Save your FREE seat for Streaming Media Connect this August. Register Now!

Roku Brings the Ad-Supported Roku Channel to All Web Viewers

Article Featured Image

Viewers no longer need a Roku device or TV to watch the company's ad-supported Roku Channel. As of today, the free entertainment platform is available through any desktop or mobile browser at TheRokuChannel.com. Registered viewers will get on-demand ad-supported movies and shows from a variety of providers, as well as live news feeds. The online experience will be exactly the same as that offered on the current Roku Channel in the Roku OS. Roku debuted the channel in September 2017 and added live news feeds in April 2018.

In the coming months Roku will offer a Roku Channel app on Samsung connected TVs, as well.

Roku points out that the Roku Channel is currently the platform's fifth most popular streaming channel based on active account reach, and that the number of streaming hours it delivers doubled between December 2017 and June 2018, but declines to provide other performance metrics.

The company is making a change to its Roku OS, as well, one designed to surface ad-supported content. Starting today in a phased rollout, Roku device and TV users will see a new option in the left-hand navigation called Featured Free. This will direct them to current-season TV shows and movies from The Roku Channel and network partners including ABC, The CW, CW Seed, Fox, Freeform, Pluto TV, Sony Crackle, Tubi and others. The user interface will highlight new and returning shows, helping viewers catch up on programs they've missed.

In today's changes, Roku is making the most of advertiser demand for premium brand-safe inventory, especially in the living room where viewers are much more likely to sit through commercials. A Roku representative notes the company is the first OTT platform to offer Nielsen DAR (Digital Ad Ratings) guarantees.

The Roku Channel on mobile

Streaming Covers
for qualified subscribers
Subscribe Now Current Issue Past Issues
Related Articles

Adobe Announces First-Party Ad Data Partnership With Roku

Advertisers will be able to target likely prospects at scale, buy OTT ads programmatically, and measure the results. The partnership could be a win for Adobe, Roku, and even the viewers.

Roku Expands Ad-Supported Options With Entertainment and Sports

As Roku transitions from hardware to advertising, creating content partnerships is crucial. Viewers now have more free options to watch.

Amazon Announces 4K Streaming Stick, Plus Alexa Voice Remote

The lowest-priced stick device for 4K video—as well as Dolby Vision and HDR-10+ support—the Fire TV Stick 4K lists for $49.99.

Roku Turns Up the Volume with Roku TV Wireless Speakers

Arriving in late October, Roku's speakers offer simple setup and two remotes. But what about the whole home licensing program the company recently announced?

Roku Channel to Stream Live News With ABC, Cheddar, People, Newsy

The ad-supported Roku Channel will gain live news feeds in May, as well private listening support for up to four devices per account.

Roku Moves Beyond the TV, Creates Whole Home Licensing Program

Not content with owning the living room, Roku wants to link smart speakers and soundbars in a home entertainment network.