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Reel Rookie

History Channel Is not free!

For the longest time we watched History Channel free streaming.  We watch Skinwalker ranch and others the week after the main showing. Now it shows a lock key on it and says must have a subscription, I think that is so wrong since steaming is FREE and watched it for years. Fix this 

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Re: History Channel Is not free!

The History channel app is a TV Everywhere app. Full access is linked to having a matching cable/satellite/streaming TV subscription. Did you once have cable/satellite TV and had it linked? Those links eventually expire.

This has nothing to do with Roku. It's the provider limited access to those who pay. They may also have offered limited access without a subscription. With all the corporate belt tightening going on, they may be reducing what is available for free.

Reel Rookie

Re: History Channel Is not free!

No I do not have cable or satellite. When the shows play live it will be lock but a week later it was unlocked.


I have had this for over 3 years with Ruko it only changed at beginning after the 3rd episode this year!

Ruko says download History channel for FREE streaming in HD. 

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Re: History Channel Is not free!

Hi @DFA1,

Thank you for this post!

Please be advised that thousands of channels are available on Roku that can be installed. You can install almost any channel for free but must be authorized to use it. Several providers offer a free trial, but it still requires creating a subscription with them and a payment method. Some channels are only available if you have a TV provider. That provider could be cable, satellite, or one of several online providers. But those all require a subscription as well.

Roku is a platform that holds several channels and content; in this case, you'll want to contact the channel provider's support directly to inquire further about this concern. Many channels on Roku are developed and maintained by the channel providers themselves. To learn more, you can refer to this support article: Why is an app no longer available on my Roku streaming device?

For further assistance or inquiries, kindly let us know.

All the best,

Nadee K.
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Re: History Channel Is not free!


Roku does not charge you to download and install the History channel app.

Roku does not charge you to use the History channel app.

History themselves require you to have a TV Provider account in order to view the content on the History channel app.

If History has changed its policy and no longer unlocks on-demand programs a week after they played live, that's up to History, not Roku.

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