Q. I have Roku and I love it. But I get frustrated sometimes because they are always adding channels and I don’t even know. How can I tell when Roku has added new channels so I can check them out? — Wayne, Fairfax, Virginia.
Wayne, you make a good point. Roku, which is available via Net TV devices, televisions and HDMI sticks, streams thousands of channels. Roku defines a channel as any content source that deliver video streaming. For instance, Netflix is a channel; Hulu is a channel and so on.
Roku’s lineup is incredibly varied, ranging from subscription-based services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video and Sling TV to On Demand programs from channels such as HBO, Showtime, FX, Disney Junior, A&E and PBS to the esoteric such as ParanormalReality.TV and Cultorama.TV. Many of the more obscure channels are free, although some are a bit rough around the edges.
But how can you tell when Roku has added a new channel that you might want to check out?
There are two main ways.
One, if you own a Roku device or TV, you can go to the ‘Streaming Channels’ section in the Main Menu. Under Streaming Channels, click on ‘New Channels’ and you will see a list of channels that have recently been added.
The current list includes Weed and Whiskey (self-explanatory); Real Wild Girls (uh, probably self-explanatory, too, but it comes with a warning that it’s meant for adults); The Killer Movie Channel (horror films)l; Fox Pro Hunting TV (coyote hunting); and IgboWeddings.TV (all about Nigerian weddings).
I told you the list is esoteric.
Another good source for new Roku channels is RokuGuide.com. The site publishes an array of interesting features on Roku and related products, including updates for when the company adds new channels.
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