Five Roku Channels that Rock

Five Roku Channels that Rock!

Five Roku channels which made a big splash this year

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It's been another incredible year for Roku, the humble media streamer that started out with just a handful of channels is now more popular than ever. At last count, there are over 5000+ Public and Private Roku channels. The more popular ones can be found by viewing our Roku Private Channels List

And if it's hidden, Roku Private Channel Codes you're after, you can find them all as well.

While there were hundreds of new channels released, here are five Roku channels that generated a lot of buzz in our awesome Roku Rocks Facebook Group this past year.

XTV Roku Channel - If there was ever a private channel that has generated more praise and also complaints when it does not work it's XTV! This channel should really be at the top of your list if you want to watch Free full TV Shows and movies on your Roku. XTV feature live IPTV channels but be warned these channels come and go and don't always work. Live TV channels sometimes also freeze for several seconds every few minutes so they can be difficult to watch. This is not the fault of the channel rather the nature of free IPTV. Servers can become overloaded at certain times and this is when you notice it the most. If you want to watch live cable TV channels, or a 100% reliable channel, a paid streaming service is really still the best way to go.

If you can enjoy XTV for what it is without getting bent out of shape if certain aspects of the channel won't work. XTV does offer a huge library of full on demand TV shows and movies, and they are all commercial free.

Their channel gets updates quite frequently, so there is a lot of new content being added all the time. The best way to make sure you get the latest content is to do a manual update by going to Settings/System on your Roku and then choose the Check for Updates menu. Once your Roku has finished updating the new content should then be accessible in the XTV channel.

If you don't manually check for updates, your Roku will automatically update every evening when there is no activity.

XTV Roku Channel

CBS All Access Roku Channel - This is a subscription channel that will let you watch over 8,500+ Episodes on Demand. Plus watch Live CBS TV as well.  Be sure to take advantage of their Free 7-day trial and check out CBS ALL Access for yourself.

DirecTV Now -  is a new streaming TV service from AT&T that just came out and made a big splash recently when they announced they are giving away a Free Fire TV Stick with a one month pre-paid subscription and a Free Apple TV if you pre-pay for 4 months. They also offered an introductory price of 100+ channels for $35 for life or (unless their channel partners raise prices).

DirecTV Now has a Roku channel and it seems quite popular because there is no long term commitment like there is when you sign up for their satellite TV service. They have both live channels and on demand content. You can even try it free for 7-days.

PlayStation Vue Roku Channel - This Roku channel like DirecTV Now is a live cable TV streaming channel. Vue users can subscribe to many of the same channels that are typically available with a Cable TV or Satellite subscription.

Many who have tired Vue, Sling TV and DirecTV Now seem to like the user interface and streaming experience on PlayStation Vue best. All three channels offer free trials so you can judge for yourself which you may enjoy more.

Sony Vue Channel Guide

Playboy Now Roku Channel - If you enjoy sexy Playboy Bunnies, this Free Roku channel may be perfect for you. If you are hoping for full nudity, you will be in for a let down. That requires a subscription to the Premium Playboy adult channel.

Nevertheless, this channel offers some great sexy videos, great background info on the models and is perfect for those that may have only bought Playboy magazine in the past just for reading the articles.


It was great while it lasted. For some reason Playboy decided to remove their channel from Roku.

If ADULT content is what you want to watch on your Roku, here is a long list of Private Adult Roku channels you can watch instead.

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