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My Top 10 FREE Roku Channels Every Roku Owner Should Try Out in 2018

2017 was a great year for Roku owners with hundreds of new channels added and just recently many great ones and it is only half over. So we thought we would take a look at what are some of the best channels on the Roku for 2018.

Here is our short list of Roku Channels every cord cutter should check out.


#1 Pluto TV

Pluto TV recently expanded to add over a 1000 free movies and TV episodes. If you have yet to try Pluto TV maybe it is time to give them a second look.

You can add Pluto TV to your Roku here:’s-free-tv

#2 Tubi TV

Escape the claws of subscription fees. We are Tubi TV, the free Internet TV network, that’s working on your behalf to unlock Hollywood so entertainment is free, without the burden of credit cards. We have the largest collection of premium and unique movies and TV shows. For free, forever.

You can add Tubi TV to your Roku here:

#3 Crackle

Crackle is the destination to watch free TV, movies and exclusive originals. All free, anytime, anywhere and on any device. So escape the daily grind and recharge with your favorite comedy, drama and action entertainment. Crackle… break away. Stream Crackle on all your devices: iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, PlayStation, Xbox and more. Make a list of your favorite movies and TV shows to watch later. Create a free account to save your place and pick up where you left off on any device. No authentication or cable subscription needed.

You can add Crackle to your Roku here:


Vudu has also recently started to offer free movies on top of their store. With a surprisingly good lineup of free movies, Vudu is now a must try service for cord cutters.

You can add VUDU to your Roku here:

#5 The Roku Channel

Roku has launched a new streaming service that offers a ton of 100% free movies and TV shows all in one place. The new channel will be called “The Roku Channel,” and it will bring in a collection of top films from leading movie studios including Lionsgate, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Warner Bros.

You can add The Roku Channel to your Roku here:

NewsON-regions-1024x576#6 NewsON

From Roku:

Enjoy instant access to live, local TV newscasts for free. Stream newscasts from over 130+ local news stations across the US. Watch live news, previous newscasts (up to 48 hours for most stations), or news clips from your favorite stations. Connect with your local community, and help build the local news future with NewsON. NO cable subscription or login required. Just launch the channel on Roku, find your station, and enjoy local TV news anywhere, anytime.

You can add NewsON to your Roku here:

Sports-Illustrated-Roku#7 Sports Illustrated

From Roku:

Sports Illustrated is one of the world’s most respected media brands and a part of the Time Inc. portfolio of brands. Launched in 1954, the property now features a collection of category leading products and franchises including the flagship weekly magazine, a top 10 sports website (; SI Swimsuit, The MMQB; Planet Futbol; SI Now; SI Golf Group; Extra Mustard; SI Edge, SI Kids and FanNation. It is also a core partner to the new 120 Sports, live, digital programming network. Sports Illustrated offers sports fans trusted, authentic, agenda-free reporting and storytelling with the highest level video, photography and design. Sports Illustrated’s journalism goes deeper than the scores, moderating the national sports conversation for almost 60 years, first through the flagship print magazine, and now across more than a dozen with our 24/7 sports news website delivering more than 150 original stories to users each week from the world of sports including NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, NASCAR, college basketball, college football, golf, soccer, tennis, fantasy and much more.

You can add Sports Illustrated to your Roku here: 

#8 PBS Kids

PBS KIDS Video features more than 1,000 videos from over a dozen top PBS KID television series, including Curious George, The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Dinosaur Train, SUPER WHY!, Wild Kratts, and Sesame Street. PBS KIDS is committed to making a positive impact on the lives of children through curriculum-based entertainment with positive role models and content designed to nurture a child’s total well-being. With a 360-degree approach towards learning and reaching children, PBS KIDS leverages the full spectrum of media and technology to build knowledge, critical thinking, imagination, and curiosity.

You can add PBS Kids to your Roku here:

#9 YouTube

YouTube your way on the biggest screen in the house, from a playlist of music videos to your favorite comedy channels. Send videos from your phone to your TV when they’re sharing a Wi-Fi connection. Find a video on your YouTube app, click the TV icon that appears, and it instantly plays on your TV.

You can add YouTube to your Roku here:

#10 CBS News

The CBS News app features CBSN, the 24/7 digital streaming news network from CBS News, as well as on demand video from CBS’s awarding winning news programs, including CBS Evening News, CBS This Morning, 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, Sunday Morning and Face the Nation, and

You can add CBS News to your Roku here:

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12 Responses to My Top 10 FREE Roku Channels Every Roku Owner Should Try Out in 2018

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    SanityChecker January 1, 2018 at 11:29 am #

    PopcornFlix is almost identical to TubiTV with not quite as good selection but has some different movies.

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    Mike Thaler January 1, 2018 at 2:44 pm #

    These “free” movie sites like Crackle aren’t worth the price of admission. I tried a few of them when we first cut cord last summer. Numerous ads that often interupt scenes in mid sentence for ads last 2-4 minutes.
    I’d pay a $1 or $2 to watch some of the movies w.o. ads. They should provide a PPV option.
    One channel I’d pay $3 (maybe $4) to stream is TCM.

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      Ottis DA Da aD January 1, 2018 at 6:01 pm #

      Agreed, I had this argument before. But remember Hulu use to be free with commercials… with limited content & now they charge for it and of course there’s the no commercial one. (The also rebranded some free content under Yahoo View) If Crackle makes any pay plans, they might start charging for the free one & just adding 1 or 2 commercials vs the 5 – 100 commercials that show up during a single program.

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    filmex January 1, 2018 at 2:49 pm #

    And don’t forget, Nowhere Porn, an aggregate site that offers a dozen+ different channels of adult entertainment, all without any ads whatsoever.

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      DrexelLake January 1, 2018 at 4:29 pm #

      I added it, but I can’t find it in Roku.

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        filmex January 1, 2018 at 5:02 pm #

        Hmmm…it should show up as your last added channel, like any other app added. We’ve had it for a couple of years now.

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          Holly Anderson January 2, 2018 at 1:09 pm #

          It looks like a black icon with white smoke in it

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            filmex January 2, 2018 at 2:16 pm #

            Holly is right…there is no identifying text…just a dark nebulous cloud-looking thingee.

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            Holly Anderson January 2, 2018 at 2:29 pm #

            Which is probably a good thing…

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        Ottis DA Da aD January 1, 2018 at 5:53 pm #

        You might have to refresh it, go to setting and click on check for updates and it’ll add it or just simply power your Roku off and on & it should add.

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    James Grayson January 2, 2018 at 5:53 pm #

    I have often recommend Crackle. I watched a whole series free on Crackle that Amazon was charging $2.99 per episode. I have DTVN and still find to time to watch Crackle, Pluto TV, Tubi TV, The Roku Channel, and PBS. I also pay for Hulu, CBS All Access, Amazon Prime Video, and Acorn TV. Now I am going to check out Newson.

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    Curtis Blanton January 6, 2018 at 4:53 pm #

    YouTube on Roku is awful. it barely works and crashes a lot. Very slow.