Roku’s new ad-supported channel lets you watch a bunch of movies for free

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Andrew Cunningham

Movie buffs in search of titles to look at now have a brand new choice on Roku gadgets. Roku introduced that its new channel (aptly dubbed The Roku Channel) is now out there for all US customers which have a Roku gadget made after June 2011. This channel has a bunch of flicks from studios together with Lionsgate, MGM, Paramount, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Warner Brothers which can be out there to look at free of charge with commercials.

Roku revealed plans for this channel a couple of month in the past, however now it has rolled out to all prospects with appropriate gadgets. Roku has curated content material collections previously, like its Roku Recommends and 4K Spotlight sections. But now the corporate is actively looking for licensing agreements with studios to supply films and TV exhibits on The Roku Channel. In addition to large studios, the channel additionally has content material from smaller corporations together with Popcornflix and American Classics.

After including the channel to your Roku homepage (it is beneath the “Featured,” “New and Notable,” and “Movies and TV” sections within the Streaming Channels setting), you possibly can watch any of the out there titles free of charge. There will probably be adverts all through the film, so it will be extra just like watching a film on a broadcast community than streaming one on Netflix. And do not count on to see the most recent films or the newest seasons of your favourite TV exhibits on The Roku Channel: since viewing is free, a lot of the content material out there is older. Roku cites Mission: Impossible three, Beauty Shop, Philadelphia, and Zookeeper as only a few of the choices out there.

If you avoid adverts as a lot as potential, you most likely will not like Roku’s technique for the longer term. At the time of the corporate’s IPO (which was mere weeks in the past), Roku said it will focus extra on promoting commercials and distributing content material. The Roku Channel is probably going the primary of many ad-supported, curated channels we’ll see from Roku going ahead. However, that does not imply Roku will abandon —the corporate just lately introduced 5 new streaming merchandise to its gadget household, in addition to the Roku OS eight software program replace.


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