Roku just got 16 new free TV channels — what you need to know

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Every day, we see more rising streaming service prices, but Roku's free TV options continue to deliver a salve to help your budget. Its latest arrivals (which are arriving now), even include premium content from HBO.

As reported back in January, a deal between Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) and Roku was struck to bring multiple linear TV channels to these free ad-supported TV (FAST) services. Now, as announced by Cord Cutter News, many those channels are available on Roku today (March 14). 

Three of the the titles that Cord Cutter News said were live are not, including WB TV Watchlist. This is where the "premium" programming, such as Westworld, The Nevers, Raised by Wolves and The Time Traveler's Wife will live. The other channels we haven't seen show up yet are WB TV Keeping It Real and WB TV All Together.

Three Spanish-language ViX channels, plus an MLB channel and a whole channel for the best of the Rhett & Link duo, also arrived. Need more? Pluto TV's added 10 new free TV channels recently, and Plex just added 13 free movies.

But to avoid confusion, we have to remind folks that The Roku Channel can be found outside of Roku devices. You can watch The Roku Channel's programming on the web, as well as via the Roku app on iOS and Android devices. 

Every new free channel coming in The Roku Channel

Here is the full list of new channels that are coming to on The Roku Channel. Channels that haven't actually arrived yet are highlighted as such.

  • Mythical 24/7 — Content from the world of internet duo Rhett & Link, including Mythical Kitchen, Good Mythical Morning and other Mythical content
  • MLB — A free version of The MLB Channel with classic games and highlights, rewinding the calendar to some of the biggest World Series moments ever
  • ViX Grande Parejas — Your home for soapy telenovelas
  • ViX Jajaja — Laughs come in all shapes and sizes on this Spanish-language network
  • ViX Villanos de Novelas — Love your soap operas with villainy? You're in luck
  • WB TV At the Movies — A little nostalgia is all some people want, and this channel will deliver films from the '70s, ‘80s and ‘90s.
  • WB TV Sweet Escapes — Dessert-focused reality TV content including Cake Boss, Extreme Cake Makers and Cake Wars
  • WB TV Paws & Claws — Pets and other animals live here, expect shows such as Dogs 101 and My Cat from Hell
  • WB TV Slice of Life — Reality TV shows including Extreme Couponing, Breaking Amish and My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding
  • WB TV Love & Marriage — Yes, there's enough wedding-focused reality TV for a whole channel, with programming including Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta, Four Weddings, A Wedding Story
  • WB TV Family Rules — Surprising stories are told by real-life families on programming such as Long Lost Family, The Little Couple and My Five Wives
  • WB TV Welcome Home — Real estate and home decor programming including Bahamas Life, Buying Hawaii and Caribbean Life
  • WB TV How To – Find the answers to some of the world’s most interesting questions with these curiosity-inspiring series including How It’s Made, How to Build Everything and How the Earth Works
  • WB TV Supernatural — Too-tall tales get told here, with programming including Ghost Brothers, Paranormal Lockdown and Ghost Asylum
  • WB TV Crime Scenes — Need your true crime? WB TV's got a whole channel for that, including shows such as Murder Chose Me, A Crime to Remember, and Murder Comes to Town
  • WB TV Mysteries — Cold cases of varying types are explained on shows including Mysteries at the Museum, Mysteries at the Monument and Off Limits

You don't need a Roku for The Roku Channel

You may think this is just for Roku devices. You'd be wrong. 

The Roku Channel is available on Fire TV, select Samsung TVs, as well as iOS and Android.

You can also just pull up The Roku Channel on the web.

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Henry T. Casey
Managing Editor (Entertainment, Streaming)

Henry is a managing editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past seven years. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. He's also covered the wild world of professional wrestling for Cageside Seats, interviewing athletes and other industry veterans.