BBC America

With Orphan Black just weeks away from its series finale and a brand new season of Top Gear America premiering Sunday, we’re thrilled to bring you BBC America – available today on Roku players and Roku TV models in the U.S.!

BBC America is a hub of innovative, culturally contagious programming including the top-rated science-fiction phenomenon Doctor Who, fan-favorite Orphan Black, groundbreaking unscripted series Top Gear, buzzy and wildly bizarre Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency starring Elijah Wood, as well as the upcoming series Killing Eve from Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Blue Planet II, the next chapter in the epic story of our planet. The network was recently recognized with ten Emmy award nominations for Planet Earth II.

BBC America on Roku

With a nod to its UK roots, the reimagined US spin-off of Top Gear will appear with three new presenters and eight new episodes. Hosts included racing enthusiast and veteran film and TV actor William Fichtner, world champion drag racer Antron Brown, and premier British automotive journalist Tom “Wookie” Ford. Top Gear America will review not just exclusive and state-of-the-art vehicles, but also the cars of America’s culture defining past. From the latest supercars to the ultimate in automotive engineering technology, Top Gear America will put the viewer in the passenger seat alongside the car-obsessed hosts, as they race the most incredible vehicles on the scenic highways and historic tracks of the American west. Each week will feature a different celebrity who will compete for top honor on the leader board at the new Top Gear studio and track, Speed Vegas. Of course, the one and only Stig, Top Gear’s mysterious test driver, will be leaving everyone in his petrol-hazed wake.

Customers who subscribe to BBC America through a participating cable, satellite or telco provider have access to full episodes of the shows listed above, plus video extras and sneak peeks at upcoming series. New episodes are available in-season, usually the day after broadcast.

Click here to add the BBC America channel or find it in the “Movies & TV” category of the Channel Store.

Stream on!

About Bernarda Duarte

Director, Content Acquisition
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40 Comments
  • Skip V. Patel

    Plex

  • doctorx

    They still don’t get it… If I had cable, I would not need a rolling channel

  • doctorx

    They still don’t get it… If I had cable, I would not need the effen Roku channel. Requiring a cable subscription is just wrong.

    • Andrew

      I have cable and use roku channels. It is a great on demand service, I don’t have DVR and I don’t watch live.

    • MassiveQuantitiesofPie

      How is it wrong? The BBC/AMC Networks have to charge for their content or they won’t be able to make new stuff. Pay for cable, pay for Sling, or go without. Roku is not shorthand for “getting everything I want to watch for free”.

      • doctorx

        I have sling… Doesn’t authenticate

      • pmdr

        AMC used to be free basic cable. No ads. Then they began running ads just like everyone else. Those ads don’t run for free. Somebody is paying AMC just like they pay all the other free to air channels. If they want the viewers to pay, fine. Make it like HBO and ditch the commercials. Don’t expect viewers to ensure all the ads AND also pay extra. That’s just goofy.

    • I have cable and use roku channels. It is a great on demand service, I don’t have DVR and I don’t watch live.

  • Peggy Bedingfield

    So, you STILL need a cable provider for BBC America, even on ROKU? Bologna!

    • MassiveQuantitiesofPie

      Why? Roku doesn’t mean everything’s free.

      • Tina Clark

        Of course not, but one could pay a subscription fee and not have to have cable.

        • Peggy Bedingfield

          I don’t mind paying for a subscription fee to watch BBC America, it’s the fact you need sat or cable, I object too. If I could afford cable or DISH or whatever, I wouldn’t need ROKU.

          • Tina Clark

            Exactly.

  • Tim Meushaw

    Oh, how… nice. Yet another channel that requires a cable subscription. Thanks, I guess…?

    • MassiveQuantitiesofPie

      Why wouldn’t it require a sub? Why would cable channels make it easy to watch their expensive programming for free when they’re charging millions of other people a premium for it?

  • John

    No Verizon support?

  • Lady K

    the only thing is, when I try and put in my activation code,,,,it says success on the computer on the bbc america site, but the app on roku just sits there and does not go to the show activated.

    • Todd Grady

      Same here

      • Pancho Madrigal

        Exact same problem here; however, I can get BBC America on my laptop using my cable provider credentials. It is a Roku problem.

        • More specifically, a BBC America Roku app problem. For other Roku apps work just fine (at least that’s the case for me).

          • Pancho Madrigal

            Right on target. Hopefully BBC America and Roku are working together to find a solution. This has been going on for too long now. Roku: Hellooo….are you there? Any news yet?

          • Customer Service

            Please try deleting the BBCA app, doing a System Update, and re-installing. You should be using version 2.0 build 3.

          • Pancho Madrigal

            Thank you for your reply. I already had done that several times but same results. BBCA app is already working all by itself. I guess I was eventually allowed to login on the background. As soon as I noticed the Direct TV logon on the screen I knew all was fine.

      • Customer Service

        Please try updating using “System Update” on the Roku. You should receive version 2.0 build 3 of BBCA.

    • Me too. BTW, I subscribe to BBC America through xfinity cable and I’m trying to activate the BBC America app on a 32″ Sharp brand Roku set. Like you, I followed the activation instructions using the code generated on the set. All seemed to be working. I received the “SUCCESS! You can now watch BBCA shows on your device.” message after typing the code onto the activation site, but the app on the Roku set never reflects that it’s been synced to my account. I tried generating a new activation code, refreshing my connection, turning the device off and on again, and tried uninstalling and reinstalling the app – all to no avail.

      • Lady K

        It’s kicked in now. It seems to be working now.

        • My device still won’t activate despite an on-line message indicating activation was successful. 🙁

          • MassiveQuantitiesofPie

            Mine won’t activate either even though the webpage says it did.

          • Customer Service

            Are you using version 2.0 build 3 of the app ?

          • Customer Service

            Could you try doing a “system update” and updating to the latest version of the app? It would say “version 2.0 build 3” when you click * while the app is in focus.

          • I ran system update as instructed, but no update was applied for I’m already running version 2.0 build 3 (yes, I checked). The problem still persists. I also tried uninstalling the app, performing a system reboot, then reinstalling the app all to no avail. Additionally, I tried deleting the app and then adding the app via the Roku channel website instead of via my television’s interface. Regardless of which way I installed the app, an activation code is generated that I enter at the indicated URL, after entering the code and selecting my cable provider (i.e. xfinity) I receive a success message on my computer (or my tablet – depending on which one I was using) indicating that the code worked, but after I get the success message, the Roku app never actually activates. It just hangs. It’s not a problem with my Wi-Fi, for I activated a NBC app in the same manner as I do for the BBC American one and the NBC app activated just fine.

  • Diane U

    This is why I use Sling TV. BBC America is one of the few reasons I turn on TV.

  • Bill McLaughlin

    Total waste of time. I love BBC but dumped cable a long time ago. Better go the HBO direct route, BBC, before cable and satellite disappear – their subscribers are fewer every month. In the meantime, lots of Brit and Aussie and Canadian stuff on Acorn TV and Britbox! Plus, of course, the REAL top gear is on Amazon anyway…

  • Andrew

    I don’t think people get it. It is an on-Demand service, like a sister service to TV providers, a dvr alternative. I hope TV channels are eventually sold individually, but this, like virtually every other channel app only work with a TV provider sign in.

    • MassiveQuantitiesofPie

      Exactly. These apps aren’t for cord cutters. Maybe BBCA will go the HBONow route but for now, they’re sticking with their model.

      Ala carte pricing will be very expensive compared to package deals, at least on a per channel basis.

  • The app is still not working for me. I’m running version 2.0 build 3 of the BBCA app. As I indicated previously, I went online, selected xfinity as my cable provider, received a confirmation message that the code I entered was successful and that I could now watch BBCA content on my device, but the app never actually activates after supposedly confirming online that I am indeed a BBC America subscriber. I hate to give the app a poor rating, but I’m doing everything I’m supposed to and it still doesn’t work. Other apps activate just fine and my Roku-equipped TV’s wi-fi is functioning properly. It’s been over a week and half since I reported the issue and the only feedback I’ve received is an email reply from BBC America viewer relations indicating that the proper department has been notified of the issue I’m experiencing. and a reply from this blog instructing me to verify I’m using version 2.0 build 3 of the BBCA app (which I am). Do you have an ETA as to when this issue will be resolved?

    • Customer Service

      If you’ve done a system update, and deleted and re-installed the BBCA app, V 2.0.3 should have resolved the issue. Sounds like your device may need a factory reset. Could you try that?

      • I tried, a network reset. That didn’t fix it. So a did a complete system/factory reset. Success! I’ll have to reestablish all my custom interfaces and re-link all my apps (an embuggerance), but the BBC America app finally works.

        To anyone else who needs to take this drastic troubleshooting measure: I recommend being logged onto the Roku site beforehand, for you’ll need to re-link your device to your account after performing the reset. Also, if you’re unsure which email account you used when you initially set up your device, check your device’s settings screen before preforming the reset, for the settings screen displays the email account used. Hope those tips help.

  • pmdr

    Top Gear America is definitely scripted. They have a script. Not usually a good one but it’s there.

  • Bob McLeran

    Using ROKU (up-to-date firmware) with installed BBC America app. Get the activation code and follow instructions to go to http://www.bbcamerica.com/activate, enter the code, and all goes well until I have to select my internet provider. Nothing is listed for Brighthouse, Spectrum, or even Charter Spectrum. I’ve verified that Brighthouse, now Spectrum, does indeed have BBC America channel (1278 in HD) and can readily access it on a computer/device.

    Can click on link on the activation site and be taken to BBCAmerica.com where I can find Charter Spectrum, login with U/N and P/W and everything is available on computer/device, but still not on ROKU BBCAmerica app.

    Ideas?