How to use roku feed to keep up with new episodes of your shows

How to use roku feed to keep up with new episodes of your shows

As I’ve written before, one of the biggest stumbling blocks for streaming video is that it’s too hard to keep track of TV shows across different services. If a cable-box DVR can organize shows regardless of channel, cord cutters shouldn’t have to individually check Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO Now, and other apps for new episodes of specific shows.

Since last year, Roku has been working on a solution that runs on its streaming set-top boxes, sticks, and smart TVs. Dubbed Roku Feed—or “My Feed,” as it appears in the main menu—this feature lets you follow your favorite TV shows and get notified when a streaming service adds new episodes. It also lets you track movies, actors, and directors, and it can tell you when prices drop for purchases and rentals.

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Roku Feed didn’t generate much fanfare when it launched in 2015, and I’ve previously been critical of the feature for not being useful enough. But since then, Roku has made it easier to browse for TV shows and movies, and it’s brought lots of new streaming services on board. If you own a Roku device and haven’t bothered with Roku Feed lately, it’s worth another look.

How Roku Feed works

Roku Feed resides just underneath the main Home screen, under the heading “My Feed.” Scroll down to it, and you should see three categories of videos to browse:

  • “Movies” provides a list of films that are already available for purchase, rental, or subscription streaming.
  • “TV Shows” provides a list of popular programs.
  • “Movies Coming Soon” shows films that are still in theaters, or that haven’t arrived on streaming services yet.

To add videos in Roku Feed, just click on a movie or TV show from one of these menus, then select “Follow on Roku.” An entry for this item will then appear in My Feed, and you’ll get notified of any new episodes (for TV shows), along with price drops or arrivals on new streaming services.

How to use roku feed to keep up with new episodes of your shows

You can also use Roku’s search function to add specific TV shows and movies to the feed. This works for actors and directors as well, so you can keep track of their latest work.

Which streaming services does Roku Feed support?

Roku once told me that if an app supported universal search, it would also support Roku Feed. Unfortunately, Netflix continues to withhold data from Roku Feed. That’s presumably because it doesn’t want you spending too much time outside their own apps. (Roku’s comment: “We continue to encourage partners to participate in Search and Roku Feed and are adding to the breadth available there all the time.”)

How to use roku feed to keep up with new episodes of your shows

To make things a bit more confusing, Roku Feed only delivers updates from apps you’ve already installed. I understand the logic—you don’t want notifications from services you’re not paying for—but there should be some way for users to find out if there’s a crucial app they’re missing.

That said, I count at least 40 services that support Roku Feed currently, which is around double the number from last fall. (At the bottom of this story, you’ll find a chart with sources that support Roku Feed and search, but keep in mind it’s a partial list.)

Note: An earlier version of this story stated that other services were not supporting Roku Feed as well. It turns out this was due to a glitch in the way Roku tells users which apps are supported. Netflix is the only service whose content appears in search, but not in Roku Feed. The chart below has been updated accordingly.

How to use roku feed to keep up with new episodes of your shows

Roku is a fantastic, easy to use streaming platform. All Roku devices offer extensive customization options. You can add and remove channels, change themes, and even rename your devices.

However, there are many lesser known ways to customize a Roku device. For example, you can edit your feed. How? We’ll explain in this article.

What Is Roku Feed

You probably like a lot of different movie genres and watch various TV shows, and some of them are running on the same network. But, most likely, the ones you like the most are scattered across channels and networks. And, the odds are, you can’t keep up with all the new episodes and sequels.

Roku’s solution to that problem is “My Feed.” This is a section of your Home screen that notifies you when new episodes of the shows you are following become available. This applies to all the channels you have installed. You can also use this feature to get notifications when a movie you’re eagerly expecting becomes available for streaming.

The “My Feed” option on Roku might be something a lot of users neglect because it doesn’t seem relevant. But, actually, for those who like to keep up with their programs of choice, this is a very useful tool. Now, you’re probably asking yourself how to edit your feed and how does it work.

How Does It Work

You know that superhero movie you’re interested in, the one that is still playing in theaters? Well, “My Feed” on Roku can let you know when it becomes available for streaming. And, remember how the mid-season break of your favorite show is ending soon, but you don’t know exactly when? No worries, you will get notified about the new episode as soon as it’s ready. All you have to do is set up your feed follow your favorite movies and TV shows for you. This is what you need to do:

  1. Take your Roku remote and press the Home button.
    How to use roku feed to keep up with new episodes of your shows
  2. Scroll down and select “Search”.
  3. Type in the title you’re looking for.
  4. When you see what you’re looking for, select the title.
  5. Now, select the “Follow this on Roku” option – click the OK button on your remote.
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After that, you’ll see a message on the screen to confirm that you’ll be getting updates about that particular movie or TV show. You can also follow actors and directors via you Roku feed. Just type in their names in the search box and repeat the same procedure.

Do not be concerned if after you’ve added a title or an actor to your feed, you don’t see them listed. It doesn’t mean anything is wrong, just that there are no available updates for that particular title or name. When you get a new update, a number will appear next to “My Feed” on the Home screen.

Unfollowing

Maybe you’ve realized a particular movie franchise is not what you’re expecting, and you’re not very excited about the next sequel. Or, they’ve killed off your favorite character in the TV show and now you’re just done. And, just maybe you did end up going to the movies, after all, so you don’t need to stream the upcoming movie. Whatever it may be, you can just unfollow an item from “My feed” and forget about it.

You can type in the title or the name in the search box and when it appears on the screen you will also see the “Unfollow this” option appear next to it. Go ahead and select that. Or, you can just go to “My Feed” on your Roku, scroll through the items you follow and find the one you no longer want on the list. Open the details screen and choose “Unfollow this.” You’ll no longer receive updates on that item.

How to use roku feed to keep up with new episodes of your shows

Sometimes, it happens that you run into an issue with unfollowing an item. It’s rare, but sometimes you continue to receive updates, and you can’t find the “Unfollow this” option on the screen. In those cases, the best course of action is to restart your Roku device.

Embrace My Feed

You might think there is no way that you’ll forget about shows you like or let that anticipated movie slip by. But, it happens, though it doesn’t need to. Some may find this feature redundant, but it can be immensely helpful. If you want to stay on top of celebrity news, and fresh releases, embrace it and you won’t regret it.

Let us know what you think about My Feed on Roku in the comments section below.

How to use roku feed to keep up with new episodes of your shows

Fresh on the heels of introducing new TV models at CES, and touting its 13 percent share of the smart TV market, Roku today is rolling out a revamped mobile application aimed at making it easier to access its most popular features, including search and the remote control, while also introducing a new way to find things to watch.

The company has long offered a handy companion app that works with its streaming media player devices and smart TVs – devices that are used by 13 million people on a monthly basis. The earlier version of the app offered a simple interface with vertically aligned buttons for remote, search, “My Feed” (a personalized section of things you want to watch), the Channel Store, and “Play on Roku” (a casting option).

Today, Roku says it’s moving the navigation to the bottom of the app. That’s a more traditional design than the big buttons it used before. However, the buttons themselves have changed. Now, from left to right, you can access Channels, a new section called “What’s On,” the Remote, a “Photos+” section, and the app’s settings.

How to use roku feed to keep up with new episodes of your shows

When you first launch the app, you’ll be presented with a list of the channels you have installed. You can then tap the channel you want, after which the remote will immediately appear, so you can continue to navigate to the show or movie you want to watch. The Channel Store is still available too, in a separate tab.

How to use roku feed to keep up with new episodes of your shows

“What’s On” is a new section, and it essentially replaces the prior “My Feed” button.

My Feed was Roku’s first attempt at personalizing its experience for end users, by offering a way to track your favorite shows and movies. When there were new episodes available, you’d be alerted through a notification in the feed. You could also track upcoming movies, so you’d know when they were available to stream.

The goal was to make it easier to keep up with content across services in the fragmented streaming landscape by centralizing these updates.

How to use roku feed to keep up with new episodes of your shows

With “What’s On,” Roku instead turns its attention to more generalized suggestions with a curated list of the best entertainment available to rent, buy or stream for free. Here you’ll find other content grouping by theme, too – like Superhero movies or top kids’ shows, deals, and free episodes, for example. “My Feed” is still available in this section, but much further down – nearly at the bottom.

While “My Feed” was useful if you took the work to customize it and keep it updated with the shows you were currently watching, in today’s binge-watch era where we power through entire shows, seasons and movies, the feed’s content would quickly become dated. You’d have to constantly tweak the feed to keep it tuned into what shows you’re watching now.

“What’s On,” then, makes sense, as it focuses on more generally interesting things to watch, and could serve as a starting point to see what’s new in streaming.

Meanwhile, Roku has also updated the mobile remote to better resemble its real-world counterpart in terms of the button layout. It’s now easier to use with one hand, with buttons and the directional pad being moved closer together. There’s a new channels icon at the top, too, which lets you quickly jump from one channel to another without switching screens.

Finally, Photos+ lets you quickly share music, photos, or videos from your library to Roku, or create your own customized Roku screensaver with your own content.

The updated app (Roku ver. 4.0) is arriving today on both the iOS App Store and Google Play.

How to use roku feed to keep up with new episodes of your shows

The Complete Guide to Roku Parental Controls

Great news for families! Roku has added a Kids and Family section on the Roku Channel and has added parental controls to it. This is a big deal on a streaming TV platform that has been void of solid parental controls since inception.

The content in the Kids and Family section is an aggregate of child-friendly content from other channels on Roku. Everything is chosen by an in-house editorial team. This section will be “lighter” on ads and will only show ads that are “kid-appropriate, and are vetted and served internally by Roku.”

It will be really important for families to enable these parental controls since Roku is also home to a lot of explicit content.

In addition to the new Kids and Family parental controls, parents can set a 4-digit pin that limits the addition of new channels to the Roku account (explained below).

A few important definitions:

  • Roku Private or Hidden Channels – there are thousands of channels that can be browsed and added at the viewers discretion. These are referred to collectively as private or hidden channels. Companies can develop and distribute their own content through this channel listing.
  • 4-Digit Pin – this is set in order to limit what channels are added to the Roku account. This pin does NOT prevent X-rated channels already loaded from being watched nor does it prevent browsing X-rated channel titles.

How to Set your Roku Pin

Setting the 4-digit pin is important for preventing young people from adding and watching pornographic content.

  1. Log in to your Roku account through a web browser on a computer or mobile device.
  2. Select Update underneath PIN Preference and then select the option to always require a PIN to make purchases and to add items from the Channel Store.
  3. Enter a 4-digit number to create the PIN, select Verify PIN to confirm, and then select Save Changes.

How to Remove Roku Channels Using the Pin

Once the PIN has been established, channels can be removed. Items like the Movie Store, TV Store, and News – can also be hidden from the main screen.

  1. Using the Roku remote, select My Channels from the Roku home screen.
  2. Navigate to the channel you want to have removed and then click the Options button (the * key) on the remote.
  3. Select Remove Channel and then click OK. Do this once more when prompted to confirm removal of the channel.
  4. Repeat the above steps for any other channels you want to have removed. Channels can also be removed via the Roku app for Android/iOS.
  5. To hide items (Movie/TV Store and News), access the Roku device’s Settings Menu and selectHome Screen. From there, selectHide for the Movie/TV Store and/or News Feed. You can always choose to Show them again.

BUT, the issue for parents is that although the 4-digit pin prevents inappropriate channels from being added and watched, it doesn’t prevent someone from browsing the channels. Here is just a sample of the private channel titles (and related descriptions) that anyone can browse.

TRIGGER WARNING – these titles are suggestive.

How to use roku feed to keep up with new episodes of your shows

These are quite tame compared to what else is available. The difficulty with the lack of parental controls is that I don’t want any young person even browsing these titles, which could give rise to unhealthy curiosity.

Additional Steps for the Roku TV

If you have a Roku TV, you can restrict access based on TV/movie ratings. Programs will be blocked if they fall outside the specified rating limits.

Follow these steps:

  1. Press the Home button on your Roku TV remote.
  2. Scroll up or down and select Settings, then Parental controls.
  3. Select Enable Parental Controls and then turn it on. Then, set the desired TV/movie ratings limits and/or choose to block unrated programs. Blocked programs will not show video, audio, or title/description (unless the Roku PIN is entered).

What About Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu, and YouTube?

Parents will want to set parental controls on each of these accounts, which are not governed by anything with the Roku device. These channels are simply using Roku as another exit point for their content therefore it’s entirely up to parents to ensure the accounts on each of these streaming services is set up appropriately.

  • Netflix: How do I set parental controls on my Netflix account?
  • Amazon: How do I set Amazon Video Parental Controls?
  • Hulu: Does Hulu have parental controls?
  • Sling TV: How do I activate parental controls on my Roku?
  • HBO GO: How do I use parental controls with HBO GO? (there are various articles about controls here)
  • YouTube: Make sure the Google (Gmail) account that you’re using to sign in to Roku has Restricted Mode enabled, which is in Settings (the gear) in YouTube.

If you ever want to review a child’s Google activity, which includes their YouTube viewing, you can access it here: Google My Activity

Roku Parental Controls Bottom Line for Parents

The recent Kids and Family change is good. Although some parents might avoid using these new parental controls since Roku devices lack the ability to create individual profiles, which means parents will be subject to the same controls (unless they decide to disable/re-enable each time).

Now What? 2 amazing ways to keep up:

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How to use roku feed to keep up with new episodes of your shows

About half a decade ago, Roku introduced a feature called My Feed that allowed you to track when shows and movies hit your favorite streaming services. Now, Google TV has something similar… with a bit of a Google twist to it.

The feature is called Highlights, and it’s like a Google News feed for your favorite shows and movies. You’ll not only hear about which streaming service they’re coming to via news updates – but you’ll also be able to see behind-the-scenes clips, updates and more.

Should you find a new show or movie that you want to watch while browsing Highlights, you can save it to your Watchlist from the app and have it show up on your TV at home.

Highlights is available on the Google TV companion app on Android devices exclusively in the US – but there doesn’t seem to be anything preventing it from rolling out to iOS and other territories sometime down the road.

Analysis: The future of smart TVs is connected content

What makes the Roku comparison so interesting here is that Roku knew years ago that content – not app selection – was going to be key for the success of smart TV platforms.

By implementing My Feed, Roku allowed users to really keep tabs on shows and movies, keeping you connected to both the content and the platform at all times.

What Google is doing with Highlights feels like an advancement in that area. Highlights still lets you keep tabs on your content – but it does so by harnessing the power of Google News to show you what’s trending around that content.

Is a 24/7 tether to your favorite shows really healthy? Probably not. But hey, when you need your content fix, this is certainly one way of getting it.

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Nick Pino is the Senior Editor of Home Entertainment at TechRadar and covers TVs, headphones, speakers, video games, VR and streaming devices. He’s written for TechRadar, GamesRadar, Official Xbox Magazine, PC Gamer and other outlets over the last decade, and he has a degree in computer science he’s not using if anyone wants it.

David has reviewed TVs, streaming services, streaming devices and home entertainment gear at CNET since 2002. He is an ISF certified, NIST trained calibrator and developed CNET’s TV test procedure himself. Previously David wrote reviews and features for Sound & Vision magazine and eTown.com. He is known to two people on Twitter as “The Cormac McCarthy of consumer electronics.”

Roku

Do you consider it worth watching a few ads in exchange for streaming some free shows? Do you own a Roku? If you answered “yes” to both, keep reading.

Rolling out to Roku devices in the coming weeks is a new menu item, prominently placed right below “Home” and above “My Feed” on Roku’s main left-hand menu: Featured Free. Selecting it calls up TV shows and movies from a variety of sources, all available to watch for free, immediately.

The initial slate of partners includes ABC, Fox, The CW, Disney’s Freeform, Pluto TV, Sony’s Crackle, Tubi TV and the Roku Channel . Roku curates the shows and movies manually, selecting new in-season episodes of network shows, full past seasons and select movies, including Grey’s Anatomy, The Bachelorette, House Hunters, Riverdale and 50 First Dates.

“We’re delighted to deliver even more value to our customers without subscriptions, complicated logins or fees,” said Rob Holmes, vice president of programming at Roku. “Some of the programs will be offered next-day after they air, in particular from The CW.”

The downside? The TV shows and movies include ads.

Selecting a show launches the associated app — Roku calls them channels — for example, the ABC app to watch Grey’s Anatomy. If you don’t already have the app installed, you’ll be prompted to do so. There’s no need to log in to the app or “authenticate” using cable TV or other credentials.

Featured Free doesn’t offer any free stuff that’s not already available from the individual apps themselves. “We’re making it easy for our customers to see the free content already available on the Roku platform,” said Holmes.

How to use roku feed to keep up with new episodes of your shows

Roku

Roku Channel comes to PC and mobile browsers

To get Featured Free you’ll need a Roku streaming device or Roku TV, but the company is also moving beyond its purple-walled garden.

The Roku Channel, yet another place to get curated, free, ad-supported TV shows and movies, is being expanded today to Samsung smart TVs as well as PC and mobile devices. That means you can access it from any browser on your phone, tablet or computer, at TheRokuChannel.com.

The Roku Channel went live on Roku devices in September 2017 and now has over a thousand titles on its roster, which run with “relevant and nonrepetitive” ads interspersed. Earlier this year it added a News section , a Continue Watching feature and genres categories, the latter two similar to Netflix. The Roku Channel is now the no. 5 most-popular streaming channel on the Roku platform.

From PIN protection to instant replay when you miss a line of dialogue.

By David Nield | Published Mar 17, 2021 12:00 PM

How to use roku feed to keep up with new episodes of your shows

You know what you’re getting with a Roku streaming device: quick and easy access to as much audio and video content as you can take, from all of the big names in the streaming business. You owe it to yourself to make sure you know everything your Roku stick or box can do—otherwise you might miss out on some of its best features.

1. Set up PIN protection

Open up your Roku account page on the web and you can add PIN protection to various aspects of the Roku experience—handy if you have young children in the house or just careless housemates.

Once you’ve set up a PIN, you’ll always need it make Roku-related purchases and to add new channels. On top of those two restrictions, you can add more parental controls inside the individual apps on your device to keep unsuitable content away from the kids.

You can find those settings for the Roku Channel app through your account page online. Click Update under PIN preference, and you can choose to enforce the Little kids, Young kids, or Teens restrictions (there’s a description next to each one to help you decide).

2. Customize your Roku

There’s no need to settle for the default Roku look. Head to Settings, then Themes, and you can change how the interface looks. You may choose a different wallpaper (the main Roku backdrop) and a new screensaver (which appears when your Roku device has been inactive for a certain period of time).

Beyond Roku’s own cosmetic options, you’ll also find submissions from the Roku community. If you want to go back to the way that your Roku software looked when you originally installed it, pick Restore default theme.

Another way to customize your Roku is to change the order that channels appear on the Home screen. Select any of the channel buttons, hit the star button on the remote, and pick Move channel. Then use the navigation pad on the remote to put the channel wherever you want it.

3. Enable guest mode

If you’ve got guests using your Roku, you don’t necessarily want them trampling all over your watching history and recommendations. There is a solution: the built-in guest mode. Activate this and visitors will be able to temporarily sign into their own accounts for the channels you’ve installed.

From the front screen, choose Settings, System, Guest Mode, and Enter Guest Mode. This basically resets your Roku and forces users to sign into each channel again, so it’s best-suited for when friends or family are visiting for a few days or more, or you’re renting out your place.

When you’re back, you can return to your own channels with a couple of taps, and guests can also sign themselves out for their own peace of mind. If you’ve activated your My Roku PIN, it will protect this feature.

4. Get your computer screen up on your Roku

You can display what’s on your Windows or Mac computer screen to your Roku device—the wireless connection isn’t quite fast enough to stream video, but it’s useful for showing presentations and photo slideshows, for example.

Roku devices have built-in support for the Miracast mirroring technology that’s also available on Windows. As long as your computer is on the same Wi-Fi network, you can click the Action Center button (on the far right of the taskbar), then Connect to choose your Roku and mirror the screen.

For macOS, you’ll need to set up AirPlay on the Roku first: Choose Settings, System, and Apple AirPlay and HomeKit to do this. You’ll then see your Roku device appear when you click the AirPlay button on the macOS menu bar.

5. Get an instant replay

Roku devices include an instant replay feature that will rewind the last 10 seconds of whatever you’re watching and even turn on captions too—perfect for those occasions when you didn’t quite catch what was said. The Instant Replay button on the Roku remote looks like an arrow with a circular line.

If you open Settings, then choose Captions, you can use the Captions mode option to decide whether or not you see subtitles. If not, you’ll just see the last 10 seconds of video repeated as normal.

Every app we’ve tried on Roku devices supports the 10-second rewind, though not every channel supports captions at the same time. Google Movies & TV and Apple TV Plus are two of the channels that do.

6. Install the mobile app

Roku makes a mobile app for Android and iOS that is a helpful companion to your Roku streaming device. You can use it to browse for content on the streaming channels you’ve set up, but it also works really well as a touchscreen remote.

Besides all the usual play, pause, forward, rewind, and other navigational controls, the app lets you use your phone’s keyboard to enter text such as search queries and passwords—much easier than using the on-screen keyboard. You can use one phone to operate multiple Roku devices, too.

You can also turn on a feature called “private listening” in the app’s settings, which routes audio from the Roku through your phone. Connect a pair of headphones and you can listen privately and quietly to whatever you’re watching—when the rest of the household are trying to sleep, perhaps.

7. Search smarter with My Feed

Don’t neglect the My Feed tab of the Roku interface—it can alert you to shows and movies you’ve expressed interest in and help you find them faster, even if the content you seek is spread out across multiple channels.

To start using your feed, first go to Search. There, look for movies or TV shows that you’re interested in, select them, and choose Follow on Roku. They’ll appear on your My Feed screen, so you’ll be able to see which channels they’re available on and when new episodes are released.

You can even follow actors and directors through My Feed and get alerts whenever something new appears from them. Updates will also show when something is available for the first time or for a cheaper price.

How to use roku feed to keep up with new episodes of your shows

David Nield is a freelance contributor at Popular Science, producing how to guides and explainers for the DIY section on everything from improving your smartphone photos to boosting the security of your laptop. He doesn’t get much spare time, but when he does he spends it watching obscure movies and taking long walks in the countryside.

How to use roku feed to keep up with new episodes of your shows

The best Roku channels make it easy so stream blockbuster movies and popular TV shows. Even better, many of them are free! Not only that, Roku is constantly adding more new channels. The service recently added 25 new linear channels, including Supermarket Sweep, Project Runway, This Old House Makers Channel and Total Crime. Plus, platform is making it easier to access live TV channels, as users can now pin the guide to their home screen.

With one of the best Roku devices, you can check out a ton of Roku channels, both free and paid (some of the latter will offer a free trial for new members). That includes power players like Netflix, Disney Plus, Amazon Prime Video, Peacock and HBO Max.

But the list of best Roku channels doesn’t stop with the big-name streaming services. Try PBS Kids for children’s programming, CuriosityStream for science content or Twitch for free streaming of video gamers playing games. There’s even a Peloton channel on Roku.

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A new Roku Live TV Guide is a great way to “channel surf.” The grid-like feature allows users to browse free TV channels that are linear and live (linear means pre-programmed). The new Roku Live TV Guide is similar to the lineup you’d seen on a cable guide, with a list of channels down the side and the time slots across the top. It’s an easy way to check out all the free live programming that Roku has to offer in addition to on-demand content.

The best Roku channels to add right now

Peacock (free and subscription)

Peacock is finally taking flight on Roku. NBCUniversal streaming platform launched in July on most major devices, excluding Roku. The companies have come to an agreement, though, and now Peacock is available as a Roku channel. Peacock comes in two tiers, Free (ad supported) and Premium. Both offer thousands of hours of movies and television shows drawn from NBCUniversal’s iconic brands. Watch 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, Battlestar Galactica and more with Peacock Free. If you want Peacock originals, you’ll have to sign up for Premium ($4.99 with ads, $9.99 without).

Amazon Video (subscription and a la carte)

Whether or not you subscribe to Amazon Prime, the Amazon Video channel is a worthwhile addition to your Roku. Those who dish out the $99-per-year membership fee for Prime can stream a large selection of movies and TV shows. Amazon Video also offers a la carte purchases and rentals, as well as a growing number of original programs, including the acclaimed Transparent and Mozart in the Jungle. For those who don’t want a full Amazon Prime subscription, you can subscribe to Amazon Video only for $9 per month. Tom’s Guide has also compiled an updated list of what to watch on Amazon Video, in case you’re looking for recommendations.

The former Quibi series — which was also picked up at the shortform outlet before it folded — becomes the streaming device maker’s first renewal.

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Die Hart, an action comedy series starring Kevin Hart, has been renewed for a second season — for the second time.

The series made its Roku Channel debut on May 20 as part of the library the streaming device maker acquired from defunct shortform streamer Quibi. The pickup — season two will be called Die Harter, keeping up the play on Die Hard and its sequel — is the first renewal for what are now called Roku Originals.

It’s not, however, the first renewal for Die Hart. Quibi picked up the series for a second season in September 2020, about a month before the streamer announced it was shutting down. Production on season two hadn’t started, and the renewal didn’t carry over to Roku. The company says Die Hart has performed well enough since its launch, however, to merit another run. (Roku is following the familiar streaming playbook of not releasing viewing data for its programming.)

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Roku Names David Eilenberg Head of Original Content

Die Hart exploded out of the gate and after a record-setting debut weekend, has quickly become one of the most watched Roku Originals on The Roku Channel,” said Colin Davis, head of original scripted programming at Roku. “We couldn’t be more excited to bring an equally hilarious, action-packed second season to the record number of viewers who have watched in recent days.”

Season one of Die Hart follows the comedian, playing a fictionalized version of himself, as he looks to break out of his “comic sidekick” niche and land an action-star role. He goes to an action-star school run by a lunatic (John Travolta), where he’s pushed by a rival student (Nathalie Emmanuel).

Season two will be produced by LOL Studios, the production division of Hart and Jeff Clanagan’s Laugh Out Loud.

“The return of Die Hart marks a pivotal moment in the continued growth and expansion of LOL Studios,” said Clanagan, CEO of Laugh Out Loud. “We’re excited for the opportunity to team up with Roku and be the first Roku Original to get a second season. We can’t wait for fans to dive into what is sure to be an even bigger, more action-packed season two.”

Hart and Clanagan executive produce Die Hart with Tripper Clancy, Candice Wilson, Bryan Smiley and Thai Randolph. Director Eric Appel is set to return for season two.

YouTube

For the first time, YouTube is letting users in the US stream thousands of free, ad-supported TV shows like Hell’s Kitchen, Heartland and Unsolved Mysteries, it announced. That will put it into competition with OTA (over-the-air) TV and streaming services with ad tiers including Peacock, the Roku Channel, Tubi and others.

YouTube will offer around 4,000 free TV episodes on top of the 1,500 movies already available. This month, it added a raft of new movie titles including Gone in Sixty Seconds, Runaway Bride and Legally Blonde, now available to stream for free (in the USA only) with ads.

With the new TV offerings, YouTube is no doubt hoping to keep American users glued to its platform. Having dozens of episodes from multiple series will allow users to binge like they do on Netflix and other platforms, though most of the content on offer is not what you’d call prestige TV. One of its biggest rivals in that regard is Roku TV, which had a very public dispute with YouTube that was only recently resolved.

Until last year, YouTube had been trying to fill content holes with its own programming via YouTube Originals. Earlier in 2022, however, it announced that it was largely abandoning those ambitions and would focus strictly on its Black Voices and YouTube Kids Funds. The program had some success with shows like Cobra Kai, but didn’t pose much of a threat to services like Amazon Prime Video and Netflix.

How to use roku feed to keep up with new episodes of your shows

Roku device owners will be turning to the company’s built-in streaming service to watch tons of new movies in the coming days, plus Roku originals like Reno 911! Defunded, coming February 25, as well as big news events like President Biden’s State of the Union address on March 1. This is one place where Roku especially shines, because while you can include all your paid streaming subscriptions here in one place, you also get access to tons of free Roku channels.

In this post, we’ll offer a snapshot of 10 of the most popular free TV channels available to Roku streaming users. As well as how to access them.

Roku channels free list

How to use roku feed to keep up with new episodes of your shows

Besides the Roku Channel itself, additional free TV channels that are among the highest-rated by Roku users include:

    : Enjoy instant access to more than 150 free, always-on TV channels anytime. With live news and weather, sports, food & home, reality TV, science fiction, true crime, kids’ entertainment, and Spanish language programming, we have something for everyone — and it’s all streaming free! : Tune into your favorite channels streaming the greatest movies, binge-worthy TV shows, true crime, sports and more. Always on. And always 100% free! : Local weather forecasts tailored for you. This free and easy to use award-winning app streams live weather newscasts from certified meteorologists, provides your local weather data, local weather alerts (US only) from NWS (National Weather Service), weather maps and more. : The only way to see new episodes from The CW, free with no login. Keep up with the latest from shows like All American and The Flash, or watch full seasons of new hits like Superman & Lois and Walker. And with CW Seed shows like Krypton and 90210 now available, you’ll never run out of shows to binge.

Tubi, CBS News, and Vevo

We’ll round out our list with three more. In addition to the content herein, by the way, here’s a list of new movies coming to the Roku Channel this month. Without further ado, meanwhile, here’s the rest of our top-rated free channel list:

    : There’s always something to enjoy on Vevo. From the freshest new videos and emerging artists, to your favorite throwbacks — it’s all there … Use the search feature to find your favorite artists and music videos.
    : Watch thousands of hit movies and TV series for free. Tubi is 100% legal unlimited streaming, with no credit cards and no subscription required. Choose what you want to watch, when you want to watch it, with fewer ads than regular TV. : The CBS News app features — The 24/7 CBS News live stream with anchored coverage, up-to-the-minute reporting, and news conferences and hearings on major issues of the day — no cable subscription needed. (Plus) full episodes and on-demand clips from 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, CBS Mornings, CBS Evening News, CBS Saturday Morning, CBS Sunday Morning and Face the Nation.

Andy is a reporter in Memphis who has been contributing to BGR since 2015. His expertise in TV shows you probably don’t like is unmatched. When he’s not writing about technology, he can be found hunched protectively over his burgeoning collection of vinyl, as well as nursing his Whovianism. Andy also contributes to other outlets like Fast Company and The Guardian.

1. Watch NOW on the web at “TV 24/7” or “LIVE STREAMS”.
To watch the television feed of The FLORIDA Channel (which is available year-round, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week), simply click on the “TV 24/7” tab under today’s schedule or click the play icon on the viewer/player that’s located on the home page.

To watch the day’s LIVE events (i.e., committee meetings, floor sessions, public hearings), click on the “LIVE STREAMS” tab under today’s schedule to select what you want to watch.

Our “LIVE STREAMS” events are listed by time and title. Look for the “Watch Now” link for events currently available for viewing.

Events listed under the “LIVE STREAMS” schedule will begin streaming 10 minutes prior to their scheduled start times. Audio will be available when the events officially convene.

2. Watch on your mobile device or smart phone.
Watch The FLORIDA Channel programming on your mobile Apple or Android device by downloading the free mobile app at the iTUNES Store or Google Play.

3. Watch on Roku.
The best way to add new channels is from the Channel Store on your Roku player. To use Channel Search, simply scroll down to “Streaming Channels” in the main menu, and select it to enter the Channel Store.

Once in the channel store, scroll down again to find the Search Channels menu item and select it. You will then enter the familiar typing grid, and you can simply use your remote to begin typing “The Florida Channel”.

Just as with Roku Search, as soon as enough letters are recognized, your search result options will appear to the right where you can scroll over and select them.

After you select the matching result, you are now in the Channel Detail View, where you can go ahead and “Add Channel”, so that The Florida Channel will install and show up on your Home screen.

Alternatively, if you have already created a personalized account on Roku.com, you can login to that account and add the Florida Channel by clicking: https://my.roku.com/account/add/5TMHT6M

4. Watch on a television channel in your area.
Click here to find out if The FLORIDA Channel is available on TV/cable in your area.

5. INSIDE the Capitol Complex – watch on the Capitol’s in-house cable system.
Accessible in the state Capitol building are closed-circuit channels used for broadcast of The FLORIDA Channel programming. Senate events can be seen on channels 71 – 75. House events can be seen on channels 78 – 83. Executive Branch events can be seen on channel 84. The FLORIDA Channel’s 24/7 program feed can be seen on channel 85, and channels 86 and 87 are used for a wide variety of live events both inside and outside the Capitol Complex.

6. Watch in our Video Library.
If you missed LIVE coverage of an event, an archive of it will be available in our Video Library within 24 hours of the time the event concluded.

If you know the event title or date, click on the “Search” tab located in the top right of the website. In the field provided, type in the event title, keyword and/or date. Press enter or click the magnifying glass icon and a list of search results will appear on the screen. Find your event and click the link to view the video.

If you don’t know the name or date of the event, you can click on the “Video Library” tab and a complete list of all programs available on The FLORIDA Channel will appear in chronological order.

For regular updates on content added to the video library, subscribe to our RSS feed. Users of Google Chrome will need to download Chrome’s feed reader extension to view the feed.

Roku is one of the most popular streaming platforms available. The devices feature a lot of free content, but they also offer access to your favorite paid streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and others. In addition, Roku has an excellent interface with a unique TV remote that’s easy to use.

How to use roku feed to keep up with new episodes of your shows

It’s easy to use, and you can even customize it to your preferences. However, every once in a while, your Roku might report a “Not Enough Space” error. Why does this happen, and how can you fix it?

Roku Express Space Issue

Those who’ve been using Roku Express, compared to other models, may have experienced issues with not having enough space. When users try to add a channel or launch one, they see the “Not Enough Space” error. This scenario is the case for some Roku Express models, and there were complaints to Roku directly. Roku solved the issue quickly by providing an update to fix the bug. If you still have the problem, you may need to check for an update. Here’s how.

  1. Wake up your Roku Express and ensure it is connected to the internet.
  2. Navigate to “Home>Settings>System>System Update>Check Now.”
  3. Roku Express will check for an update. If it finds one, it will download it and complete the update process. It may reboot during the installation, so dont be concerned if it does.
  4. Once you see the Home screen, your Roku is ready to use. Test it again to confirm if it solved your “Out of Space” problem.

Even if the above steps do not solve your problem, keeping your Roku Express updated is always good. However, if you still suffer from the “Out of Space issue, try the other options below, which work for any Roku model that needs more storage.

How to use roku feed to keep up with new episodes of your shows

Delete Channels to Solve Roku Space Issues

One of the ways you can free up space on any Roku device is to delete less-used or unused channels. Often, you’ve downloaded quite a few channels without realizing it, and some tend to hide deep down in the list. Perhaps this out-of-space notification will encourage you to do some “spring cleaning” on your Roku! Clearing channels is one essential way to increase storage capacity. Here’s how to delete channels on your Roku.

  1. Go to your Roku Home screen and click on “My Channels.”
  2. With your remote, select the channel you want to remove and then press ” * “ (star button) on the remote.
  3. Select “Remove channel” and then press “OK” on the remote.
  4. To confirm deleting the channel, select “Remove” and press “OK” to confirm.
    How to use roku feed to keep up with new episodes of your shows

Add an SD Card to Solve Out-of-Space Problems

If you’re not looking to delete anything already on your Roku player, your other option is to add an SD card if your model supports it. Some Roku players provide access to a micro SD card slot on the side or back, while others do not. If your model has an SD card slot, using it is especially beneficial when you need to expand your Roku’s amount of internal memory. It also opens the doorway to more apps and games.

Also, for the best results, you’ll need an SD card with a minimum of 2GB storage, which shouldn’t be a problem, but the more, the merrier! You probably want at least 20GB. Here’s how to add an SD card to your Roku and ensure it works properly.

  1. Insert the SD card into the Roku device. You will probably hear a click that ensures it’s set in place.
  2. On your screen, select “Format” when “micro SD card detected” appears. Anything that was on the SD card will get deleted.
  3. Press “Continue” to begin the formatting process.
  4. Select “OK” when the formatting completes successfully.

How to use roku feed to keep up with new episodes of your shows

How to Safely Remove the SD card from a Roku Device

If you decide to remove the SD card for any reason, you should know that everything stored on it won’t get deleted. However, without the SD card installed, all the channels and games you had there will need to be re-downloaded on the Roku’s internal storage.

Note: You can’t move the channels and games stored on the SD card to a different Roku device.

Factory Reset Your Roku to Fix Space Issues

Freeing up space on your Roku could be fixed with an update, removing unused channels, or adding an SD card (when applicable). However, a factory reset clears everything and starts the device off from scratch, removing all cached files, apps, channels, leftover data, and customizations that consume quite a bit of your precious space. If you can’t use an SD card, tried deleting some of the channels, and attempted to update your device to no avail, a factory reset is the best option.

To do a factory reset on your Roku device, follow the steps below.

  1. Press the “Home” button on the Roku remote.
  2. Scroll down and select “Settings” then “System.”
  3. Locate and select “Advanced system settings.”
  4. Choose “Factory reset.”
  5. Finally, select “Factory reset everything” then continue to follow the instructions on the screen.
    How to use roku feed to keep up with new episodes of your shows

More Roku Space Means More Fun

If you’re not interested in getting rid of any channels and games you’ve downloaded on the Roku, a micro SD card can be your gateway to even more entertainment content. However, if you’re more curious about curating your Roku feed to perfection, ensure you always have the latest update and that not a single channel gets unused.

How to use roku feed to keep up with new episodes of your showsBy Amanda Mitchell Jun 20, 2019

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How to use roku feed to keep up with new episodes of your shows

At the end of a long day, sometimes the best way to feel like you’re living your best life is with some comfy PJs, a glass of wine, and gratuitous reality television. In our series"Not-So-Guilty Pleasures," we remove the "guilt" and break down the latest happenings in your favorite TV indulgences.

  • Big Brother is set to return for season 21 with a two-night premiere on Tuesday, June 25 and Wednesday, June 26 at 8 p.m. on CBS—with Julie Chen Moonves as host.
  • The reality competition series is a summertime staple, with viewers tuning in to see how the “social experiment” will work.
  • Here are the best ways to watch the show this season.

With 20 seasons under its belt, Big Brother has become must-see summertime TV. The “social experiment” involves a group of strangers living together in a house outfitted with dozens of cameras as they participate in weekly competitions and evictions for the ultimate $500,000 grand prize.

The show, which first aired in 2000, will kick off season 21 on Tuesday, June 25 and Wednesday, June 26 at 8 p.m. ET with a special two-night premiere on CBS. After that, Big Brother will air three times a week, so expect to watch on Sunday, June 30 at 8 p.m. ET. Beginning Wednesday, July 10, the show will air on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9 p.m. with the same Sunday night 8 p.m. slot. Superfans not only get three nights of content a week, but they also have access to the 24/7 live feeds to keep up with.

For those who have cable, and those who don’t, never fear: there are several options for you to get on the Big Brother train this summer. Find out more below!

CBS All-Access

If you don’t have cable and simply can’t turn on the TV, the best and easiest way to watch Big Brother is through CBS All-Access, CBS’s digital streaming platform. The service provides shows with reduced commercial interruptions for $5.99 per month, and with no commercial interruptions for $9.99 per month. It also lets viewers watch a live stream of their local CBS channel (depending on the market) as well as all of CBS’s streaming library. Viewers can get a free 7-day trial which allows them to stream CBS live on their computer via the CBS website, or a phone, tablet or streaming device via the CBS app.

An extra bonus? CBS All-Access members get access to the Big Brother live feeds, where they’ll get to see all the stuff CBS cuts out of the regular show (mostly the nudity and the curse words), and the goings-on in the house when you’re not watching. And the cherry on top is that CBS has all 700+ episodes of Big Brother (and Celebrity Big Brother) ever aired in the U.S., so you’ll never be lacking in Big Brother to view.

For those without a CBS All-Access subscription, the latest episodes from this season will be available to watch next day on CBS.com and the CBS App.

Hulu + Live TV

Hulu, with their Live TV add-on, allows viewers to stream CBS live (in select markets). The show can be streamed via Hulu.com and the Hulu app. If you’re not a subscriber, there’s a free 7-day trial available.

Amazon Prime

For those with Amazon Prime, viewers can watch all CBS content, both live and streaming on demand, on CBS All-Access via Amazon, which includes a 7-day free trial. With Amazon Prime + CBS All-Access, you can stream CBS via Amazon.com, or watch via the Amazon Video app.

YouTube TV

YouTube TV has plenty of options for viewers, but for $49.99 a month, Big Brother fans can get 50+ channels, including CBS. YouTube TV is available on Roku, Apple TV, and Chromecast, but for those with an Amazon Fire Stick, you’re outta luck—better to look into a different option.

fuboTV

Mostly known for its sports-friendly content, fuboTV also features cable networks like A&E;, History, Bravo, HGTV, TNT, CNN, and Travel Channel in its entry-level bundle. And with a check of the channel lineup, hopeful viewers will get the chance to see if their local CBS station is available for streaming—a subscription begins at $54.99 a month.

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I’m sorry for bothering you guys with something as simple as this appears will be for you. I am trying to help develop a public Roku channel for an awesome minister I know who has 100’s of videos. (hoping Naz Vanof or someone who knows a lot about this can help)

I attempted to find information on how to use Vimeo as a json feed provider and didn’t find any tutorials. (the online help at Vimeo was no help).

First is there something that needs to be done for each video uploaded to my Vimeo account to prepare them to be used as json? I tried using the provided URL for my Vimeo account on the Direct Publisher feed link and it wouldn’t accept it.

I’ve been searching for two days on this subject and not really getting anywhere and the only place I could see any related content was here (Naz). The videos I am using I have permission for from the developer but they are downloaded from Youtube through the Keepvid online program to my computer then uploaded to Vimeo. Is that an issue?

Sorry for the lack of knowledge but I am excited to get my feet wet on this and have a high aptitude in other fields, I’m just a total newbee in this field. starting two days ago I went through all the tutorials on Roku and did all the prep for establishing the developer account, and learned how to side load and alter channel templates, now I just need to know how to get my URL link to connect and to organize videos on Vimeo. Later I will get deeper with the Brightscript app. But what they have for the template for Direct Publisher would be perfect to get started.

In just over a week, CBS All Access will become Paramount Plus, a rebranded version of the streaming service launching on March 4th.

Paramount Plus will use combined franchises and assets from Viacom and CBS (who remerged in 2019) to offer more than 20,000 episodes of television and films from a number of networks. These networks and studios include BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures. Every announcement made today can be read on ViacomCBS’ site.

The streaming service will launch at two separate pricing tiers: an ad-supported version that includes full breadth of Paramount movies, Paramount Plus originals, a “massive portion of library,” according to streaming CEO Tom Ryan, and current seasons of CBS shows for $4.99. This is launching in June. The premium tier will have live sports supplemented with even more options, live CBS news feeds, and a live CBS TV experience for $9.99. The company will have more information about bundle options “soon,” according to Ryan.

Customers on premium CBS All Access plans should just automatically roll into Paramount Plus. By the time the ad-supported version of Paramount Plus launches, the $5.99 CBS All Access plan will no longer be offered, but existing customers on that plan will be grandfathered into All Access.

So what does that get people?

Let’s start with TV fans. Paramount Plus will carry a number of older popular shows, like SpongeBob SquarePants, as well as new originals based around popular franchises like Criminal Minds and The Godfather. Nickelodeon is launching an Avatar Studios to make more TV series and films based on the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. Nickelodeon fans, Paramount Plus is also working on a live-action Dora the Explorer series and a live-action Fairly OddParents show.

Some of the original series announced today include a new Frasier revival with Kelsey Grammer set to reprise his role as Dr. Frasier Crane, and several series based on popular Paramount movies, including The Italian Job, Flashdance, and Fatal Attraction. A Criminal Minds revival — and all 15 seasons of the original CBS crime procedural — will also stream exclusively on Paramount Plus. Finally, a reboot of Inside Amy Schumer and a weekly spinoff of The Daily Show were also ordered.

These series join previously announced titles heading to Paramount Plus. The Offer, a limited series based on the making-of process behind The Godfather; Lioness, a show about a young marine who is recruited to befriend a terrorist in order to bring down the organization; a reimagining of MTV’s Behind The Music; a documentary series based on FBI profilers; a revival of BET’s The Game; a new SpongeBob SquarePants series called Kamp Koral; and a new version of The Real World.

Today’s event also brought with it a ton of movie news. CEO Bob Bakish noted that many Paramount films will go to Paramount Plus 30 to 45 days after their theatrical release, with others appearing 90 days after their theatrical release. For example, A Quiet Place 2 will be available on Paramount Plus just 45 days after it’s released in theaters this September. Mission Impossible 7 and the Paw Patrol film will also appear on Paramount Plus 45 days after their theatrical releases. MGM movies will go to Paramount Plus once they’re out of the theatrical window — that could mean films like No Time To Die. Also, some new movies, including feature projects based on Beavis and Butt-head, Workaholics, and Pet Semetary, will be made exclusively for Paramount Plus.

Much like CBS All Access, Paramount Plus will also carry some aspect of live sports, news, and events for subscribers. Currently, All Access customers can watch national NFL games carried on CBS via the streaming service, as well as events like the Grammy’s when they air on the network. The company is expanding its sports offering on Paramount Plus, including hosting UEFA soccer games, and other sports that will find a home on the digital service. Paramount Plus will also carry a 24/7 news channel, according to Bakish, and local news and weather updates for subscribers depending on their region.

Today, ViacomCBS announced it has 19.2 million subscribers between CBS All Access and Showtime (plus 30.1 million monthly active users for free streaming platform, Pluto TV) domestically, but the goal is to use the plethora of franchises and networks to really compete in the streaming wars. Disney Plus is nearing 100 million subscribers, and HBO Max has 17.2 million activations. Peacock, one of Paramount Plus’ biggest competitors in terms of similar offerings, has 33 million users, although it’s unclear how many are paid subscribers.

ViacomCBS executives also addressed an international rollout for Paramount Plus. It will launch in Latin America and Canada on the same day as the US, with Australia and the Nordics in the weeks and months to follow.

How to use roku feed to keep up with new episodes of your shows

A Roku TV takes the idea of a Roku — basically a device that gives you access to hundreds of streaming services — and puts it into a smart TV with a ton of great features.

One of these great features is the ability for the user to go in and change which input source the Roku TV defaults to when it turns on.

So if you’re more of a traditional TV watcher, and still use a cable box as your primary viewing method, you can set it as the default. Same with a game console, or Blu-ray player.

With all of these options, you’d think that setting up and changing this feature might be a little complicated, but it’s actually an incredibly simple process.

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How to change the default input on a Roku TV

1. Go to the homescreen by pressing the Home button on your Roku TV remote. It’s the button with an image of a house on it, under the power button.

2. In the menu on the left side of the screen, scroll down until you reach the “Settings” option, and select it.

3. Scroll down and select “System.”

4. Scroll down and select “Power.”

5. Select “Power On,” the first option.

6. Choose the input you want your Roku TV to default to when you turn it on. Each input has its own preset name, but actually corresponds to a different HDMI input.

Once you do so, you can press the Home button again. Everything will save automatically.

The next time you turn the Roku TV off and on again, it’ll switch to the new default input.

If you ever need to return to the homescreen, to change it your default input again or simply use your Roku services, just press the Home button on your Roku remote.

Roku has a channel for just about everything: on-demand movies, live baseball, and even live feeds of pandas and other animals. There are channels for live TV on Roku, including “skinny bundle” live TV streaming services such as Sling TV.

But what about local channels? Experienced cord-cutters and longtime readers may know local channels are available for free over the air (OTA) with the use of an OTA antenna, but is there a way to integrate this experience into the Roku interface? Are there streaming apps for watching local channels? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. Here’s how to get local channels on Roku devices.

Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream local channels on Roku:

How to use roku feed to keep up with new episodes of your shows

How to Get Local Channels on Roku

There are a few solutions for getting live local networks on Roku.

The first is a live TV streaming service, or “skinny bundle.” The bad news is that the major network feeds on each of these skinny bundles are limited to select markets. The good news is that it’s easy enough to find out whether you’re in one of the lucky markets.

The second option is free over-the-air TV, which can be combined with the Roku platform in a few ways that we’ll talk about below.

Finally, there are a couple other unique options to consider. Read on to learn how to watch local networks on Roku, with no cable required.

Stream local channels on Roku for free with DIRECTV Stream

How to use roku feed to keep up with new episodes of your shows

How to use roku feed to keep up with new episodes of your shows

DIRECTV Stream is a skinny bundle controlled by AT&T. It offers a plethora of local channels, including local networks and regional sports networks. To learn more about the service, read our review of DIRECTV Stream.

Stream local channels on Roku for free with Hulu

How to use roku feed to keep up with new episodes of your shows

How to use roku feed to keep up with new episodes of your shows

Hulu’s entry into the skinny-bundle market offers a lot to Roku users. Among Hulu + Live TV’s channels are live local networks and RSNs. You can read more about Hulu + Live TV in our review of the service, or you can check out the free trial and see what you think.

Stream local channels on Roku for free with fuboTV

How to use roku feed to keep up with new episodes of your shows

How to use roku feed to keep up with new episodes of your shows

fuboTV initially focused entirely on live soccer coverage. It’s now a more typical skinny bundle that includes a wide range of networks, although it still bills itself as “the world’s only sports-focused live TV streaming service.” In select markets, fuboTV offers great local channels and RSNs. You can read our review of fuboTV to learn more.

Stream local channels on Roku for free with Sling TV

How to use roku feed to keep up with new episodes of your shows

How to use roku feed to keep up with new episodes of your shows

Sling TV typically encourages subscribers to get an antenna to watch local channels. That’s not a bad idea, but Sling TV also offers viewers in a few markets the chance to watch local FOX or NBC stations. New York, Chicago, and Dallas/Fort Worth are among the eligible markets.

Stream local channels on Roku for free with Paramount Plus

How to use roku feed to keep up with new episodes of your shows

How to use roku feed to keep up with new episodes of your shows

CBS All Access is now Paramount Plus. There’s more to watch now that this streaming service has rebranded, but you can still get a livestream of CBS through Paramount Plus. It’s not available in every market, though, so make sure to check that it’s available where you live. We’ve also got a Paramount Plus review that can give you the full scoop on the mountain of entertainment this rebranded service promises to deliver.

YouTube TV

YouTube TV is a skinny bundle with Google’s YouTube branding. In addition to live television, YouTube TV boasts local channels and RSNs in select markets. YouTube TV also offers a free trial to new customers.

Free Over-the-Air TV

The most affordable way to get local broadcasts is with an over-the-air antenna. Combining it with your Roku device can be easy or a little more involved, depending on which device you have. If you’re using one of Roku’s smart TV models, adding an antenna to the setup is as easy as plugging it in and scanning for channels. If you have an external Roku streaming device, however, you’ll have to get more creative. You can use an OTA DVR and corresponding app such as Tablo, or you can set up a Plex server on a PC and use a PC TV tuner and Plex’s live TV feature to stream live OTA TV on your Roku through the Plex app. For more, check out our coverage of free over-the-air TV, Plex, and Tablo.

NewsON

NewsON is a unique app that offers live broadcasts of local news stations. It’s for local news stations only, so it won’t help you pick up things like CBS and FOX NFL broadcasts or NBC’s national “Nightly News” program. Still, NewsON has appeal. It offers a pretty wide range of local news networks streaming live. NewsON’s selection was pretty slim at first, but it has grown and now offers a solid selection of local news stations from all around the country. It’s worth downloading NewsON on your Roku device to see whether your preferred local news station participates in NewON’s live broadcasts.

Watch Local Channels on Any Device, Anywhere

Want to watch local channels without cable on more than just your Roku device? We have you covered.

How to use roku feed to keep up with new episodes of your shows

Roku Express is Roku’s most basic streaming device, but don’t let that fool you. This tiny product packs a punch, and at only $30, it’s the least expensive streaming device on the market.

Consumers love the Roku Express for its outstanding combination of affordability and quality. You can stream high-definition (HD) content from thousands of channels, and even find free movies and TV from Roku’s dedicated channel.

All Roku devices, the Roku Express included, run the Roku operating system. This ensures a bias-free user experience. Roku apps allow viewers to easily search various streaming services and channels to find the latest programs. Amazon Fire Stick and Google Chromecast, in contrast, provide similar functionalities but default to promoting their own programming.

For more details about the Roku Express’s setup and performance, check out the rest of this Roku Express review.

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How much does the Roku Express cost?

The Roku Express’s cost is one of its major selling points. The device retails for only $29.99, making it the cheapest option on the market. You can purchase it directly from Roku, or you can find it on Amazon. If you have an Amazon Prime membership, you can take advantage of two-day Prime shipping.

You can also find the Roku Express in most major superstores, including Walmart and BestBuy.

What are the Roku Express features?

It’s not just Roku Express’s price that makes it a best-seller. The device has several standout features that set it apart from its competitors.

Easy Set Up

In a rare instance of making things as easy as possible for the consumer, the Roku Express comes with everything you need to set it up on the spot. That includes a 2-foot HDMI cable, power adapter, and USB power cable. But Roku didn’t stop there! The box even includes 2 AAA batteries for the remote and double-sided adhesive tape for the box.

Setting up the Roku Express is super easy. You have the option to plug the box directly into your TV using the USB cable — if your TV has a USB port. Alternatively, you can plug the Express into the wall using the power adapter.

After that, connect to the internet, and you’ll be ready to start streaming.

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Roku Express Design

Caught between being a stick and a box, the Roku Express is almost in its own category. Technically, it’s a box, but at just 1.5 inches across, it hardly feels obtrusive. Its size makes it easy to add it to any setup you already have. Use the adhesive tape Roku provides to attach the Express to your TV or media box.

There’s one catch — the Roku Express needs to be in sight of the remote to work. So, unfortunately, you can’t tuck it behind the TV. Still, the Express is so small, you’ll barely notice it wherever you put it.

For those who use Alexa or Google Assistant, the Roku Express is compatible with both devices, as well.

Roku Express Remote

The Roku Express remote design is simple. It has the standard back, home, directional, and playback buttons. They’re labeled and easy to recognize — no one should have trouble navigating this remote.

Each remote has four media buttons that differ upon the country where you’re located. In the US, they provide fast access to ESPN+, Hulu, Netflix, and Sling TV.

Unlike some of Roku’s more premium devices, there’s no option for private listening or voice searching directly from the remote. That said, you can download the Roku app to your smartphone to gain access to both features.

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Roku Express Streaming quality

The Roku Express streams in 1080p and is capable of up-scaling from 720p. This is more than enough for viewing most shows and movies.

That said, if you have a large flatscreen and want to watch in 4K, the Roku Express isn’t going to cut it for you. You’ll want to upgrade to one of Roku’s premium devices, like the Roku Ultra.

Roku Express Content

The full range of content provided by the Roku Express stick is one of its most impressive features. Roku has over 500,000 movies and TV episodes across thousands of free and paid channels.

You can watch most major streaming platforms, including Amazon, Apple TV, CBS All Access, Disney+, HBO, Hulu, and Netflix. Cord-cutters can also access live TV services like fubo TV and Sling TV.

Roku also offers free channels, including NBC News, PBS, The CW, and Tubi. Plus, Roku has its own channel, which streams free TV shows and movies (you just have to watch some ads).

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Roku OS

In addition to the wide range of content, the other standout feature of the Roku Express is its operating software. Like all of Roku’s premium devices, the Express runs the full Roku OS, which means you get access to all of Roku’s apps and special functions.

Those special functions include a universal search option and the Roku Feed. If you’re interested in purchasing content, the universal search feature finds the best price on TV shows and movies across all apps. The Featured Free section shows what’s available for free on different services. Plus, the Roku Feed alerts you when new movies leave theaters and become available on different streaming services.

The final cut

The Roku Express is a no-brainer for anyone who wants a basic streaming device at a competitive price. It won’t hold up for serious streamers who need 4K streaming, but for those who just want to enjoy the latest episode of their favorite show, the Roku Express will more than do the job.

Keeping up with current events in your area and beyond doesn’t have to be difficult. Use these apps to stream local news.

If you have cut the cord, accessing local news through your TV can be complicated. The good news is you don't need a costly cable package to stay on top of what's happening in your neighborhood.

Nowadays, there are plenty of free sites and apps that let you stream local news directly to your TV or smartphone. Here are our top picks if you'd like to stream local news channels for free.

1. NewsON

NewsON is a free news streaming app that offers live and on-demand news. The app covers 275 channels in over 165 US markets.

NewsON is free to download for consumption across all the major streaming providers; these include Roku and Chromecast, among others. While the app will be able to deliver news local to your area in particular, you can also watch local news channels hailing from other cities as well.

This NewsON app is easy to navigate, with menus for live news streaming and on-demand news clips. These bytes are available for playback for up to 48 hours after airing originally.

Download: NewsON for iOS | Android | Roku (Free)

2. Haystack News

Haystack News is another local news app that offers streaming for local stations, national stations, and global news. This news app is an excellent choice if you stream local news to stay informed—local trends, nationwide news, and the global dialogue all find a home in Haystack.

The Haystack News app layout is straightforward, customizable, and perfect for local news streaming on-the-go; you can save your interests and preferences during registration, putting all of your favorite listens right at your fingertips.

By default, the app will automatically prioritize streaming local news on your feed, keeping you on top of everything going on in your city.

Download: Haystack News for iOS | Android | Roku (Free)

3. Local Now

Local Now is one of the best free local news apps for streaming local news, weather, traffic, and sports. It also offers a wide selection of shows and movies for streaming. Entertainment will never be in short supply here, even if all that you want is to watch local news.

This free local news app promises a range of diverse news stories. It also produces feature stories written and hosted by Local Now itself, all from an in-house team of anchors and journalists. You'll find anything you could ever want here, from informational clips on health to feel-good, soft news stories happening around you.

Immediately upon your first visit, you'll be accosted with a huge pop-up page confirming your location. Local Now knows where you live and can provide all of your favorite free local news and weather live and on-air.

Download: Local Now for iOS | Android | Roku (Free)

4. CBS News

If you clicked into this article hoping to learn how to watch local news without cable, you're in luck. You have plenty of name-brand options to choose from online. The best app for local news might actually be the CBS News app; you can also watch local news free right from your browser.

The app includes access to local CBS News in all the major metropolitan cities in this country. News from areas like Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Chicago, and Philadelphia are all available for free streaming, local news channels included.

CBS News is one of your most compelling options if you're looking to stay informed on all the ordinary beats in life: the economy, international affairs, sports, and even celebrity gossip if you tune in at the right time.

Download: CBS News for iOS | Android | Roku | (Free)

5. Pluto TV

If you're looking for an app that offers free local news streaming alongside plenty of extra entertainment content, Pluto TV is another great way to watch local news online. This streaming service actually includes a local CBS News feed, as well as a variety of comedy, drama, and documentaries to check out.

If streaming local news channels is your top priority, however, you might want to consider one of these other options over Pluto. It's a great all-around entertainment platform, but its offerings in the way of a diverse selection of local news are much humbler than some of these other heavyweights.

Download: Pluto TV for iOS | Android | Roku (Free)

6. ABC News

The ABC News app offers live prime time news broadcasts, in addition to local news. If you came here looking for the best app for local news, this just might be it.

ABC is home to a selection of curated news streaming, all covering the country's most pressing headlines. Aside from streaming local news for free, you'll also be able to watch ABC originals like Good Morning America, The View, and Nightline, to name a few.

This app for local news is perfect for streaming local news channels, video show recaps, and podcasts, making it a great choice if you're looking for a one-stop-spot for all of your news media needs.

In short, ABC News is an excellent alternative if you're interested in staying updated on both national headlines and local news. If you want to hone in on your own city, you can search for "ABC local" in the app store that you use to find a local ABC News app to watch local news.

Download: ABC News for iOS | Android | Roku (Free)

7. NBC News

NBC News is yet another world-class option when it comes to streaming local, national, and international news. The app streams video and live updates, everything covered by NBC News and MSNBC. You'll also have access to prime time investigative shows such as Nightly News and The Rachel Maddow Show.

This platform is the perfect fit if you are looking to stay on top of prime time national news, trending topics, and local stories. Like most major networks, it also offers regional free streaming news apps that focus on local news; if that's what you're looking for, you can find it by searching "NBC Local" in any major app store.

Download: NBC News for iOS | Android | Roku (Free)

Stay Informed by Watching Streaming News Apps

Year after year, more consumers choose to cut the cord. If you aspire one day to count yourself among them, consider any of the app- and browser-based alternatives mentioned here to be your ticket to live, local news on your terms.

A live, authenticated stream of MLB Network is available on desktop, iPhone, iPad and supported Android phones and tablets to MLB Network subscribers of most of the top pay TV providers in the U.S.

The live stream will include all MLB Network studio shows, original programming, regular season, Postseason and Spring Training game telecasts, and analysis from the best in the business, including Bob Costas, Peter Gammons, Al Leiter, Pedro Martinez, Harold Reynolds, Ken Rosenthal, John Smoltz and Tom Verducci.

If you have questions about your MLB.TV or Postseason.TV account, you can call 866-800-1275.

1. Through which pay TV providers is the MLB Network live stream available?

  • AT&T TV
  • AT&T U-verse
  • Altice One
  • Armstrong
  • Atlantic Broadband
  • Blue Ridge Communications
  • CenturyLink Prism
  • Charter Spectrum
  • Consolidated Communications
  • Cox
  • DirecTV
  • Dish
  • EPB Fiber Optics
  • Grande Communications
  • Home Telecom
  • MetroCast
  • Optimum
  • RCN
  • Service Electric Cablevision
  • Verizon Fios
  • YouTube TV

2. On what devices is the MLB Network live stream available?

The live MLB Network stream is available on iPhone, iPad and supported Android phones and tablets via the MLB app and on PC/Mac through MLBNetwork.com/Watch.

3. How can I access it?

Users may log in to the authenticated MLB Network stream via the MLB app or MLBNetwork.com/Watch with their pay TV provider credentials. You will be required to re-enter your credentials every 30 days in order to re-establish your authorization. Download the MLB app for iPhone, iPad and Android phones and tablets at MLB.com.

4. Will games be subject to local blackouts?

Unless otherwise denoted, MLB Network's regular season games are subject to local blackouts.

MLB Network's Postseason game telecasts can be watched via the MLB Network live stream anywhere in the United States without local blackouts. If your video service provider is offering a free preview and you do not currently subscribe to MLB Network, you are not eligible to watch via the live stream on the MLB app, MLBNetwork.com/Watch and MLB.TV.

If you have questions about your MLB.TV or Postseason.TV account, you can call 866-800-1275.

5. Does this streaming product cost extra?

Access to the MLB Network live stream is included in the user's pay TV subscription. There is no additional cost.

6. Will this be available outside of the U.S.?

At this time, the MLB Network live stream is available only within the United States.

7. Can I access the MLB Network authenticated stream via MLB.TV?

Access to the MLB Network live stream is available in the United States via MLB.TV, MLB app and MLBNetwork.com.

8. Is MLB Network Strike Zone included in the live stream?

At this time, the MLB Network Strike Zone channel is not available via live streaming.

AUTHENTICATION PROCESS

iPhone via MLB app
1. Download the MLB app at MLB.com.
2. Open the MLB app and navigate to the "More" tab.
3. Tap on "MLB Network."
4. Tapping on the "play" icon will initiate the feed; upon first launch, you will be required to enter your Pay TV username and password.
5. If you are experiencing an issue with your Pay TV username and password, you are informed that you are not authorized for the content, or your Pay TV provider is not listed or does not offer the MLB Network, please contact your Pay TV provider directly.
6. Once logged in, you will be taken to a video player to begin the live MLB Network stream.

iPad via MLB app
1. Download the MLB app at MLB.com.
2. Open the MLB app and navigate to the "More" tab.
3. Tap on "MLB Network."
4. Tapping on the "play" icon will initiate the feed; upon first launch, you will be required to enter your Pay TV username and password.
5. If you are experiencing an issue with your Pay TV username and password, you are informed that you are not authorized for the content, or your Pay TV provider is not listed or does not offer the MLB Network, please contact your Pay TV provider directly.
6. Once logged in, you will be taken to a video player to begin the live MLB Network stream.

To watch MLB Network on one of the supported Apple devices below, you must have the latest version of MLB and running iOS operating system version 12.0 or greater.
• iPhone 4 or newer
• iPad 2 or newer
• iPad Mini (all generations)
• iPod Touch 5th generation or newer

Android via MLB app
1. Download the MLB app at MLB.com.
2. Open the MLB app and navigate to the "More" tab.
3. Tap on "MLB Network."
4. Tapping on the "play" icon will initiate the feed; upon first launch, you will be required to enter your Pay TV username and password.
5. If you are experiencing an issue with your Pay TV username and password, you are informed that you are not authorized for the content, or your Pay TV provider is not listed or does not offer the MLB Network, please contact your Pay TV provider directly.
6. Once logged in, you will be taken to a video player to begin the live MLB Network stream.

The MLB app requires a minimum of Android OS version 5.0 or greater and will run on phones, tablets and Kindle Fire/Fire Phone devices. View a list of tested and confirmed Android devices at https://www.mlb.com/apps/mlb-app.

PC/MAC
1. Go to MLBNetwork.com.
2. Click the "Watch Live" button at the top of the page.
3. Choose your TV provider from the list of participating providers.
4. Log in with your provider username and password. Please contact your provider for assistance if you do not recall this information.
5. Once logged in, you will be taken to a video player to begin the live MLB Network stream.

What are the supported platforms for using this product in a browser?
Operating Systems: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, OSX 10.6 (requires Chrome 37), 10.7 10.8, OSX 10.9, OSX 10.10
Connection Speed: Broadband 3000K
Browsers: Internet Explorer 10 (or later), Firefox 31 (or later), Chrome 37 (or later), Safari 7 (or later)
Adobe Flash: We recommend the latest version of the Adobe Flash Player.

TROUBLESHOOTING

Why is my TV provider not shown on your authentication page?

Access to the MLB Network live stream is only available through the participating pay TV providers shown on the authentication page. If your provider is not listed, MLB Network is either not offered by your provider, or the live stream is not available through your provider. Contact your provider and ask for MLB Network, including live streaming, or to find a provider in your area who offers MLB Network go to findmlbnetwork.com. We are adding new providers, so check back soon to see if we've added yours to our list.

I am unable to authenticate with my TV provider account. What can I do?

Let’s face it: No one likes paying for cable. These days, the cost of even the most basic provider plans is enough to stir any stomach. But is there really any alternative? Technically, yes. If you’ve got a Roku streaming device, or if you’re considering picking one up, the popular gadget offers several backdoor portals to some of the greatest local-area content, including news, weather, sports, and more. Read on to discover how to unlock your favorite local streams.

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The world of news congregators

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The Roku Channel Store offers a number of free news congregator channels. Think of these as gateways to a multitude of local news, weather, and sports outlets. While there’s no guarantee you’ll find the exact local affiliates you’re looking for, there’s a good chance you’ll find something close enough to your zip code to satisfy your viewing needs. We’ve broken down several of the best congregators below:

    — NewsOn provides access to more than 275 local stations in more than 160 markets. You can search for affiliates by station or location and store your preferred local providers in the Favorites category. And with the Live Stations feature, you’ll also be notified when certain affiliates go live with the latest local coverage. — Haystack curates a personalized feed of world and local news based on coverage from more than 300 trusted outlets. Within the channel, you can customize your menus based on topics, categories, and providers. — Pluto TV is a great way to catch local coverage from outlets like NBC News, Bloomberg, and more. Better yet, the channel is also a portal to hundreds of free movies and TV shows, all available for streaming. — The CBS News channel connects you to local coverage from CBS’s nine local streams, including Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, and more. You can also watch additional clips and recaps from popular CBS programming like CBS This Morning, CBS Evening News, and 60 Minutes.

Paid channel subscriptions

Paying for a bunch of stations you’ll never watch is a huge waste of money. Nowadays, though, thanks to streaming hardware like the Roku Streaming Stick+, you can pick and choose the TV services you’d like to subscribe to. While you’ll still pay a monthly fee for the following services, it beats the cost of a full bundle of stations you simply won’t use. Below, we’ve broken down some of the best paid stand-alone Roku channels below:

    ($64/month) — YouTube TV lets you stream and record live TV from more than 85 different networks, including local news and sports coverage from various affiliate stations. You can have six YouTube TV accounts per household. ($64/month) — A Hulu + Live TV subscription grants you access to all of Hulu’s movies and shows in addition to popular cable channels like AMC, FX, and HGTV. You can also watch local news and sports coverage from ABC, NBC, FOX, and CBS affiliates. ($64/month) — Free for the first seven days, FuboTV goes heavy on the local sports coverage. You’ll also be able to watch national, international, and regional event coverage from FOX, NBC, Comcast SportsNet, and more. ($35 to $50/month) — Sling TV connects you to news sources like ABC News Live, CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, and various affiliate stations.

Deep dive for affiliate channels

The four major TV networks — ABC, FOX, CBS, and NBC — are each partnered with several regionally based affiliate stations to provide local coverage. Many of these regional stations offer their own streaming apps on the Roku Channel Store. Based on the channel you’ve selected, you’ll get anything from news recaps to video clips and even livestreams. As these are channels designed by the affiliate stations themselves, not every station will be the same in terms of both the user interface and the available content. Popular options include ABC 7 Chicago, NBC 4 New York, FOX 13 Memphis, and WKYT News Kentucky.

You can also scroll through Roku’s lineup of affiliates by navigating to the News and Weather section of the Roku Channel Store.

Adding an OTA antenna

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If you’re looking for a more traditional local network experience, you can always pair an over-the-air antenna with your Roku device. Where antennas were once roof-mounted nightmares, many of today’s OTA antennas are about as big as a dinner plate and require little effort to set up, even if you don’t know how to install an antenna. Connect the coaxial cable to your TV’s coaxial input, run a channel search, and you’re good to go. Do keep in mind that, when it comes to antennas, you’re at the mercy of Mother Nature. Windy and rainy days may cause choppy images on your TV.

Also, unless you’re up for running an intricate in-home splitter system, you’ll need to buy an OTA antenna for each TV you want to get local stations on.