The Best Free Channels on Roku in 2023

Hey friends! I wanted to share the inside scoop on some of my favorite free channels available on Roku. As a cord-cutter myself, having access to quality free streaming options is a must.

In this post, I’ll cover 10 fantastic free channels that offer thousands of movies, shows, music videos, and more. I’ll share a bit about what each channel offers along with quick steps for getting them set up on your Roku device.

Let’s dive in!

Top 10 Free Roku Channels

Here are my top picks for free Roku channels to add this year:

Channel Overview
HBO Max Stream HBO originals and movies
Peacock TV Access NBC shows, news, sports
Tubi TV Enjoy thousands of movies and shows
PBS Kids Fun, educational content for kids
Pluto TV 100+ channels of free TV and movies
The CW Latest shows from The CW network
Popcornflix Tons of movies across all genres
Vevo Watch your favorite music videos
Crackle Free Hollywood movies and TV shows
iHeartRadio Listen to music, news, and podcasts

Below I’ll expand more on what kinds of content and features you can expect with each channel.


  • Stream HBO Originals like Game of ThronesEuphoriaThe White Lotus and more
  • Also includes blockbuster movies and classic favorites
  • Create profiles and set parental controls for kids

Get step-by-step setup for HBO Max on Roku

Peacock TV

  • Includes current NBC shows like The Voice and Saturday Night Live
  • Get news from NBC Nightly News and TODAY Show
  • Stream live sports like Sunday Night Football
  • Watch Peacock Originals and NBC classics

Learn how to activate Peacock TV on your device

Tubi TV

  • 100% free (just a few ads)
  • Huge catalog of movies (even new releases) and shows
  • Fun niche categories like British TV, anime, Korean dramas

Activate your Tubi account by following these steps

PBS Kids

  • Educational shows to help kids learn
  • Features favorite characters like Daniel Tiger, Wild Kratts and more
  • Safe streaming experience for children

Get PBS Kids set up on your Roku

Pluto TV

  • Access over 100 free live TV channels
  • Tons of free on-demand movies and shows too
  • Categories like news, sports, comedy, music and more

Here’s how to get Pluto TV up and running

The CW

  • Stream shows from The CW like RiverdaleNancy DrewWalker and more
  • New episodes shortly after they air
  • Extras like behind-the-scenes footage

Learn how to watch The CW on your Roku device


  • Completely free movie streaming (with ads)
  • Great mix of comedies, dramas, family films and more
  • Also includes some original exclusive content


  • Easy to access all your favorite music videos
  • Covers emerging artists as well as superstars
  • Create playlists and get video recommendations

Here are the steps to activate Vevo on Roku


  • 100% free movies, TV shows and originals
  • Fun mix of action, comedy, drama and more
  • Create watchlists to track favorites

Follow these steps to start watching Crackle


  • Listen to over 1,500 free live radio stations
  • Includes music, news, sports, talk and comedy
  • Create custom stations based on favorite artists

As you can see, there’s definitely no shortage of great free video and audio options for Roku owners!

How to Add Channels on Roku

Adding these channels to start streaming only takes a few quick steps:

  1. Use the Search function to find the channel you want
  2. Select Add Channel to install it
  3. Open the channel app and log in or activate
    • If you see an activation code, visit the web link shown on another device to activate
  4. Start enjoying awesome free content!

That’s all there is to it. 🙂

I hope this overview gave you some ideas for great free channels to check out. Let me know in the comments if you have any other favorites I should cover!

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