Best News Channels on Roku to Get Latest Updates Anytime

Hey there! Whether you want to keep up with the latest on COVID updates or stay in the loop on other top stories, adding a news channel is a great way to turn your Roku into an all-in-one news hub.

As a cord-cutter myself, I know how tough it can be to find reliable news sources. But the good news (pun intended!) is that Roku makes it easy. There are tons of awesome free news channels available right from the Roku store.

In this guide, I’ll share my top 5 picks for news on Roku and simple steps to get any channel installed. Let’s dive in!

Top 5 News Channels on Roku

Haystack News

“From local coverage to current global events”

Haystack News is my #1 choice for free news on Roku. They do a fantastic job blending local, national, and world events into one feed. Expect a wide range updates on:

  • COVID-19
  • Politics
  • Business
  • Technology
  • Entertainment
  • Sports
  • Weather
  • and more

It’s also fully customizable so you can tailor your news to what matters most to you.

To add Haystack News:

KCTV5 News

Kansas City’s #1 local news provider

For those residing in the Kansas City area, KCTV5 is as good as it gets for local coverage. They’re known best for their:

  • Breaking local headlines
  • Live weather forecasts and radar (StormTrack5)
  • Investigative reporting
  • Friday Night Flights
  • Chiefs, Royals, and college sports coverage

So if you want news on what’s happening in KC, look no further than KCTV5!

To add KCTV5 News:

OAN (One America News Network)

The authority in headline news & politics

If staying updated on politics and developing stories is a top priority for you, OAN needs to be on your Roku lineup.

Expect top-notch reporting with a no fluff, non-biased approach on:

  • Breaking political headlines
  • Top business news
  • Live video whenever major events occur

To add OAN: Search “OAN” in Roku store

Fox News

The leader in national & global updates

And of course, no list would be complete without the heavy-hitter Fox News. As most popular cable news network, Fox News is a must for well-rounded coverage on the biggest national and international topics.

Some highlights include:

  • Live breaking news alerts
  • Up-to-the-minute headlines
  • Popular shows like Hannity and Tucker Carlson Tonight
  • Live streams of top stories

To add Fox News:


24/7 access to top finance, health & political news

Rounding out my top 5 is Newsmax TV. Like OAN, they have fantastic timely coverage on finances, politics, health stories and more.

If you don’t want fluffy content and only care about the hard news that impacts your life, Newsmax is a solid choice.

To add Newsmax: Search “Newsmax” in Roku store

How to Add Any Channel on Your Roku

The process of adding a channel is quick and painless. Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Turn on your Roku and go to the Home screen
  2. Scroll down and click on Streaming Channels
  3. Select Search Channels
  4. Type in the channel name you want to add
  5. Select the channel and click Add Channel
  6. After installing, click Go To Channel
  7. Find the channel on your Home screen and start watching!

And that’s it! With just those few clicks, you can access virtually any Roku channel.

Let me know if any questions come up during the installation process.

I hope this guide gave you some ideas on the best news channels to follow on your Roku player or Roku TV. Stay healthy and keep that news IQ high!

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