Some of the most popular channels on Roku, as of 2015, include Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video and Sling Television. Other popular Roku channels are HBO GO, Crackle and PBS.
Roku service consists of streaming players that deliver TV shows and channels directly to a TV over the Internet. Depending on the type of player, Roku players connect directly to TVs through the HDMI outlets or through composite cables. Roku devices consists of the Roku streaming stick, Roku streaming players, and Roku smart TVs. Each device offers hundreds of free channels, and customers can also choose whether to purchase a subscription to individual channels or rent a particular show or movie individually.
There are no recurring fees to own a Roku device. Instead, Roku players are sold for a one-time price listed on the website. It is required to have Internet to utilize Roku players, and it is recommended to have an Internet speed of at least 3 megabits per second download. Roku also offers accessories for its devices, such as the Roku 3 enhanced game remote with channel shortcut buttons, Roku standard remote and Roku premium in-ear headphones.
Roku offers an app compatible with Apple, Android and Windows devices. Customers can connect with Roku on its website or on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the Roku Blog.
More than 30 million people have a membership to Netflix, and in addition to watching it on mobile devices, members can watch the channel directly through the Roku device. Hulu Plus is a subscription service available through Hulu, and like Netflix, those with a subscription can log into the service through the Roku device. Amazon Instant Video is a similar channel on the Roku for those who subscribe to Amazon Prime.
Sling TV lets members watch television stations through the Roku for about $20 each month. Some of the available channels include CNN, TNT and TBS. HBO GO, the subscription service for HBO viewers, features every episode of the best HBO shows, including all HBO original series such as "True Blood," "Game of Thrones" and "Silicon Valley."
Crackle is another popular Roku channel and offers free on-demand movies and shows through the Roku device. PBS also has a Roku channel that lists thousands of videos for viewers in genres such as technology, nature, culture and science. This channel also includes content from local PBS stations.