Roku’s free movie channel launches on PC and mobile

Roku's free streaming service is on the web now

Now you can enjoy all the same free movies, TV shows, and live news you get on your Roku player on other devices.

Before you start streaming you'll need to make an account with Roku - whether you own a Roku player or not - but that seems like a small price to pay for free content.

The Roku Channel, launches as a free data- and ad-supported streaming service in 2017, is now available through web browsers.

The Roku Channel is now the fifth-most popular streaming channel on the Roku platform based on active accounts. “By expanding The Roku Channel to the Web, were broadening the access points to high-quality, free streaming entertainment. The streaming service is free because it is ad-supported and because Roku is collecting user data in order to create a “next-generation ad platform”. Roku made phase one of that plan official when it announced in March that it would bring the Roku Channel to Samsung TVs - something that is being realized this week as well. The service is also available on tablets and smartphones, but it appears you have to access it using the mobile browser.


- “We want to be the best destination for free streaming entertainment. This also allows Roku owners to start watching a show on their phone, and then finish watching it on their Roku-equipped TV at home.

The catch, in case you haven't caught on, is that these shows and movies will all include advertisements - sometimes just as many as you'd see if you were to watch the show or movie on cable.

Featured Free will begin here in the USA through a phased roll out, with players and TVs receiving the update in the coming weeks.

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