Top Roku Channels You Must Check Out Now

I have been using the Roku player for almost three years and I’m still loving every minute of it now as I did when I first bought it. What I love about Roku is that I have easy access to over a thousand of channels — both free and paid — in one place; and I don’t pay the monthly fee in order to use the player like I would with cable or satellite.

I have installed lots of channels on Roku. Some of them have more superb contents than others.

If you bought Roku and you have trouble figuring out what channels have good shows, movies, videos, etc, I’ll be able to provide you a list of the channels that you should check out immediately. So without much further ado, here is a list of the top Roku channels that you must check out now.

  1. Tubi TV

The website for Tubi TV boasts that it is “the largest library of modern classics and cult favorite TV shows and movies.” It is so true. The selection of movies and television shows is so huge that it is impossible not to find anything to watch.

The programs are sorted by numerous categories; these include drama, comedy, and horror which are typical categories. Tubi TV also features unique categories such as Not on Netflix, Foreign Favorites, and Good Eats. Viewers can watch movies and shows that are both well known (The Usual Suspects) and not-so well known (The Sandbaggers). If they want to watch something completely different, they come to the right place.

Because of the vast selection, it appeals to everyone from children to adults 65 years or older. Tubi TV is 100% free and it is ad supported. New movies and television programs are added regularly, so there is always something new to watch. There is an option to create account, but it is not required to watch the contents.

2. YouTube

That is correct. The same YouTube that has music videos and the “Everything Went Wrong With…” series. You are no longer restricted to watching it on your computer or on your phone.

You can now watch it on the TV screen through Roku. In addition to watching music videos, you can also watch full-length movies and TV shows as well as clips from the late television shows.

For instance, I watched Akira, Paranoia Agent, and Dark Shadows (the original television series) which are my favorites on the YouTube channel. If you are looking for the most cost-effective way to watch full-length movies and shows, YouTube is one of the best choices.

3. Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll is the go-to source for anime and Asian drama. It hosts thousands of anime that are both classics and new like Bleach and World End: What Do You Do at the End of the World? Are You Busy? Will You Save Us? (Yes, that’s the actual title). The majority of them have subtitles although there are a few that are dubbed in English.

There are three types of membership plans offered to the Crunchyroll customers: free, premium membership, and premium + membership. If you choose the free option, you have to sit through the commercials while watching anime. If you choose either of the premium membership plans, you can watch the content ad-free; plus, you’ll get discount at the Crunchyroll store and have access to new episodes as soon as one hour after the original Japanese broadcasts.

There is one perk that is only available on the Crunchyroll website and not through the Roku channel: manga. Yes, manga are available for you to read although you will have limited access to them under the free plan.

4. Shout TV Factory

If there is one way to describe Shout TV Factory, it would be a “timeless cult heaven”. This offbeat streaming service brings you array of the classics that you have not either heard of before or you have not seen in ages. These nostalgia beauties that I’m talking about include Mystery Science Theater 3000( This series is so special, it even has its own category!), The Dick Cavett Show, and Home Movies.

If you happen to be a die-hard VHS collector, you may want to pay a special attention to the movies in the VHS Vault category since you won’t be able to find them anywhere else. But Shout TV Factory has something else in store: obscure television programs that are unfamiliar to even classic TV show fans (The Goldbergs, anyone?). Of course, the entertainment collection would not be complete without cult movies ranging from horror to comedy.

5. PBS

If you think that PBS is only available on public television, you are sorely mistaken. You can now watch it on Roku. There, you will find programs that are recently aired on the PBS channel and it is a great option for those who miss the original broadcasts. There are also some unique programs such as Blank on Blank.

If you are a member of the PBS Passport, you’ll be in it for a treat. With PBS Passport, you will have access to full-length programs which include all seasons of Downtown Abbey and MI-5. So next time you miss an episode of Antiques Roadshow, don’t fret. Just watch it on the Roku’s PBS.

6. Crackle

Owned by Sony, Crackle is somewhat similar to Tubi TV in many ways. It offers free movies and TV shows by means of ads. It is 100% free and having an account is not required to view contents (although you need one to save programs and track film history).

Unlike Tubi TV, however, Crackle broadcasts television series that are produced specifically for Crackle viewers. These shows include Art is More, Sports Jeopardy, and the television version of Snatch. It also broadcasts iconic shows such as 227, Just Shoot Me, and Seinfeld.

The library may not be as huge as the one at Tubi TV, but Crackle does updates its library regularly to keep the contents fresh for viewers.

These are just some of the channels that may be worth of shot as far as entertainment as concerns. If you are a Roku user and know some of other channels that should have made it on the list, please feel free to comment below.