It’s a New Year and there’s no better time for a fresh start – especially when it comes to the streaming entertainment you want for 2016. You’ve probably already set some New Year’s resolutions – maybe you’re hoping to work out more or eat healthier, which we can help you achieve! Well, my personal resolution is to be smarter at finding ways to save my hard earned money. And that’s when I began to explore the hundreds of FREE channels Roku has to offer to keep me entertained without putting a dent in my pocketbook.

Here are some of my favorite free channels, including some recently added gems from the Roku Channel Store. I’m sure I missed some great channels, so let me know your favorite free finds in the comments below!

Free Channels January

Free channels for movies & TV shows:

  • The CW – stream all your favorite CW shows like The Flash, Supergirl, and Jane The Virgin
  • Pluto TV – watch TV channels including News 24 7, Classic Movies, CNET, IGN and The Onion
  • TubiTV – now streaming The Virgin Suicides, Paranormal Activity, Dead Man Walking
  • CW Seed – binge on The OC, Whose Line Is It Anyway, Almost Human
  • PBS – PBS original and featured shows, including Downton Abbey and Sherlock, the day after they air
  • Popcornflix – watch Kingpin, The Burbs, Bloodsport, The Man Show and more
  • Crackle – stream Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, The Art of More, Sports Jeopardy and a number of great movies

Free news channels:

  • NewsON – live and on-demand local newscasts and local news clips from 118 stations in 90 markets
  • CBS News – 24/7 digital streaming news network and on demand video from CBS programs, including CBS Evening News, CBS This Morning and 60 Minutes
  • ABC News – live news stream and on-demand content, entertainment news, live hourly updates, original programming and more
  • Sky News – 24/7 live news stream and on demand video covering world, US, business, politics and more

Free channels for kids:

  • PBS KidsWild Kratts, Curious George, The Cat in the Hat and more
  • Hasbro – watch classic shows including GI Joe, Transformers and Conan the Adventurer
  • HooplaKidz – ad-free nursery rhymes, kid-friendly songs, spelling videos and more
  • Popcornflix Kids – currently streaming Rugrats Go Wild, Strawberry Shortcake, Kidz Bop Dance Moves and more
  • Little Pim Language Learning for Kids – makes it fun and easy for kids to learn a second language
  • HappyKids – music, stories and activity guides

Free channels for music:

  • VEVO – watch your favorite music videos, live performances and original shows
  • Pandora – listen to your Pandora stations or create new ones based on a song or artist
  • iHeartRadio – all-in-one digital radio service that lets you find more than 1,500 Live Stations
  • TuneIn – discover live global radio stations or enjoy on-demand programs like podcasts and concerts

Other must-add free channels:

  • YouTube – YouTube your way on the biggest screen in the house, from a playlist of music videos to your favorite comedy channels
  • GoPro – from surfing and snowboarding to music, motorsports and beyond – whatever your passion, you’ll find it here
  • Twitch – instantly watch your favorite games, the players you follow, and events you most want to be at
  • Red Bull TV – enjoy exclusive access to live sports events, the world’s top music festivals, inspirational films and popular series
  • Weather Nation – streams live weather newscasts from certified meteorologists, provides your local weather data, local weather alerts (U.S. only) from NWS (National Weather Service), weather maps and more
  • – a vast library of high quality, current, and engaging video tutorials taught by great teachers who are also working professionals
  • Vimeo watch and share high-quality videos from your family, friends, and the world’s most talented filmmakers

And don’t forget, there are plenty of free trial opportunities for our channels that require subscriptions too!

Happy Streaming New Year!

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About Melissa Morell

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  • Lisa

    I thank you for all the new channels I hope there are more to come I love my Roku

  • Lisa

    I tried to activate the USA now channel and its asking for a cable provider even though it gives you an activation code and you go on USA front / Roku. I get rid of my cable so I can use Roku to save money and that’s not right that making us have cable to to get these channels that’s not fair please research this more before you say there free channels thank you

    • Umbers35

      Since the USA Network requires a cable provider, I think you would have to talk to USA Network about that.
      Roku doesn’t have anything to do with what that channel requires you to do to watch. Roku just provides the ability to watch; it doesn’t decide whether you can watch or not.

    • Iptv Guy

      I know of a private channel where you can get around 200 live TV network channels and more for a small monthly fee if you are interested email me for details

      • glitterygirl

        Hi im currently have comcast but I can’t make up my mind if I get the roku, comcast asking $$$ but there is a lot of package they offer . All I need the local station but it cost money if I get the roku. My question is is it worth it to get Internet or keep my 3 digit monthly charges through Comcast? Need advice I need to save money but I like triple play package too.

  • Jim Monaghan

    “Apologies, but the web channel store is not currently supported in your region.” I get this for every channel mentioned. I don’t even get BBC iplayer.

  • John

    Boowa & Kwala is now available worldwide as channel UpToTen. Come learn and play both in English then French.

  • In 2016 what I really want to see is Roku woo’ing more cable network channels and encouraging them to create apps AND stream their networks live like CNNgo.

  • Robertjm

    From experience only had a limited amount of freebies, requiring you to buy a subscription for the bulk of the collection. Do we get access to all of Lynda, or just a small portion?

  • KingdumOfCapitalizinUponOthers

    why doesnt your roku simply show that a channel is already added, instead of wasting more time to see that in next menus? where is the weather app info fed to homepage? other app info fed to homepage? or this cant do what android can?

  • Jenny Takla

    Where can i get a full detailed list of free channels? Thank you

  • Jack Hamlett

    Can TLC be added to the account or the TLC go

  • kamakito

    Roku is better than spending the money for a smart tv. For sure.
    I have a 4 year old, smart tv and gradually a few app’s will not be updated and so they don’t work.
    wasn’t aware that would happen.
    Much more content in the Roku and cheaper to update..If I have to.