As you already may know, Roku is a business company which makes successful media players which will change your normal TV into a smart TV — for that all you require is an internet connection. This uses a simple interface that will let you obtain various streaming apps to see your favorite shows and movies on famous services like Netflix, Disney+, Sling TV, Amazon Prime, HBO Now, and many more. There are also several separate Roku streaming sticks and boxes to pick from, with specific models fit for particular needs and budgets. One of the most used features of Roku is the support of private channels. In this article, we have listed 20 Roku private channels.
What are Roku private channels?
- What are Roku private channels?
- Why are these channels called private?
- How to install Roku private channels
- How to remove a Roku private channel
- The Best Roku Private Channels List
- 1. Boomerang
- 2. Vimeo
- 3. Curiousity Stream
- 4. Red Bull TV
- 5. TED
- 6. The Silent Movie Channel
- 7. Cowboy Classic Channel
- 9. WeatherNation
- 10. Pluto TV
- 11. Acorn TV
- 12. Tubi TV
- 13. The Roku Channel
- 14. FilmOn.TV
- 15. Shout Factory TV
- 16. Crunchyroll
- 17. Shudder TV
- 18. Newsy
- 19. TWiT TV
- 20. Artcast
Roku private channels are “secret” or “non-certified” channels that are not found in the Roku channel store, no matter how hard you search for them.
Why are these channels called private?
These channels are recognized as “private” due to the given reasons:
- These channels can be in beta mode and are not developed fully for the Roku channel store
- Some of these channels can include adult or uncertain videos that are not compliant with Roku’s conditions of service
- They are mostly addressed to a cranny & limited audience
Also, Roku private channels will need to be manually installed in your Roku account using the channel access codes, which will provide the required access.
How to install Roku private channels
If you follow the instructions given here about how to install Roku private channels in your Roku device:
- Open the official Roku Website and then sign in to your account. If you don’t have a Roku account, create an account.
- If any instructions are needed, You can refer to the Roku Setup Guide on the official Roku website.
- Now, Choose “Add channel with a code” from the manage account section.
- You will then be led to the Add channel page.
- Enter your desired code in the channel access code. A quick tip: I’ll also give you many access codes at the bottom of this article.
- For this example, if you are adding the 247 Retro Internet Television. The code is 247retro and then click Add channel.
- Then a warning message will appear stating that it is a private channel and will require parental consent for some. Then click OK.
- Then select “Yes add the channel.”
That’s it! The Roku private channel you added is now connected to your account.
Also, To get to the access private channels on your Roku device follow the instructions given below.
- Open your Roku device.
- Scroll down and select Settings.
- Then click System.
- Choose System update. Select Check now. Click OK.
- Come back to the Roku Home screen by pressing the back button in your remote.
- Go to the right side of the screen and go to the bottom of the list of your channels.
- You can see the private channel you installed there.
You can now be able to use your private channel.
How to remove a Roku private channel
- Float on the channel which you desire to remove and then click on the options button in your remote.
- Then select Remove channel. Click Remove.
- Now, your Roku private channel is removed.
The Best Roku Private Channels List
- Curiosity Stream
- Red Bull TV
- The Silent Movie Channel
- Cowboy Classic Channel
- Nowhere TV
- Pluto Tv
- Acorn TV
- Tubi TV
- The Roku Channel
- Shout Factory TV
- Shudder TV
- TWiT TV
Also, Before proceeding read our guide on why you can not install Kodi on Roku. Kodi is an amazing media center software but unfortunately, it is not supported on Roku.
This channel has all types of cartoons that include classic characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Popeye, Scooby-Doo, The Smurfs, Tom and Jerry, and many more.
This is a paid channel.
This has unique, creative content uploads from new filmmakers that must go through Vimeo’s submission and approval route, also with select on-demand films and series.
User-uploaded content should be presented in HD and Ad-free. You don’t need to pay for viewing its content but for on-demand movies, there’s a subscription fee.
3. Curiousity Stream
For all the science people out there, this is the channel that offers you the best videos related to science. This is a paid channel. This offers an exclusive series and films. It is add-free
4. Red Bull TV
If you’re interested in travel and sports this is the best channel for you. This focuses on intense and adventure sports such as off-road biking and motoring, cliff diving, climbing, skiing, snowboarding, flying, surfing, and more.
This also includes music, dance, and culture programs that will expose you to competitions and festivals from around the World.
TED is an explanation for Technology, Entertainment, and Design.
This is about the free “lectures” which are presented in front of a live audience in places all over the world. These are presented by experts, and this is a free channel.
Here is a guide on installing a Ted channel on Roku.
6. The Silent Movie Channel
This Channel features some best movies from the past years of filmmaking for free on your TV through Roku.
This has all types of old films and shows.
7. Cowboy Classic Channel
The Classic Cowboy Channel stars films from the ’30s and ’40s, and much more. If you want to view old classics this is the channel for that. You can be able to get the free subscription by using a code of all caps COWBOY in the access code but there will be ads
8. Nowhere TV
This channel has a mix of all the interesting videos, movies and Tv shows from all over the world.This includes different genres in it, it is also free but has ads.
With this channel, you will be able to check out the current weather conditions in your area and the weather in areas given by the National Weather Service. Also, it has weather stories that will explain what is happening and why.
It is a free channel but has ads.
10. Pluto TV
Pluto TV gives access to more than 100 free sources of news, sports, TV shows, music, and over 1,000 movies that you can add by the Roku Channel Store.
This also is a free channel but features many ads.
11. Acorn TV
If you want to watch all the British movies and shows, then Acorn TV is the best channel for you.
This had a very extensive library with many movies and TV shows.
12. Tubi TV
Tubi TV is a free channel with ads. It has a huge library of movies and a large number of TV shows.
It also has many genres to choose from, but it doesn’t offer 4K content.
13. The Roku Channel
Roku does not only offer over 5,000 channels, but they also have their channel. This is an impressive mix of content that gives users a much more compact variant of everything Roku offers. It provides both free and paid content.
FilmOn TV is one of the best private channels in Roku. It offers international Channels from the UK, France, Germany, India, Russia, Slovakia, and more in their native languages. It has both free and paid.
15. Shout Factory TV
Are you a fan of cult standing low Budget-movies and old TV shows, then Shout Factory TV is the channel you should have. It is a free app and has ads.
It has a massive film and TV show archives to draw from, with numerous genres.
This has its original series also to choose from.
If are an anime fan, you should have Crunchyroll. It is from the Channel Store, which offers almost every series of anime. It has two paid plans, Basic and Premium. The difference is the premium has ad-free, air episodes minutes after they air on Japanese TV and also offers discounts on products sold on Crunchyroll, allows the users to talk with the creators of the anime.
17. Shudder TV
For a fan of suspense, horror, and thrillers then your favorite channel is to be Shudder TV by the Channel Store. This channel has many classic horrors, suspense, and thriller movies. It also has many series and podcasts in addition to movies. Although it is a paid channel if you love this genre this is a must.
Almost all of the cable TV channels opinionated, but this channel is the best when it comes to news.
Newsy has stories from all around the world in simple videos that tell the story, with analysis without debating by a biased host.
This is a free channel. But, there are ads in between.
19. TWiT TV
TWiT is a free channel but will have ads and is available through the Roku Channel Store providing both live and recorded content. It means This Week In Tech.
This has a review of the major tech news of the previous week, with analysis, and viewer call-ins.
This Roku Channel can be used as both a screensaver and an art gallery.
This is a paid channel and it features about 400 galleries, more than 20,000 photos, videos also new galleries are added every week.
Also, these are auto looped, which means they will continue to play on. But, if you’re using Artcast Lit, there will be ads between opening a new gallery.
They include Classical Art, Contemporary Art, Nature, and Scenic, Travel, and Culture
Though there are hundreds of private channels offered by Roku, these are the 20 best channels which I felt will cover all the genres well. I hope this article will help you in choosing the desired channel for you!