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Free Roku channels 2022: Here are the best free streaming TV channels

Published Feb 16th, 2022 1:28PM EST
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There are now so many streaming services on the market that it’s difficult to keep up with them all, much less afford them all. In fact, it can all be so overwhelming that some viewers choose to ignore the paid services and watch content for free instead. As long as you own a device to stream on, you can watch hours of content without spending a dime.

Roku leaned heavily into free content recently, highlighting its free TV channels and even launching free shows of its own. But which of those free channels are actually worth watching?

Best free Roku channels in 2022

Whether you just got a Roku over the holidays or you have owned one for years, chances are that you have only seen a fraction of the free channels available. Rather than make you scroll through them all, we’re going to provide a list of the best that Roku has to offer:

The Roku Channel

The Roku Channel adds new channels frequently.
The Roku Channel adds new channels frequently. Image source: Roku

As the name suggests, this is Roku’s channel for content. After Quibi went out of business, Roku acquired the rights to many of its shows and made them Roku Originals. Beyond all of the free TV shows and movies, The Roku Channel also features a number of live TV channels, including NBC News Now, Fubo Sports Network, Game Show Central, and more. Roku also recently added 25 new free channels to its Live TV Guide.

Pluto TV

Pluto TV channel for Roku.
Pluto TV channel for Roku. Image source: Pluto TV

Pluto TV is one of the original free ad-supported TV (FAST) services. It’s also one of the best, with over 100 live TV channels and more than 1,000 movies streaming for free. Pluto TV has 24/7 live channels dedicated to FBI Files, Ice Pilots, Degrassi, Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen, Ghost Dimension, Fear Factor and more.


XUMO channel on Roku.
XUMO channel on Roku. Image source: XUMO

If you can’t find what you’re looking for on Pluto TV, give XUMO a try. This free streaming service has over 190 channels, including live 24/7 news from CBSN, comedy from FailArmy, Just For Laughs, and America’s Funniest Home Videos, and sports highlights from FOX Sports, PGA TOUR and USA TODAY SportsWire.


NewsON channel on Roku.
NewsON channel on Roku. Image source: NewsON

Not satisfied with your own local news station? Well, NewsON has over 200 local news stations across the United States, so no matter what city you want to keep up with, this free channel should have you covered.


Plex channel on Roku.
Plex channel on Roku. Image source: Plex

Last, but certainly not least, is Plex, which claims to feature more than 200 live channels and a staggering 50,000+ on-demand titles from around the world. Plus, Plex lets you stream your own media, including music, movies, and DVR’d shows.

Make sure you also read about the new 25 free channels coming to Roku here.

If you want to know more about Roku, be sure to check out our guide. You can also watch many of these free channels on other devices if you don’t have a Roku.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.