Quick Look: The Stage Network bills itself as "the world's first streaming network for premium content from and about the live-theater world." In addition to Broadway performances, the channel offers documentaries, feature films, and TV & Web series.
All content on the Roku channel is marked as locked if you aren't a subscriber, but behind those locked selections you'll find free previews, and some of the videos are actually available during what Stage calls "our preview period." A couple of examples of currently-free content include "Broadway Idiot," a documentary about Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong that follows him from a punk rock concert to the opening of his musical "American Idiot," and "Hamlet," a 3-hour film version of the production at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre. Free previews can be found at www.watchstage.com/browse.
Following is a full list of content categories on the Roku channel:
- STAGE Originals
- Live Performance
- TV & Web Series
- Feature Films
- Stage to Screen Adaptations
- The Russian Ballet Collection
If you visit the channel, note that many of the listings are "coming soon," so the content available now is less than shown.
Fees are listed below. Note the vast difference in the free trial length depending on how you subscribe, but also be aware that the login screen was not working properly at the time of our review. Under "sign in to your account" was "
In addition to Roku, The Stage Network is available on iPhone, AppleTV, and Android devices.
-- Information is current as of September 6, 2018
Developer's Channel Description: STAGE is the world's first streaming network for premium content from and about the live-theater world. Whether you've gone full theater geek or you're just getting to know the magic of the stage, we've got streaming Broadway shows, live theater, original scripted and variety series, and much more.
CHANNEL STORE CATEGORY: Special Interest
DEVELOPER: Tower of Quarters, Inc.
$4.99/month or $49.99/year after 30-day free trial if you subscribe here.
$4.99/month with a 3-day trial or $49.99/year wit 7-day free trial if you subscribe through the Roku channel. However, signing in to existing accounts was not functioning in the Roku channel at the time of our review.