream-now-tv

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    Paul November 11, 2015 at 9:48 pm #

    Tunein app brings you literally thousands of free radio stations.