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:

  • 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

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CBS News State of the Union address

Tonight at 9 p.m. ET, President Obama will deliver his final State of the Union address from the White House – and we’ve got you covered, streamers! Watch Obama’s address for free on select Roku streaming channels in the U.S.:

  • CBS News (free)
  • CNNgo (sign in with your Pay TV provider for the live stream)
  • Sky News: (free)
  • Sling TV: (watch CNN live with a Sling TV subscription, free 7-day trial)

Happy streaming!

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The Golden Globes are this Sunday! I don’t about you, but I have a lot to catch up on this weekend. I’ll be impressed if you can watch all 50+ nominated movies and TV shows, but I challenge you to get through the top ten below. Ready, set, stream!

I’ll be rooting for my personal favorite TV show, Empire, to win. What about you?

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The Martian (Movie, 2015) – Left behind by his crew, a stranded astronaut must find a way to survive on Mars, while NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring him home. Available to watch on Amazon VideoGoogle PlayM-GO and VUDU.

Mad Max: Fury Road (Movie, 2015) – Fortified in a massive, armored truck, loner Mad Max joins Imperator Furiosa and her band of rebels as they try to outrun a warlord and his henchmen in a deadly high-speed chase through the Wasteland. Available to watch on Amazon Video, CinemaNow, Google Play, M-GO and VUDU.

Trainwreck (Movie, 2015) – A promiscuous magazine write considers monogamy for the first time when she starts to fall in love with the charming sports doctor she’s profiling. Available to watch on Amazon Video, Google Play, M-GO and VUDU.

Spy (Movie, 2015) – When her partner falls off the grid and another top agent is compromised, a desk-bound CIA analyst volunteers to go deep undercover as the world’s newest and unlikeliest secret weapon. Available to watch on Amazon Video, CinemaNow, Google Play, M-GO and VUDU.

Mr. Robot (TV Show, 2015) – Follows a young computer programmer who suffers from social anxiety disorder and forms connections through hacking. He’s recruited by a mysterious anarchist, who calls himself Mr. Robot. Available to watch on Amazon Video, Google Play, M-GO, USA NOW and VUDU.

Narcos (TV Show, 2015) – A chronicled look at the criminal exploits of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. Available to watch on Netflix.

Transparent (TV Show, 2014-2015) – The past and future unravel when a dramatic admission causes a family’s secrets to spill out. Available to watch on Amazon Video, Google Play and VUDU.

Master of None (TV Show, 2015) – Personal and professional life of a 30-year-old actor in New York who has trouble making decisions. Available to watch on Netflix.

Fargo (TV Show, 2014-2015) – Adapted from the movie of the same title, a new case and characters are followed. Available to watch on Amazon Video, CinemaNow, FXNOW, Google Play, Hulu, M-GO and VUDU.

Downton Abbey (TV Show, 2010-2015) – The life of the Crawley family and their servants. Available to watch on Amazon Video and VUDU.

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Happy New Year, streamers!

Can you believe it’s 2016 already? Time flies when you have over 3,000 streaming channels at your disposal. With the steady flow of new channels launching on the Roku platform, it’s easy to miss what’s new. Here are some of the top free, TV Everywhere and subscription channels added last month in the U.S. – check them out and click to add them to your player now!

Did we miss any of your favorite new streaming channels? Let us know in the comments.

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New Free Channels

Lynda.com: offers thousands of expert-taught video courses in software, creative, and business skills.

Kelley Blue Book TV: Discover your next ride through a wide selection of cool new car videos, exciting special features, expert reviews, Auto Show news and more.

The Kiboomers: Learning is so much fun with The Kiboomers! Introduce your child to basic concepts like the ABC’s, Colors, 123’s and more with fun and engaging music videos.

MostPopularRhymes by HappyKids: A collection of nursery rhymes for your kids, beautifully sung and entertainingly illustrated.

 

New Channels for Cable Subscribers (TV Everywhere)

CNNgo: Stay informed with the best of CNN. Watch HD news and full-length CNN Original Series on your TV with the convenience and control of your Roku remote.

USA NOW: USA NOW is your destination for full episodes of your favorite USA shows, including new episodes available the day after they air on television and back episodes of some shows.

Watch Food Network: Watch Food Network anytime with access to live TV and full episodes of your favorite shows such as Chopped, Cutthroat Kitchen, Guy’s Grocery Games, Beat Bobby Flay and more.

Watch HGTV: Watch HGTV anytime with access to live TV and full episodes of your favorite shows such as Property Brothers, Fixer Upper, Flip or Flop, House Hunters and more.

Watch Travel Channel: Travel the world and explore unique places, people and cultures with Watch Travel Channel. Live stream or catch up on full episodes of shows including Expedition Unknown, Bizarre Foods and Booze Traveler.

 

New Subscription Channels

Lifetime Movie Club: Get access to a great selection of brand new and classic Lifetime movies, including a new movie every day. Price: $3.99/month after a free 7-day trial.

NGSN: NGSN provides easy access to live and on demand soccer in full High Definition. Experience all the best moments of soccer all around the globe.Price: $8.99/month after a free one month trial.

Tribeca Shortlist: Enjoy great full-length films, featuring a high-quality collection of hand-picked titles recommended by industry experts, including popular actors, directors, insiders and influencers who know and love movies. Price: $4.99/month after a free 14-day trial.

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It’s that time of year again when hundreds of thousands of people descend upon Las Vegas to see the latest and greatest in technology at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). It was at CES just two years ago where we unveiled Roku TV, a smart TV platform we license to TV OEMs with the goal of providing our TV partners with a cost-effective solution to build the best smart TVs in the industry using the Roku OS. Our news at this year’s CES is just as exciting as we’ve announced the first 4K UHD Roku TV models, a new Roku TV HDR reference design, and the first Roku TVs for consumers in Mexico.

If you need a bit of a refresher, Roku TVs combine the simple, personalized home screen, 3,000+ streaming channels and powerful search and discovery features of the Roku OS with our TV OEM partners’ sleek hardware designs and affordable prices. We are very pleased with the success of Roku TV since we first unveiled the program – the reception from consumers and press has been tremendous! In fact, 2015 was the first full year of Roku TV shipments and we grew from roughly zero smart TV market share to approximately 8%* in the U.S.; and as we closed out 2015, there were more than one million Roku TVs in the homes of consumers.

4K UHD TCL Roku TV Angle

4K UHD

Beginning this spring, consumers will be able to purchase the first 4K UHD Roku TVs that combine the full Roku TV experience with the beautiful picture and detail of 4K UHD resolution. Much like the recently launched Roku 4 streaming player, 4K UHD Roku TV models will help consumers easily find entertainment with access to one of the largest lineups of 4K UHD streaming channels available on a smart TV and unique features such as the 4K Spotlight Channel. TCL, the fastest growing TV brand in America, is the first Roku TV partner to announce a 4K UHD Roku TV, with multiple models expected to hit store shelves later this quarter. 4K UHD TVs from additional Roku TV partners are expected to be available this year.

HDR reference design

We are releasing the Roku TV HDR reference design for TV partners to incorporate HDR technology into future 4K UHD Roku TV models. We are working closely with Dolby® to implement support for Dolby Vision™ HDR into the reference design, which also includes support for the HDR 10 standard. TCL will be an initial TV partner to integrate the Roku TV HDR reference design.

More Roku TV models, plus more regions

In 2015, nearly 40 Roku TV models were available from five TV OEM partners including Haier, Hisense, Insignia, Sharp and TCL with models ranging in size from 28” to 65”. Entering 2016, Roku TV is well positioned for growth as our Roku TV OEM partners expect to introduce 60 new Roku TV models. Roku TV availability is also expanding into more countries with Roku TVs expected to hit store shelves in Mexico in the first half of 2016. This international expansion follows the successful spring 2015 launch of Roku TV in Canada with models available from both Insignia and Sharp.

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2015 was an incredible year for Roku TV. The success of the program and its continued momentum are bringing us closer to our ultimate goal of the Roku OS powering every TV! We’re excited to kick-off 2016 with some great CES announcements and can’t wait to see what’s in store for Roku TV this year.

Happy Streaming!

*Based on smart TV retail sell-in data from IHS and Roku data

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2016 Resolutions

The holidays have officially come to an end but a few things may still be lingering – exhaustion, a belly full of too many goodies, a credit card bill (or two). Now that the chaos has settled down, perhaps you have a desire to get up and change things in the New Year. Your Roku player may have helped you become the holiday host with the most but it can also be the perfect companion to help you accomplish your New Year’s resolutions.

BE HEALTHIER

The Roku platform features a number of health and fitness channels, making your living room your personal gym with a trainer to boot! Check out the following channels and make your fitness goals achievable at just the push of a button.

FEEL INSPIRED

Are you in need of something to rejuvenate your being? Or do you want something to motivate you or cater to your sense of adventure? Find your Zen or adrenaline zone and jumpstart your soul in the New Year with these channels.

 LAUGH HARDER

A good chuckle is good for the soul so get those New Year snickers and snorts going ASAP. New seasons of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and New Girl are sure to get you grinning. With more than 300,000 television shows and movies available on the platform, there’s endless fun to be had so check out these channels for chuckles.

GET SMARTER

Want to level up on your skills and take your career to new heights? Or perhaps you want to learn more about the universe around you? Whatever your desire for knowledge may be Roku has something to feed the brain. Add these channels to your Roku player and get your brain in gear for the New Year.

With so many awesome free trials and offers, your Roku player is sure to offer you great entertainment and more in the New Year. How are you planning to use your Roku device in 2016?  Happy Streaming!

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Howdy!

As we get ready to enter 2016, I want to take the time to thank our customers, partners and employees for a remarkable year here at Roku.

We continue to reach new milestones across the Roku platform. We streamed 5.5 billion hours in 2015, a 73% increase over 2014. We now have more than 9 million monthly active Roku accounts. That’s a lot of streamers!

The Roku OS, our operating system purpose-built for the TV, is powering more TVs than ever before as we end 2015 with a presence in 10 countries – US, Canada, UK, Republic of Ireland, Germany, Italy, France, Mexico, Austria and Australia.Sharp_Roku TV_home-screen

  • On the Roku TV licensing front our TV partners launched nearly 40 Roku TV models in the U. S. bringing Roku TV’s smart TV market share to approximately 8%1. That’s just in 2015, up from 0% in early 2014 when we announced the program. We also welcomed the first Roku TV models in Canada from the Insignia and Sharp brands.
  • We launched the new, faster Roku 2, the Roku 3 with a voice search remote and the new Roku 4 which streams 4K UHD at up to 60 fps as well as HD.
  • CNET gave our new Roku 2 5/5 stars and their Editors’ Choice Award.
  • Consumer Reports chose the Roku 4 as their “top choice for a 4K-enabled streaming player.”

Roku 4 Remote

  • Our Roku Powered™ licensing program for operators now includes Sky in Italy, Germany and Austria, as well as Telstra in Australia. These innovative companies are delivering pay TV packages to their customers through Roku players using the Roku platform.
  • On the advertising front we continue to build out the Roku Ad Framework and enhance the tools we offer publishers and advertisers such as our measurement partnership with Nielsen.
  • We are committed to offering consumers the best streaming OS available while enabling our TV OEM, service operators, content and advertising partners to be successful in building their streaming businesses.
  • Because we focus solely on the best streaming experience, and don’t make or license our own content, we often offer content others don’t. That’s why you’ll find Google Play, Walmart’s VUDU and Amazon Video/Prime Video all in the Roku Channel Store in the U.S.
  • We now have over 3,000+ streaming channels in the U.S. including access to more than 300,000 movies and TV episodes.
  • Our unbiased and comprehensive universal search provides an industry-leading tool to help customers find content among all this choice.
  • Our mobile companion app makes using a cell phone to access key features easy – like Roku Search, Roku Feed, Remote Control, Play on Roku and more. We also support wireless display and DIAL – allowing consumers to cast content from their phone to the TV.
  • According to a new survey2 conducted for Roku by the NPD Group in November 2015, consumers with Roku devices stream more hours every week than those with competitor devices (Apple TV, Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV and Amazon Fire Stick) or any brand of smart TV. Thank you for streaming your hearts out this year!

I can’t wait to share what we have planned for 2016. Hint: we’ll have some news at CES in just a few days.

Stream on!

1 Based on smart TV retail sell-in data from IHS and Roku data

2 November 2015 proprietary consumer study conducted for Roku Inc. by The NPD Group, Inc.

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Were you delighted with the gift of streaming entertainment this holiday season? Lucky you! With more than 3,000 streaming entertainment channels on the Roku platform, we know it’s hard to choose what to stream first. But that’s where our free trials can help. They give you the opportunity to give a channel a test run so you can decide if you want to subscribe. Plus, you can cancel a trial at any time.

Today with the purchase of a new Roku player or Roku TV, customers can get up to $100 in free* entertainment. So what are you waiting for? You deserve an entertainment break after all the holiday and family madness (I know I do!). Start your HBO NOW trial today, and spend the rest of the holiday weekend with Jon Snow, Tony Soprano and Selina Meyer.

Roku Streaming Stick

  • Hulu | 3 months free of the Hulu Limited Commercials plan. Value: $23.97
  • SHOWTIME | 30-day free trial. Value: $10.99
  • HBO NOW℠ | 30-day free trial. Value: $14.99
  • Netflix | One month free trial. Value: $7.99
  • Amazon Video | 30 days free. Value: $8.25
  • Daily Burn | 30 days free. Value: $12.95
  • Sling TV | 14 days free. Value $10
  • Qello Concerts| 30 days free. Value: $7.99

Not a free trial, but a great offer:

Seasons Streamings!

*Credit card may be required. Cancel before free trial ends to avoid subscription fees. Eligibility restrictions may apply. Unless otherwise explicitly stated, offers are provided by third parties, and are not provided by Roku. Offers may be subject to additional terms and conditions. Roku is not responsible for the availability or the provision of any third-party offer or for conducting any third-party offer program. For questions about a specific offer, please contact the offering entity.

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Merry Christmas, streamers!

The big day is just days away, and we’ve had Christmas movies streaming around the clock here at Roku HQ. From Kevin McCallister to Clark Griswold, these memorable characters inspired us to put together a list of our favorite quotes from classic Christmas flicks.

Don’t be a scrooge, drop one of these at your next Christmas party. What’s your favorite Christmas movie quote? Drop us a comment and let us know.

Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal.

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

Available on: HBO NOWAmazon VideoGoogle Play, M-GOCinemaNowVUDU

I want an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle!

A Christmas Story (1983)

Available on: Amazon Video, Google Play, M-GO, CinemaNow, VUDU

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Hello streamers! In the Roku Channel Store you can find 100+ music streaming channels and we just added another popular streaming service: Deezer. On your Roku streaming player or Roku TV you can now access all the music that Deezer has to offer, including your favorite tracks, albums, playlists and your personalized Deezer Flow.

Deezer - Overview

With more than 35 million tracks there really is something for everyone. Whether you are a fan of classical Mozart or would rather listen to the latest Coldplay or Mumford & Sons album, Deezer has it all. Just add the Deezer channel on your Roku player or Roku TV (in Canada) and a world of unlimited music streaming is at your fingertips.

Deezer - Playing Mumford & Sons

Want to give it a try? Deezer offers a 30-day trial, after that the service will cost you EUR 9,99 / CDN 9,99 / GBP 9,99 / MXN 99 per month. You can sign up here or simply log in with your existing Deezer account! You can find the Deezer channel in the Music category in the Roku Channel Store.

Happy Music Streaming!

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