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Channels that offer free shows

Are there any channels that offer full episodes of shows for free, albeit with commercials? I'm not imagining anything like a show that aired last night in primetime on a major network, but things like from like the Discovery Channel and Food Network?
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jeffrok
Level 11

Re: Channels that offer free shows

Ha, most people consider Discovery and Food networks too be "major" networks.. albeit cable channels...

The Food Network, TLC, E! and others offer limited free content on their Roku channels.. you get much more of you have an existing cable subscription.

There are channels like Crackle and the Roku Channel that offer free movies and TV (with ads).. Vudu also has free movies with ads. Those are good places to start.
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BobRoberts
Level 7

Re: Channels that offer free shows

It won't be free but....$6 a month sounds like a deal if you are into these channels... https://www.wsj.com/articles/discovery- ... 1520365137
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mikebdoss
Level 7

Re: Channels that offer free shows

"BobRoberts" wrote:
It won't be free but....$6 a month sounds like a deal if you are into these channels... https://www.wsj.com/articles/discovery- ... 1520365137

If you're gonna spend money at all, I'd bump that $6 to $8, and get Hulu, which has TV shows (and some movies) from all over the place. 
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Basil
Level 10

Re: Channels that offer free shows

^ This ^

I’ve used Hulu for years, and in my opinion, for the money is the best way to watch current TV (broadcast and cable) content, a bunch of older content, and a decent selection of movies.

It doesn’t have everything, but nothing does.
Basil
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BobRoberts
Level 7

Re: Channels that offer free shows

$8 Hulu is VOD unless you sub to their $35 plus "live" plan. Sounds like the proposed Discovery package is live with VOD library. Great deal if you want live cable like channels. Cheaper than Philo but I don't like Viacom channels so Philo is a no go for me.
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jeffrok
Level 11

Re: Channels that offer free shows

I rarely watch live TV anymore, unless it's one of those "You GOTTA see it tonight!" type shows (finales, premieres, sporting events).. I am totally fine watching everything else on demand.

I live 90 percent off of Netflix and Hulu, and the occasional Amazon Prime.
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Re: Channels that offer free shows

I use Netflix and Hulu exclusively (With the occasional Showtime and HBO if there are new episodes of Shameless of Game of Thrones). I was thinking for my mother and stepfather though. They have a Roku 3, and while they do have Netflix, they don't have Hulu. They also don't have cable or satellite
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Basil
Level 10

Re: Channels that offer free shows

"kturcotte1980" wrote:
I use Netflix and Hulu exclusively (With the occasional Showtime and HBO if there are new episodes of Shameless of Game of Thrones). I was thinking for my mother and stepfather though. They have a Roku 3, and while they do have Netflix, they don't have Hulu. They also don't have cable or satellite

CW and Comet offer their content free. CW is VOD while Comet is live. Neither programming may suit their tastes, though. Also, Pluto TV. ShoutFactory TV. Smithsonian. PBS. Flickstream TV. Popcorn Flix.

A&E networks (A&E, History, etc) offer limited content that doesn’t require authentication. Jeffrok mentioned some others earlier.

Have you gone to the Channel Store and read the descriptions? Streaming Channels > Movies & TV

You could try them on your Roku first, of course, and see how reliable and user-friendly each is before making a recommendation to them. I’m assuming they have a separate Roku account?
Basil
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