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Roku Now Offers the Roku Channel for Free Mobile Streaming

Irene Hawkins

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Roku Now Offers the Roku Channel for Free Mobile Streaming

Whether you use Roku or not, you can now enjoy the Roku channel on your mobile device. Roku is launching a mobile app for the Roku Channel, which hosts free shows you can stream on your devices. 

The Roku Channel Mobile App

Earlier, non-Roku users can only access the Roku Channel on the web. But with the app, they can use the Channel on their mobile. Gizmodo says that the Roku Channel mobile app will be on iOS and Android. However, the new app wouldn’t replace the Roku app that lets you control your devices. The new Roku Channel app should simply attract non-Roku users to the platform. 

What Can I Watch on the Roku Channel?

Aside from Roku’s free content, you can also subscribe to paid channels like IFC Films Unlimited, HBO, and Showtime, among others. The Roku Channel allows you to curate your programming. Other streaming services don’t give users the same freedom. However, you should still watch your subscriptions since the costs do add up. You’ll just be paying for all of them at once. 

Roku Channel’s Competition

Currently, YouTube rules over the free content landscape. The service hosts free videos on literally every topic you can think of. Also, hundreds of content creators upload videos on YouTube every day.

Roku wants to compete with YouTube by giving access to everyone. The company also separates itself from YouTube by hosting TV shows and movies. Gizmodo notes that YouTube hasn’t done well in moving toward TV. 

How the Roku Channel stacks up against other streaming services would be interesting to see. 

Irene grew up in Dayton, Ohio, and now lives in New York as a full-time environmentalist and a part-time journalist. She was previously an editor at local online newspaper, where she wrote about topics including technology, finance and the media industry.

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