So what do Roku boxes give for FREE? I've used AppleTV in the past and know it gives very little in the way of free content. There's YouTube and some internet radio stations and that's about it. I know both it and the Roku player are capable of doing NetFlix if you're willing to pay for it, and I know Roku can also do Hulu Plus subscriptions as well as some other paid subs.
My question is this: what can a Roku player stream for free out of the box? Assuming I'm not paying anything per moth to any content providers. I've read that there's a news channel and maybe a few other things but are they any good? I'd appreciate any opinion current owners may have...
I love streaming Netflix on the Roku, but I believe there is also a lot of great free stuff that you can stream on the Roku, including many "private" channels or "beta" channels that aren't listed on Roku's web site. Try Googling "complete list of Roku channels" and look for this list on sites other than Roku's web site for a complete listing of channels. I love Netflix, but can also stay happily entertained with just all of the free channels that you can get on the Roku.
There is alot of free content http://www.roku-channels.com/ . Looking at my roku a couple very good "channels" are : Nowheretv http://www.thenowhereman.com/roku/ (Nowhere TV features free content from providers like HGTV, Food Network, Smithsonian Channel, NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, and CNN as well as local news content from stations around the country) , Newscaster , Playon, CNET, Pandora, Tunein,TWIT, Revision3, HGTV, Chow, CrackleTV.com, JustinTV, CNN,Flixter and media fly gaming... Most of these you add trough Roku channel Store and the others are private codes you easily add to your roku..
@wetwhistle A think he is referring to a channel called "Crunchyroll" has a lot of anime and asian drama shows
The other poster is right...Netflix and Hulu are the reasons to get a Roku... There are tons of channels yes, which in aggregate along with NF and H+ make it quite an entertainment value. Some of the channels I use quite often, but w/o the two paid channels its not worth it. That's not Roku's fault at all, but rather if content providers have something you would want, 9 times out of ten they're not just going to give it away
The Roku Channel Store will give you info on each available channel, including whether it is free, paid (subscription) or pay-per-view. Some of the subscription channels (like for classic movies) are as cheap as $3 per year. Specifics are on the Roku website: http://www.roku.com/roku-channel-store
To find lots of free private channel codes for Roku that aren't in the Channel store yet, go to http://almostaccurate.com/roku/. Also, google private channel codes for Roku occasionally. People are creating them quite frequently now.
From Roku's website. It's still all about selling us something... "Sell in the Channel Store Enroll in Roku Billing Services By enrolling in Roku's Billing Services program you can sell channels, games, apps or content to over three million Roku customers. Roku manages all the customer billing and payment processing. Customers can purchase your channel with a simple click of their remote!"