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Quick Look: Adult Swim, perhaps better known as [adult swim], is the nighttime programming on Cartoon Channel. As described by Wikipedia, shows on Adult Swim "may have sexual themes, frank sexual discussion, nudity, strong language, and graphic violence; in other words, programs that would be deemed inappropriate if aired during the day on Cartoon Network, when children would be watching." For those not familiar with the type of content available on Adult Swim, an example is provided at the end of this review.

On Roku, Adult Swim carries a wealth of unlocked content for cord cutters, requiring no authentication with a pay TV provider. This unlocked content is available primarily in three categories - Marathons, Live Streams, and Archives:

  • "Marathons" offers continuous programming of episodes from several different Adult Swim shows; pick a show and you'll be treated to a live stream of that show. There is no ability to pause, rewind or fast-forward. The marathons currently available are Aqua teen Hunger Force, Black Jesus, Dream Corp llc, The Eric Andre Show, Mr. Pickles, Rick and Morty, Robot Chicken, Sqidbillies, Toonami, The Venture Bros., Williams Stream, and Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell.
  • "Live Stream" runs from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm Eastern. Weekdays, you'll find shows like Lunch Money, Bloodfeast, Fishcenter, and Stupid Morning Bullshit. The weekday shows are rerun on weekends. A 5-day programming schedule is available within the Adult Swim channel using the link in the upper right corner of the channel's main menu.
  • "Archives" lets you pick individual episodes from a over a dozen programs. Video on demand is currently available for shows that include Bloodfeast, The Cry of Mann, Dear Jono, Game Humpers, and How to Draw.

There are also unlocked episodes under the Featured Episodes category. For example, five out of 18 American Dad episodes are unlocked. Those who subscribe to a participating pay TV provider can stream a much larger library of on-demand Adult Swim programs. Don't expect to find all seasons of all shows, however. As an example, American Dad offers only 10 episodes from Season 12 and nine episodes from Season 8.

A simulcast of the cable channel, which airs from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am Eastern, is also available to authenticated pay TV subscribers. To authenticate your pay TV subscription and activate the locked Adult Swim videos, go to the Settings selection on the Adult Swim Roku channel home screen and select "TV Provider Login." Then go to on a computer or mobile device, select your streaming device (Adult Swim is currently available only on Roku and Amazon Fire TV), and enter the code shown on the Roku channel. After entering a valid activation code, select your pay TV provider and enter your username and password for that service.

The Adult Swim Roku channel is a TV Everywhere channel and can only be activated for those who subscribe to a participating pay TV provider and have a level of service that includes Adult Swim. Participating providers currently include AT&T U-verse, Cox, DIRECTV, DISH, Optimum, Charter Spectrum, Suddenlink, Verizon Fios, and Comcast XFINITY, along with dozens of regional and municipal cable providers. Only one streaming TV service, Playstation Vue, currenlty allows activation.

If you don't see your pay TV provider listed on the Adult Swim website, or if you don't subscribe to pay TV, you will not be able to activate this channel. For more information on TV Everywhere channels, see our article TV Everywhere - Why these Roku channels require a cable TV subscription.

-- Information is current as of February 8, 2018

Developer's Channel Description: Adult Swim floods your TV with marathons of your favorite shows, a daily Live Stream of interactive programs, featured episodes spanning our entire history, plus our nightly on-air simulcast.

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