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.
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.
|Netflix 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)
Movies, shows, award-winning Prime Originals, premium channels, sports and more.
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)
|The Roku Channel
Hundreds of hit movies, TV shows, live news and sports (US), and more (Free; premium channels coming soon)
Watch up to 120+ live TV channels and 25,000+ on demand movies & shows (Subscription required)
100+ channels of news, sports, and the Internet’s best, plus over 1,000 entire movies and full TV episodes (Free)
Watch cable-free live TV on your big screen from 60+ networks. Get live sports, news, and shows. (Subscription required)
The hottest new releases and the largest HD library for movies and TV shows (Rent or purchase individual titles)
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)
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
Get full episodes of your favorite primetime, late night and daytime shows; stream your local CBS broadcast live in select locations (Subscription required)
Stream videos, music, and photos from your computer or the Internet to your television (Free; requires software installation on home computer)
Stream live TV, movies and sports without a cable or satellite subscription (Subscription required)
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.
Over 1,400 of your favorite HBO original series, movies and more, with your HBO subscription (HBO subscription through participating cable/satellite provider required)
Full-length episodes of national and local PBS programs (Free)
A large selection of movies, television shows and animated features (Free)