Today Roku announced a new feature called Featured Free. This new section will pull together all the free episodes from ABC, The CW, CW Seed, FOX Freeform, Pluto TV, Sony Crackle, Tubi, and more all into one spot. No longer do you need to jump between multiple Roku channels.
Starting today, the new Featured Free tab will start rolling out to Roku players. This tab will show up on the home screen right next to the Roku Channel Store and your Roku Settings menu. There, you will find every free episode available from a long list of network apps and free services like Pluto TV, Sony Crackle, and Tubi.
“We want to be the best destination for free streaming entertainment. We’re delighted to deliver even more value to our customers without subscriptions, complicated logins or fees ,” said Rob Holmes, Roku’s Vice President of Programming and Engagement. “With Featured Free, we’re making it easy for our customers to see the great, free content already available on the Roku platform in one place, while creating value for our content providers by connecting them with Roku’s growing audience.”
Even if you don’t have the ABC Roku Channel installed, it will still show what free content you can get there without the need for a cable login. If you click on a show from a Roku Channel not installed, your Roku will automatically add it and start playing the episode for you.
Often one of the greatest frustrations for cord cutters is finding free content. It often is mixed in with content you need a cable login to watch. Now with this feature, all the 100% free content is neatly placed in a single spot to make it easy for you to find.
Each network has slightly different rules on when the free episodes go live. The CW posts their episodes the next day. Other networks wait a week after the show airs to post it live for you to watch free with ads.
Roku says this new Featured Free section will start rolling out later today. If you do not get the update today look for it to be added to your Roku in the weeks to come.
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