Some of my earliest memories of watching TV were waking up early for Saturday morning cartoons. I grew up on a healthy diet of G.I. Joe, Looney Tunes, and Animaniacs. Luckily, you don’t need to get up early to get your cartoon fix these days – you can stream these channels around the clock absolutely free. See below for a list of the best FREE cartoon channels on the Roku platform.

What is your favorite cartoon from your childhood? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • American Cartoon Classics – Relive the golden age of cartoons with Betty Boop, Casper, Felix the Cat, Popeye, and more.
  • Cartoon Club Live – Stream classic cartoons in the form of an easy-to-use live stream format.
  • Cartoon Station – Cartoon Station features certified classics like Tom and Jerry, Popeye, Betty Boop, The 3 Stooges, and more.
  • Looney Tunes – This channel streams a repeating feed of classic public domain Looney Tunes.
  • Hasbro – Watch your favorite Hasbro Studios cartoons for free, including G.I. Joe, Transformers, and Conan the Adventurer.
  • Pokemon TV – Watch amazing Pokémon animated adventures starring Ash, Pikachu, and all their friends for free.
  • Popeye Channel – Stream a feed of classic cartoons featuring Popeye, Olive Oyl, and Sweet Pea.

Happy streaming!

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We chat with different types of Roku customers every day – some cord cutters who strictly stream, others who have cable, and many cord shavers who fall somewhere in between. To share his perspective and expertise on cord cutting, we’ve invited Chris Brantner for a guest blog post series. 

Sure, the on-demand streaming revolution is amazing. It’s awesome to want to watch something and be able to find it and watch it immediately. Still, there is something magical about live TV.

Watching something as soon as it’s revealed can be great fun. Channel surfing is a great perk of cable or satellite, which involves being able to watch different live shows as well as finding new things to watch. Not to mention, who wants to watch sports or the news on demand?

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So, even though on-demand streaming is awesome, there is still a case to be made for live TV. It’s just not going out of style.

That’s one of the best things about Roku streaming devices. While you can watch live TV with an antenna or on cable/satellite, there is also plenty of live TV available on various Roku streaming channels. And it’s not just for cord cutters. If you’re a cable subscriber, you can access a wide variety of cable content on your Roku streaming device.

If you’re looking for live TV, here are some of your best options when you’re using a Roku streaming device.

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Sling TV – Sling TV was made for cord cutters. If you don’t have a pay TV subscription, Sling TV gives you access to a variety of live cable channels (anywhere from 25 channels to over 100). Depending on the Sling TV package you choose, it may be more affordable than a traditional pay TV subscription. You get channels like AMC, TBS, and TNT, starting at $20 per month. Sling TV even recently added NHL Network to its Sports Extra pack just in time for hockey season.

PlayStation Vue – Vue is similar to Sling TV, though you pay a little more, while receiving more channels. Fans of channel surfing will like Vue. You get channels like Syfy, Bravo, FX and Food Network. The benefit here is that there is really something for everyone and a unique cloud DVR.
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Being this holiday season’s FAVORITE gifter may seem like a difficult task but stick with Roku and completing your shopping list will be quick and easy! Whether your Yuletide recipient is new to streaming or in need of a device upgrade, one of our Roku streaming devices will surely bring a lot of entertainment and joy.

The Perfect Stocking Stuffer: Roku Express ($29.99 MSRP)

At $29.99 MSRP, anyone who loves streaming or who is new to streaming can appreciate the Roku Express. Roku Express brings you 1080p HD streaming, effortless setup, easy-to-use remote AND simple navigation for a blockbuster price. Go on, pick up one…or seven.

The Ultimate Travel Companion: Roku Streaming Stick ($49.99 MSRP)

Is “wanderlust” part of your gift recipient’s everyday lingo? Give the gift of streaming that you can take with you. The Roku Streaming Stick is pocket-sized, features a quad-core processor and gets you to your favorite shows fast – you’ll never have to miss any of your favorite shows while you’re at home or at your in-laws!

The High Performing Gifts: Roku Ultra ($129.99 MSRP), Roku Premiere+ ($99.99 MSRP) and Roku Premiere ($79.99 MSRP)

4K is the “it” word of the season and all three of our newest players have it.

  • Roku Ultra is the biggest, baddest streaming player you could give, with all the bells and whistles such as a quad-core processor, 802.11ac dual-band wireless, plus brilliant 4K* and 1080p HD streaming, vibrant HDR* color, and Dolby Audio™. Need we say more?
  • Roku Premiere+ brings your special someone brilliant 4K picture quality that immerses him or her in the action PLUS the ever favorite enhanced remote with voice search. Yes, please!
  • Roku Premiere is beyond basic. 4K Ultra HD resolution at just $79.99 makes it more than an amazing value. In fact, the HD entertainment your gift recipient would experience when they open this up is priceless!

The “OMG” Gift: Roku TV

Want to really “WOW” them this holiday without panicking your wallet? Enter Roku TV. It’s a perfect gift for the entire family and you can choose from a variety of brands, 4K or HD, and screen sizes from 24” to 65”. Jaws will drop and you’ll hold the title of “favorite gifter” for years to come.

Which Roku device will you be giving (or hoping to get) this holiday season? There’s truly a Roku device for everyone to enjoy at a variety of price points that don’t break the bank. Don’t forget to check out Roku.com for special product and content offers.

Happy Streaming, everyone!

*The 4K experience requires a compatible 4K TV and 4K content. HDR requires a compatible HDR TV and HDR content. Such content will not be available on all channels. Check with the channel partner for specific bandwidth requirements to access its 4K and HDR content. 60 fps requires a compatible TV & content.
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Can you believe Election Day is nearly here?! No matter who you’re voting for on November 8th, I’m sure you’ll be glued to your TV. Here’s how you stream the election streaming on your Roku player or Roku TV.

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And if you’re looking for a little comedic relief on Election Night, be sure to check out Stephen Colbert’s Election Night Special live on SHOWTIME® at 11pm ET/8pm PT.

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October was a busy month here at Roku HQ. We launched a new lineup of streaming players, introduced 4K Ultra HD Hitachi Roku TVs, and still found time to celebrate Halloween. Oh yeah, and we added a bunch of new free channels! Click the links below to learn more and add the channels to your Roku device.

What’s your favorite channel of the bunch? Let us know in the comments section below!

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  • The CW – Stream all your favorite CW shows like The Flash, Supergirl, and Jane The Virgin for free on your TV.
  • People/Entertainment Network (PEN) – Get exclusive insider access to celebrities, pop culture and entertainment shows brought to you by People and Entertainment Weekly.
  • Mashable – Your go-to source for tech, digital culture and entertainment content.
  • US Weekly – Content brought to you by the popular celebrity and entertainment magazine.
  • Rolling Stone – Content brought to you by the biweekly magazine that focuses on popular culture.
  • Rasslin’ – Classic wrestling matches from the 70’s & 80’s.
  • XL TV – Free movies and TV shows.
  • FailArmy – Epic fail videos.
  • Baeble Music – Your number one source of full-length live concerts from today’s most promising artists.
  • Cracked – Filled with funny videos and a whole bunch of other funny stuff.
  • Great Big Story – A video network dedicated to the untold, the overlooked and the flat-out amazing.
  • Old School Movies – The Old School Movies collection brings back memories to some and a new perspective to others.
  • Reuters TV – Watch Reuters TV for free, personalized video news on-­the-­go.
  • UPROXX – The premier news and culture platform for the digital generation.
  • Above Average – Premium comedy series from top digital entertainers, celebrities, and comedians.

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All your preschoolers’ favorite entertaining and educational TV shows are here! Today the popular NOGGIN service is available on Roku players and Roku TV models in the U.S.

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After a 7-day free trial, NOGGIN is $5.99 per month and offers an ad-free experience featuring hundreds of iconic, full-length episodes, short-form videos, educational content, music videos featuring preschoolers’ favorite Nickelodeon characters, and more, with new content added weekly. To date, NOGGIN has 21 series available, including the recently added classics Miffy and Friends and Teletubbies. Additional titles in the NOGGIN lineup include Blue’s Clues, Jack’s Big Music Show, Gullah Gullah Island, Pocoyo and Little Bear, among others.

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Find the NOGGIN channel in the “Kids & Family” category in the Roku Channel Store now on Roku players and Roku TV models.

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As proud owners of Roku devices your experience always stays fresh with automatic software updates providing new features and fixes. Today we are beginning the release of Roku OS 7.5, the latest version of our operating system to Roku streaming players and Roku TVs. It includes some exciting new features that we know Roku TV users will love including Live TV Pause and mobile private listening. Whether you bought your Roku TV today, or purchased one of the first Roku TVs launched in 2014, you’ll receive these great new features. Roku OS 7.5 will soon begin roll out to Roku TV models bringing more value and enjoyment to your streaming experience.

  • Live TV Pause for Roku TV models – Never miss a play with Live TV Pause. When an antenna is connected to your Roku TV, you can now easily pause and playback digital broadcast TV to make sure you never miss a minute of the action when you head to the kitchen for a snack run. Using this new feature, over-the-air TV can be paused for up to 90 minutes. Live TV Pause requires a USB storage device with 16GB or more of storage capacity to be connected to your Roku TV.

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  • Mobile private listening for Roku TV models – Roku OS 7.5 brings a popular feature that’s currently available on select Roku streaming players (3600X, 3700X, 3710X, 4620X, 4630X, 4640X) and all Roku TV models (once 7.5 roll out). When using the latest version of the Roku mobile app (V3.6.0), Roku TV owners can now enjoy private listening via their mobile device while streaming. With this new feature, you can listen as loud as you like on your Roku TV while not disturbing others in the house. Simply launch the Roku mobile app for iOS or Android while connected to the same wireless network as your Roku TV, connect a pair of headphones to your mobile device and enjoy.

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Click here to learn more about what’s included in Roku OS 7.5, including an update to the Play on Roku feature for the Roku mobile app that let’s your friends share their photos on the big screen and the addition of our screen mirroring feature to the Roku Premiere, Roku Premiere+ and Roku Ultra.

The roll out of Roku OS 7.5 is expected to be completed before the holidays.

* Note: Streaming channel developers, content partners, advertisers and anyone who would like information related to SDK updates and additional improvements within Roku OS 7.5 can find more info on the Roku Developer Blog or in our SDK documentation.

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Just in time for the busy holiday season, the first Hisense Roku TVs are now shipping in Canada. These Hisense Roku TV models are part of the H4 Hisense series and are available in 32, 40, 48 and 50-inch screen sizes. Hisense is the third brand to offer Roku TVs in Canada, in addition to Sharp and Insignia.

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Hisense Roku TVs offer an easy, convenient way to stream what you love. Watch just about anything whenever you want from free channels, paid subscriptions, or rent or buy — all on demand. Access 100,000+ movies and TV episodes including blockbuster films, primetime shows, sports, news, kids’ programming and music across 2,500+ free or paid channels like Netflix, Cineplex Store, YouTube, Spotify and many more. All Hisense Roku TVs have built-in Wi-Fi and come with a simple 20-button remote and offer crystal clear Full HD 1080p picture quality.

As with any Roku TV customers can use the Roku mobile app for iOS or Android to turn your smartphone or tablet into a convenient streaming companion:

  • Use your mobile device as a remote control
  • Fast and easy mobile search (try our voice search!)
  • Share photos and more to your Hisense Roku TV
  • Get updates on the entertainment you love

Hisense Roku TVs are available in Canada now starting at CDN$ 349. For more information, please visit the Hisense Canada website.

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As the weather gets chillier and the leaves turn from green to brown, is there anything better than a cozy night on the couch and your Roku player? This November, Netflix brings a strong lineup of TV shows and movies that will keep you happily streaming throughout the month. Highlights include the highly anticipated premieres of Netflix Originals The Crown and Gilmore Girls, as well as The Jungle Book and Best Picture nominee, Boyhood.

Read below to find out everything coming to Netflix in November, and continue on to see everything rotating off the service as well.

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We set out to refresh the Roku streaming player lineup with you in mind. We know every streamer is different – many of you stream every day, some stream occasionally, and the rest fall somewhere in between. With our latest launch, there’s a Roku player for everyone. Every budget. Every streaming style.

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Some channels require payment. Channels can change and vary by country.

All Roku streaming players (and Roku TV models!) give you access to 350,000+ movies and TV episodes across 3,500+ free or paid channels. They all offer innovative features like fast and easy search across top channels to find where movies and shows are available for free, or see unbiased results ranked by price. And the free Roku mobile app turns your iOS® or Android™ phone into a handy remote with voice search, private listening via headphones and more.

So, which Roku streaming player is right for me?

You are:

  • New to streaming

We recommend:

Roku Express ($29.99)

Get the Roku streaming player experience at an incredible price. Our new entry level Roku Express streaming player brings you 1080p HD streaming to stream all your favorites in high-definition. And because it’s from Roku, you’ll get great features like an easy-to-use remote, simple navigation, and see unbiased search results ranked by price across top channels. Set-up is effortless. To learn more watch our unboxing video.

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