At a time when we’re all looking to be entertained and stay connected while keeping an eye on our budgets, free apps on the most popular streaming platforms are more important than ever. Today, we’re looking at ten of the best free apps for news, weather, movies, TV, and more to watch on your Roku device, in no particular order.
Roku’s own free streaming channel hit movies, TV shows, 24/7 live news, and popular kids’ entertainment, all free for Roku users. the app is always adding new free content to the lineup, so check in often to see what’s new.
Plex allows users to stream your own photos, music, movies, shows, even DVR-ed TV to any device. Plex also recently added live TV to the app, now offering over 80 live TV channels, giving you even more content to enjoy for free.
This free streaming service has over 100 channels, airing everything from sci-fi to sports to stand up comedy. Choose the STIRR City closest to you for access to local news, sports, and weather updates.
One of the most popular weather apps on Roku, WeatherNation provides live weather newscasts from certified meteorologists, provides your local weather data, local weather alerts in the US from the National Weather Service, weather maps and more. Set your location to see the current temperature, feels like temperature, and extended forecasts for the area.
FilmRise is the home of an extensive free streaming movie and TV show collection, spanning all genres. On Roku, you’ll also find genre-specific FilmRise channels including Comedy, Kids, History, Drama, Classics, and many more.
XUMO has over 190 channels available to stream for free. Tune in for newly launched movie channels, breaking news, epic fails, stand-up comedy, sports, news coverage, and more.
NewsON offers live and on-demand local news from over 200 local TV stations. Watch live news, previous newscasts (up to 48 hours for most stations), or local news clips, all for free.
Crackle is another free streaming service with a large collection of movies and TV shows. Look for new releases and classics in comedy, drama, action, thriller and fandom, or check out a Crackle original for a series or movie you won’t find anywhere else.
Local Now brings viewers real time, localized information about weather, current events, lifestyle, sports, business, and traffic. Local Now partners include Reuters, Associated Press, Tribune Content Agency, Yelp, Cheddar and more.
This fan favorite streaming service is available for free on Roku. Watch 100+ channels and thousands of movies for free. Your favorite shows are playing 24/7 with channels dedicated to FBI Files, Ice Pilots, Degrassi, Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen, Ghost Dimension, Fear Factor and more.
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Jess Barnes attended Edinboro University and spent years working in nonprofit before taking up freelance writing in 2012. Jess has been working for Cord Cutters News since 2017.