Roku has just added 25 live TV channels to The Roku Channel, in what seems like perfect timing. Considering its recent battle with Google over YouTube TV.
Now these channels won’t replace YouTube TV, but they are free, live-streaming TV channels that every Roku user will get to watch. Here are the channels that are launching today:
Roku now has over 190 free linear TV channels available for free
Since launching The Roku Channel a couple of years ago, Roku has really been pushing to add more and more content to it. Giving its users a way to watch a load of free content, while it makes money from the ads. For Roku, this is a way to keep bringing in money, after the user buys its hardware. As typically, Roku users don’t upgrade their hardware every year or even every two years.
With the addition of these 25 channels, there are now 190 channels available on The Roku Channel. But you’ll notice that there aren’t any cable channels like ESPN, BET, or ComedyCentral available. And that’s where a service like YouTube TV would fit in. So while this is good timing for Roku, since YouTube TV was taken off of its platform, it doesn’t really replace YouTube TV, yet.
Google and Roku are supposedly still in talks to bring the service back to Roku, but it’s unlikely that it’ll be brought back. As Roku is sticking to its guns and not letting Google do whatever they want, on its platform.