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The Best Roku Channels - Most Watched Channels in All Categories (Jan 2019)

January 4, 2019 - 18:26 -- RokuGuide
Best Roku Channels - Most Watched New Roku owners can be overwhelmed when browsing the Roku Channel store with thousands of channels. Many ask "what are the best Roku channels?" so they can start with those. Although selecting the "best" is a subjective endeavor, a good place to start with the most-watched Roku channels. The channels listed below are 20 of those that have consistently been at or near the top of Roku's list of the 75 Most Watched channels.

Netflix
Netflix Unlimited streaming movies and TV shows (Subscription required)
YouTube
YouTube
Watch YouTube videos on your Roku, with in-channel access to your subscriptions and playlists (Free; account holders can link)
Prime Video
Prime Video
Movies, shows, award-winning Prime Originals, premium channels, sports and more.
Hulu
Hulu
Hit TV shows and award-winning movies in HD (Subscription required)
Sling TV
Sling TV
Watch your favorite cable channels without a cable subscription. ESPN, AMC, Food Network, A&E, HISTORY, TNT, HGTV, Disney Channel, CNN, and much more.
Pandora
Pandora
Listen to your Pandora stations or create new ones based on a song or artist (Free; account holders can link)
The Roku Channel
The Roku Channel
Hundreds of hit movies, TV shows, live news and sports (US), and more (Free; premium channels coming soon)
DIRECTV NOW
DIRECTV NOW
Watch up to 120+ live TV channels and 25,000+ on demand movies & shows (Subscription required)
Pluto TV
Pluto TV
100+ channels of news, sports, and the Internet’s best, plus over 1,000 entire movies and full TV episodes (Free)
YouTube TV
YouTube TV
Watch cable-free live TV on your big screen from 60+ networks. Get live sports, news, and shows. (Subscription required)
VUDU
VUDU
The hottest new releases and the largest HD library for movies and TV shows (Rent or purchase individual titles)
ESPN
ESPN
Live sports and shows as well as on-demand news, highlights and analysis (subscription to ESPN+ and participating pay TV provider required for full access)
DisneyNOW
DisneyNOW
Your favorite Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD TV shows, DCOMs and live TV, all in one place (cable or satellite TV subscription required for full access)
CBS All Access
CBS All Access
Get full episodes of your favorite primetime, late night and daytime shows; stream your local CBS broadcast live in select locations (Subscription required)
Plex
Plex
Stream videos, music, and photos from your computer or the Internet to your television (Free; requires software installation on home computer)
PlayStation Vue
PlayStation Vue
Stream live TV, movies and sports without a cable or satellite subscription (Subscription required)
CBS News
CBS News
Features CBSN, the 24/7 digital streaming news network from CBS News, as well as on demand video from CBS's awarding winning news programs.
HBO GO
HBO GO
Over 1,400 of your favorite HBO original series, movies and more, with your HBO subscription (HBO subscription through participating cable/satellite provider required)
PBS
PBS
Full-length episodes of national and local PBS programs (Free)
Tubi
Tubi
A large selection of movies, television shows and animated features (Free)
This article is updated from time to time as Roku's list of most watched channels changes. Therefore, you may see older comments below that don't pertain to the current list.