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 content is essential.

While there are tons of options to choose from, these are my top 10 picks for channels that offer both popular movies/shows as well as more niche content. I’ll explain how to easily add each channel to your Roku device so you can start streaming ASAP.

Let’s get to it!

An Introduction to Roku Channels

Before we dive in, let me quickly explain what Roku channels are for those who may be new to the platform. Roku devices allow you to stream content to your TV from various channel apps you add to your account. While some channels require a paid subscription, there are also lots of free options available.

Adding channels is super simple:

  1. Go to Streaming Channels > Search Channels
  2. Search for the desired channel
  3. Click Add Channel to install
  4. Launch the app and enter any login details needed

See? Piece of 🍰 cake!

Now onto the channels…

1. Tubi

Tubi is home to thousands of movies and shows covering every genre imaginable – from comedy, drama and kids content to niche favorites like British series, anime and Korean dramas.

It really does have it all and with fewer ads than regular TV. The library is updated weekly, so there’s always something new to choose from.

2. Pluto TV

Pluto TV offers over 100+ channels streaming the best of movies, TV shows, news, sports and more. It’s like regular cable…but free!

Some Pluto channel highlights:

  • FBI Files
  • Minecraft TV
  • Cult Classics
  • Pluto TV Drama
  • Pluto TV Kids

I’m addicted to the endless supply of Ghost Dimension episodes – perfect for paranormal fans!

3. The CW

For those who love keeping up with the latest network shows, The CW channel is a must. It allows free access to new episodes the day after they air of favorites like:

  • Legacies
  • Riverdale
  • Supergirl
  • Batwoman
  • Nancy Drew

The channel also includes lots of extras like behind-the-scenes footage and cast interviews.

4. Crackle

Crackle’s claim to fame is having an endless supply of Hollywood movies and original programming available 100% free. We’re talking action flicks, comedies, cult classics – you name it.

It’s perfect for times when you want blockbuster entertainment without spending a dime.


IMDbTV is Amazon’s free streaming channel with a focus on TV series and movies. Being owned by Amazon, their library is quite robust and updated frequently with new releases.

Some featured titles:

  • Chicago Fire
  • Friday Night Lights
  • Dawson’s Creek
  • Person of Interest

And lots more! The channel can be accessed via the Prime Video app on your Roku.

6. Peacock

Peacock TV, NBCUniversal’s relatively new streaming service, offers thousands of hours of content for free. Of course their library includes classic shows like The Office and Parks and Rec but also movies, news, sports and more.

Worth checking out – especially since it won’t cost you a penny! Access Peacock via their channel app on your Roku.

7. PBS Kids

If you have children who like streaming shows, PBS Kids is full of free educational entertainment perfect for young ones. Let them explore beloved series featuring all of their favorite characters.


VEVO is the destination for streaming all of today’s most popular music videos. It’s how I keep up with the latest from artists like Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, Doja Cat and more without having to search individually on YouTube.

Their catalog also features lots of emerging and indie artists as well.

9. Popcornflix

For an endless supply of movies in just about every genre, Popcornflix is a top choice. It’s completely free and has an impressive library of comedies, dramas, action, thrillers and so much more.

10. Redbox

Lastly, Redbox allows you to stream free ad-supported movies with a focus on recently released titles. Selections get updated frequently.

So if you want to watch some of the newest flicks that were just in theaters for zero dollars, Redbox is the ticket!

Get Streaming, Friends!

I don’t know about you, but I’m excited to dive into this amazing world of free movies, TV shows and more! Now that you know the best channels available, go ahead and start adding them to your Roku so you can begin streaming ASAP.

Let me know in the comments which free channel ends up being your favorite or if you have any others to recommend!

Happy streaming 📺