New owners of the Roku streaming TV & media player can be overwhelmed when browsing the full list of thousands of channels. Many ask "what are the best Roku channels?" so they can start with those.
Selecting the "best" is a subjective endeavor. Although we at RokuGuide.com are attempting to identify our top picks for specific categories of content through our Best of Roku series, we wanted to identify the overall top channels in terms of most-watched. The channels listed below are those that have consistently been in Roku's Top 25 Most Watched list over the last year.
Unlimited streaming movies and TV shows (Subscription required)
Watch YouTube videos on your Roku, with in-channel access to your subscriptions and playlists (Free; account holders can link)
|Amazon Instant Video
Rent or purchase over 150,000 movies & TV episodes; Amazon Prime members get unlimited access to more than 30,000 videos
Hit TV shows and award-winning movies in HD (Subscription required)
Watch your favorite cable channels without a cable subscription. ESPN, AMC, Food Network, A&E, HISTORY, TNT, HGTV, Disney Channel, CNN, and much more.
Listen to your Pandora stations or create new ones based on a song or artist (Free; account holders can link)
Over 1,400 of your favorite HBO original series, movies and more, with your HBO subscription (HBO subscription through participating cable/satellite provider required)
Stream videos, music, and photos from your computer or the Internet to your television (Free; requires software installation on home computer)
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.
Free Movies on Demand: Uncut and Unedited (Ad-supported)
The hottest new releases and the largest HD library for movies and TV shows (Rent or purchase individual titles)
Videos from your favorite PBS KIDS television series (Free)
Full-length episodes of national and local PBS programs (Free)
Your preschooler's favorite episodes and shorts. Select episodes now available without a sign-in.
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.