- Roku has partnered with a number of channels to bring new content over to its Roku Channel.
- The new partners include the likes of Starz and Showtime, who are offering content trials at least a week.
- Roku is also covering anime through Viewster and music content through Baeble Music.
The Roku Channel is one of the best places to watch free content, and it is now getting a whole lot more content with Showtime, Starz and Epix set to air their content via the service. Users will be able to sign up for all of the above services as add-on channels. Roku is also opening up its platform and will be available on third-party streaming devices as well.
The new add-on channels available on Roku do not require any pre-requisite subscriptions to be purchased. Simply having a Roku account is enough to add them to the billing cycle. The prices, on the other hand, are the same as what other platforms are asking for so do not expect any launch offers from the service. However, all new partners will be offering trials that will last at least a week.
Even if you own a Roku account and opt for a subscription for any of the new services, you will not be able to access the standalone apps for Showtime, Starz or Epix. All of the add-on content will be available from The Roku Channel only. The Android and iOS apps will be able to stream all of the new content as well, so you do not have to worry about having to rely on mobile browsers to view your favorite TV shows and movies. The platform is also moving out of its standard content and will be offering music and anime as well.
While Roku is not offering anything out of the ordinary, the streamlined experience of being able to access multiple channels on the same platform without requiring a prior subscription like Amazon Prime requires you to have is a big bonus. Apple is also said to be working on a similar service that will also merge Apple Music and News under a single banner.