The Roku Channel has recently announced that it will soon introduce premium subscriptions. That will include Showtime, Starz, and Epix, and some other premium networks. The Roku Channel isn’t just limited to Roku hardware but it is also available on many other devices too.
Now one of drawback about Roku’s solution is that even with a subscription, you won’t be able to log into the standalone apps for these channels. Content can only be viewed through The Roku Channel that means you cant download those apps Roku and to youe home screen for fast access. Now the other question is where and how you can watch The Roku Channel. Currently it’s available on Roku devices, select Samsung smart TVs, and on both the desktop and mobile web. Roku says that its main app on Android and iOS will soon integrate The Roku Channel, which will make getting to it a little more convenient than opening Safari or Chrome. Once you’ve created an account you can resume movies and shows across devices.
Roku recently said that adding subscriptions is a one-click affair from any subscription channel page, and all participating partners will offer free trials of at least one week. The company plans to enhance search on The Roku Channel to make content from your premium channels quicker to find.
Here is a list of channels that will be soon be available on The Roku Channel:
- Baeble Music
- CollegeHumor’s DROPOUT
- The Great Courses Signature Collection
- Magnolia Selects presented by Magnolia Pictures
- MHz Choice
- Smithsonian Channel Plus
- Viewster Anime
- Many More to be announced.