25 Best Free and Paid Roku Channels of 2021

25 channels every Roku user must have on their streaming devices.

In this article, we have picked the 25 best free and paid channels which can be downloaded from the Roku channel store. These channels are the best channels available in the market to stream your favourite and on-demand movies, TV shows, sports and many more.

Netflix

Netflix is one of the best and highly rated streaming services around the world. It is a subscription-based streaming service that provides you with a huge collection of the best movies and TV shows. By subscribing to Netflix you will never miss any best movie and TV show. The subscription plans are very affordable for every kind of audience. You can cancel the subscription at any time without any cancellation fee. Netflix is also best in terms of not showing any kind of annoying ads and popups. Netflix also features many documentaries, biopics, and Netflix Originals. There are three types of subscription plans:

  • Basic – $9 and it supports one device in SD resolution
  • Standard – $13 and it supports two devices at HD resolution
  • Premium – $16 and it supports four devices with HD + Ultra HD

HBO NOW

HBO NOW is one of the best Roku channels and the biggest competitor of Netflix. HBO is one of the most popular streaming channels in the world. You can watch your favorite movies on it. It has the best movies. So if you are a movie fan, then you can watch HBO. HBO NOW is only available in the US. New content is added on HBO NOW every week. You can watch movies, TV series, news, talk shows and many more on HBO NOW.

Subscription of HBO NOW starts from $14.99/month with a 30-day free trial.

The Roku Channel

The Roku Channel is a must have channel for Roku users. The Roku Channel is the best choice to stream movies, series, TV shows, live TV and other popular content. You can also stream movies from HBO, Cinemax, STARZ, Showtime and many more on the Roku Channel. The Roku Channel is one of the best channels on the Roku channel store. This app features thousands of video content.

This app is totally free but you have to pay for some content.

Apple TV

Apple TV is one of the best channels available on the Roku channel store. Apple TV provides movies, TV shows, series and much more content. Apple TV also produces its originals. Some of the best Apple TV Originals are Defending Jacob starring Chris Evans. The best thing about Apple TV is that you can watch older episodes even without a subscription. You can also buy or rent movies from a collection of more than 10,000 videos.

Subscription costs $4.99/month with a free 7-days trial.

CBS All Access

CBS All Access is one of the best and all-rounder apps available on the Roku channel store. CBS All Access also offers movies, TV shows, news, Live TV and sports etc. It can be accessed in two ways, either by subscribing to the app or by using your cable TV credentials. Like Netflix and Apple TV CBS All Access also produces its originals like The Twilight Zone, The Good Fight, Interrogation, One Dollar, and much more.

Subscription of CBS All Access starts from $4.99/month with a free trial of one week.

Spotify Music

Spotify Music is the best music streaming channel available on the Roku channel store.

On Spotify music, you can listen to music and podcasts of your own choice. You can also download music and podcasts for offline listening. Unlike HBO NOW, Spotify is available in more than 60 countries. You can easily browse your favorite music,  artist name, album, podcast etc organized beautifully. Spotify has a collection of millions of songs. Spotify has a fine user interface and can be controlled by a remote controller easily.

The subscription cost of Spotify for ad-free music is $9.99.

YouTube

YouTube is one the most popular and downloaded channels for you on the Roku channel store. YouTube is a video platform where you can find anything, any video. You can create your playlist, you can subscribe to your favourite channels. You can also download videos for offline streaming. You can share videos with your friends and you can also upload your content on YouTube by making your own YouTube channel.

YouTube is totally free to use but to enjoy ad-free streaming, you have to buy a premium subscription.

Disney Plus

Disney Plus is one of the best streaming services available on the Roku channel store. Like Apple TV, Disney + is also a new service owned by The Walt Disney Brothers. It was launched in November 2019. It features video content from Disney, Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel, and National Geographic etc. With one subscription, you can use it on 4 devices. It has hundreds of movies in 4K and UHD quality. It also produces its originals like The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, The Mandalorian and many more.

Subscription cost starts from $6.99/month.

 Best Free and Paid Roku Channels of 2021

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TWiT

TwiT is one of the best channels for tech lovers. TWiT stands for This Week in Tech. It provides you with all the latest happenings in the tech industry. Apart from this it also features many tech-related shows like All About Android, Coding 101, Home Theatre Geeks, The Social Hour, Windows Weekly, and much more. Using this app, you can get information on what’s happening on Android, iPhone, Windows, Microsoft, Google, Facebook and many more tech news.

TWiT is free to get.

Newsy

Newsy is one the best and most popular channels for news around the world. If you want to be updated on what’s happening around the world, newsy is the best choice for you. It provides you news in a shorter format which helps you understand the news quickly. It provides unbiased news. It also features some of the documentaries which give deep insight into the world’s important things. In the news archive section, you can find all the older news. If you want a news channel, newsy is the right choice available on the Roku channel store.

Newsy is free to stream.

Pluto TV

Pluto TV is one of the best streaming services on the Roku channel store. Pluto TV is one of the few channels that are free and legal. It has more than a thousand on-demand movies and TV shows. You can also stream more than 250 channels like GN, World Poker Tour, Ice Pilots, Minecraft, and Ghost Dimension. It also has content for kids as it has a collection of animations. Pluto TV is available in the US and Europe.

Pluto TV is free to download. No subscription is needed.

Philo

Philo is one of the most popular and affordable channels available on the Roku channel store. Philo provides you with movies, TV shows, and live TV. It features 59 live and on-demand TV channels. It also has a collection of 40,000+ TV shows. You can watch many US channels like AMC, Discovery Channel, MTV and many more. With a subscription, you can log in up to 10 different devices. You can log in to your account anywhere.

The subscription costs $20/month with a 7-day free trial.

America’s Test Kitchen

America’s Test Kitchen is one of the best cooking apps available on the Roku channel store. If you want to learn how to cook, this app is the best choice for you. It features 10,000+ recipes made by professionals and the best cooks. You can also add your favourite recipes to your collection to watch later. The recipes are categorized into different categories like vegetables, seafood, meat, Chinese etc.

The subscription cost of America’s Test Kitchen is $9.99 per month and $99.99 per year.

TED

TED is one of the best channels available on the Roku channel store for educational purposes. It features more than 3000 talks by speakers around the world. You can also enable subtitles. Subtitles are available in more than 100 languages. You can also download and bookmark your favourite talks to watch offline. TED also features a huge collection of talks related to tech and science. It also features podcasts. Some of the famous people of the world are on TED talks like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Bill Gates and many more.

TED is a free app. It has no subscription.

Tubi

Tubi TV is an American based ad-supported streaming website. It provides you with thousands of movies, TV shows and programs etc. Unlike other streaming services, you can enjoy streaming without a subscription. You do not need to pay to watch movies and TV shows on Tubi TV. There are more than 30 million viewers of Tubi TV and it is increasing rapidly over time.

Tubi is free to download on the Roku channel store.

Hulu

Hulu is one of the best and only American-based platforms. Hulu provides movies and TV shows in a separate pack, live TV and on-demand content in a separate pack allowing the users to choose their preference. It features shows from HBO, Cinemax, Startz etc. With Hulu, you can access more than 80,000 TV shows and 60+ live TV channels. With a subscription, you can create up to 6 different profiles. 

Hulu subscription starts from $5.99/month.

ESPN

ESPN is one of the best sports channels available on the Roku channel store. ESPN is on the biggest sports TV channels, owned by an American company ESPN Inc. ESPN features different kinds of sports including live broadcasting, highlights, and talk shows. To watch ESPN on your cable TV you have to pay the cable service provider. You can also stream ESPN on Roku after buying a subscription to the app.

The subscription cost of ESPN starts from $4.99 per month.

BBC iPlayer

BBC iPlayer is an online streaming website founded by BBC. It has more viewership than Netflix in the UK. In the United Kingdom, you can stream BBC programs and channels online. Using this service you can watch all the BBC programs once they are aired. The service is available on different platforms. You can download their app or you can also stream BBC iPlayer through their official website. If you don’t have a smart TV you can enjoy BBC iPlayer by connecting a Roku device to your TV as BBC iPlayer is available on the Roku channel store.

The subscription cost of BBC iPlayer is £147 per year.

DC Universe

If you are a die-hard fan of DC comics and movies, DC Universe is the best app for you to download from the Roku channel store. DC Universe also features its original series like Titans, Doom Patrol and many more. It features more than 22,000 comics in which you can get to know about superheroes like Superman, Batman, Aquaman and many more. You can also connect with other DC fans and discuss with them. You can also purchase justice league action figures and DC products.

The subscription costs $7.99 per month and $74.99 per year.

YouTube TV

YouTube TV is also one of the best streaming channels and is only available in the US. YouTube TV features more than 70 live TV channels from all categories like Sports, News, Movies and TV shows etc. YouTube TV is one of the few apps that offer unlimited storage. Recorded video can be kept for 9 months. With a single subscription, you can create up to 6 accounts, and 3 at a time live streamings. The availability of the channels on YouTube TV may be different for different localities.

YouTube subscription cost is $49.99/month.

Red Bull TV

Like ESPN, Red Bull TV is also a sport dedicated streaming app. You can stream different competitions, dance battles and concerts on Red Bull TV. Red Bull TV also features its original documentaries, movies and TV shows. You can watch match previews, post-match highlights and many sports events. You can also download content for offline viewing. Red Bull TV covers sports like mountain bike, motorbike, formula 1, esports etc. It also features 360 degree videos.

Red Bull TV is a free app.

Plex

If you want to organize your media files properly, Plex is the best app available for you. With Plex, you can access your media library anytime anywhere. You can upload your favourite media files on the Plex media server on supported devices and can view them on your Roku. Plex. In this way, you can better organize your media files. Plex also offers thousands of movies, documentaries, TV shows and many more. It features many oscar movies, Anime and many more. Plex provides you with 190 global channels like CBS, Euronews etc.

Plex is free to use. Although it also has a premium version that costs $4.99 per month.

Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime is one of the most popular streaming services like Netflix. People all around the world use Amazon Prime and watch their favourite TV shows and movies. Amazon Prime also releases its Originals. Amazon Prime features a huge collection of movies, programs, TV shows, and Originals. Amazon Prime is a subscription-based service. But it can save you a lot from costly cable TV.

The subscription cost for Amazon Prime Video is $8.99/month with a 30-day free trial.

Google Play Movies & TV

If you want to buy or rent a movie, Google Play Music & TV is the best choice for you. Google Play Music & TV provides you with the latest movies and TV shows. You can buy or rent the content available on Google Play Music & TV. If the movie you are trying to search is not available, you can add it to the wishlist. When that movie is added you will be notified. Like Netflix, Google Play Music & TV also has tons of movies and TV shows. But for now, TV shows are only available in these countries: the USA, UK, Japan, Australia, and Canada. TV shows are added regularly.

Google Play Movies & TV is free to download and stream.

Kidoodle TV

If you want entertainment for your kids, Kidoodle TV is the best choice. Kidoodle TV has all the kids-related shows like Talking Tom, Sunny Bunnies, Little Baby Bum, and many more. New shows are added every week. It is the most downloaded app in the Kids and Family category. You can add up to 5 profiles. It provides parental controls like a passcode, watch limits, bedtime curfews and many more.

Kidoodle TV is free.

These are the best and must-have apps on Roku. These apps are easily available on the Roku channel store. You can find more channels by exploring the Roku channel store. These were only the recommendations of our team. You can download more interesting channels. We hope you found this article helpful. Comment down your favourite channel in the comment box.

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