Best Roku Channels

Answering the question of what are the best Roku channels can be hard to answer. Everyone has their own definition of what “best” means. Maybe we can change the question a bit to instead ask what the most popular or most watched Roku channels are. I realize that popular doesn’t necessarily mean they are the best Roku channels. Continue reading to learn more about the best (or popular) Roku channels.

The easiest way to state what the best Roku channels are is to list the top ten according to Roku itself. So let’s begin:

1. Netflix

best Roku channels Netflix box
This probably wasn’t very hard to guess that Netflix is number one and considered one of the best Roku channels. And they are number one for good reason.  They have the largest selection of streaming movies and television shows you can select from, with most of it available in HD. The ratings on Roku indicate an average of 4.5 stars (out of 5) with over 200,000 people reviewing. My family certainly uses Netflix the most. If you go to the Netflix channel you can sign up for a one month free trial of their service. Highly recommended.

2. Amazon Instant Video

best Roku channels AmazonInstantVideo
Amazon doesn’t have quite the selection of streaming movies and TV shows as Netflix does, but they are still pretty good. Sometimes Amazon has content that Netflix does not (and vice versa). We are Amazon Prime members so we get a lot of content available for streaming with no additional cost. One thing I do like is that you can rent new movies and TV shows – something Netflix doesn’t do.  Amazon Instant Video has an average 3.5 rating from over 46,000 users. You can sign up for a one month free trial here: Amazon Prime.

3. Hulu Plus

best Roku channels HuluPlus
Number three on the list is Hulu Plus. They also offer unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows. However, current TV shows is their main offering. If you’re interested in cutting the cable cord Hulu Plus is one channel that gets you really close to that reality. They have an rating of 3.5 from over 38,000 Roku members.

4. Pandora

best Roku channels Pandora
Number four on the list is Pandora. Unlike the top three they are not a streaming movie/TV service.  Pandora offers streaming music. But what is really cool about Pandora is that it lets you create customizable stations based on your favorite artists or songs. They have over one hundred years of popular recordings to choose from and discover. Definitely one of the best Roku channels you can use. Pandora has an average rating of 4.5 with over 40,000 members reviewing.

5. Crackle

best Roku channels Crackle
Unlike Netflix and Amazon Instant Video, Crackle is a free movie streaming service. They don’t have near the selection of the top two, but it is still fun. Crackle offers full-length movies and television shows in many genres, such as action, comedy, science-fiction, crime and thriller. Crackle has an average rating of 3.5 from close to 30,000 users’ ratings.


best Roku channels HBOGO
If you currently subscribe to HBO then this is one channel you should subscribe to because it is free. You can stream over 1400 HBO series and movies, with every single season available for viewing. Close to 10,000 reviewers have given HBO GO a rating of 4.5.


best Roku channels vudu
With an average rating of 3.5 from over 13,000 users, VUDU is one of the best Roku channels. They are strictly a movie rental service with all the latest new releases. You can choose to own these movies, too. With VUDU there are no subscription or late fees and you just pay for whatever content you watch. They also offer their videos in 1080p and Dolby Digital surround sound.

8. Plex

best Roku channels PLEX
Plex is one of the more interesting best Roku channels. What Plex allows you to do is play a large variety of audio, video and photo formats from your local computer as well as online content using myPlex and the Plex Media Server. When you install the Plex Media Server on your home computer, then add the Plex channel to your Roku, you can view all your video, music and pictures directly on your HDTV. You can also was videos from many websites. I honestly haven’t messed around too much with this service, but I plan to soon and may write a dedicated article on how to use it. Plex as a high rating of 4.5 from over 11,500 users, so it must be good.

9. Disney

best Roku channels Disney
With this channel you can enjoy the magical content of Disney anytime. Enjoy many music videos and clips from favorite Disney stars. This is a free service that has a rating  of 3.5 from close to 12,000 Roku members.

10. Redbox Instant by Verizon

best Roku channels RedboxInstant
I believe Redbox is one of the newer Roku channels. But apparently it must be good to have made it into the top ten of the best Roku channels. Redbox offers new releases at their physical locations plus access to streaming movies. Redbox members get four DVD credits every month plus their streaming library of movies with their subscription. There is an offer for one month of free service to check it out. It has a 3.5 rating from over 1300 Roku members.

So those are the top ten Roku channels. Are they the best Roku channels? Well if popularity has any say in it they certainly are.

Also, check out these channels which I think are really good, too:

Vevo: Music videos and concerts.
best Roku channels vevo

PBS Kids: Great selection of children’s TV shows from PBS.
best Roku channels pbskids

TuneIn Radio: Listen to local stations or anywhere in the world featuring music, sports and news.
best Roku channels tunein


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