How to Watch Live TV on A Roku

So your friend told you how they cut the cord and saved a bunch of money just by purchasing a Roku. So you run out and buy one, set it up, and confusing look at your TV. Where are the local channels? Where are my cable channels? Today I’ll explain what to do when you want to watch live TV on your Roku device.

Live TV Apps on Roku

In order to watch Live TV on your Roku, you are going to need to subscribe to a Live TV streaming service.  Below are my favorites on Roku.

Hulu Live TV

Most remember Hulu for the ability to stream TV Shows and movies on demand, but they also have one of the best Live TV streaming services around. You get 50+ live channels for just $44.99 and they cover your live local broadcast networks like ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC in most markets. Check out their 1-week free trial to see what is available.

You’ll also get channels like A&E, Boomerang, Bravo, BTN, Cartoon Network, CBS Sports Network, CNBC, CNN, CNNi, Disney, Disney Junior, Disney XD, E!, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPN-U, Food Network, Fox Business, Fox News, FreeForm, FS1, FS2, FX, FXM, FXX, FYI, Golf, HGTV, HLN, Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Network, MSNBC, National Geographic, Nat GEO Wild, NBCSN, Oxygen, Pop, SEC Espn, Sprout, Syfy, TBS, History, Travel, TNT, TruTV, Turner Classic Movies, USA, Viceland and more.

They even allow you to add premium channels like HBO, Showtime, and Cinemax. You will also have access to one of the most robust TV on demand libraries available. For more information on all the features, Hulu offers, check out my review of Hulu.


Philo is one of the cheapest ways to watch those channels you used to get with cable live on Roku. Philo keeps prices as low as $20 a month by eliminating local channels and sports from their lineup. Their service includes the following:

A&E, AMC, AXSTV, BBC America, BBC World News, BET, Cheddar, CMT, Comedy Central, Discovery, DIY, Food Network, FYI, GSN, HGTV, IFC, ID, LifeTime, LifeTime Movies, MTV, MTV2, Nick, Own, Sci, Paramount Channel (formerly Spike), Sundance TV, Nick Jr, Teen Nick, History, TLC, Travel Channel, TV Land, Velocity, VH1, Viceland, and more.

They even offer a free trial without a credit card. Check out our review of Philo for more information.

Sling TV

Another option for watching live TV on Roku is Sling TV. Sling TV provides many options to mix and match packages to get the channels you want. The price starts at $25 and they offer a mix of local broadcast networks, channels you’ll find on cable, and premiums channels like HBO. They also offer a 1-week free trial. Be sure to check out our lengthy review of Sling TV for all the details of the service.


FuboTV is a live streaming service available on Roku that original focused on sports content, but has expanded to cover most major channels you’ll find on cable. They even offer your live local Fox, CBS, and NBC affiliates in most parts of the country.

You’ll be able to watch the following channels live on Roku with FuboTV:

AMC, BBC America, IFC, Sundance, WE TV, CSN, NBCSN, FS1, FS2, NBA TV, NFL Network, beIN SPORTS (including beIN Sports 1-10), beIN SPORTS Español, Univision, Univision Televisa Deportes Network, HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, Bravo, FX, National Geographic, USA, CNBC, CNBC World, Big Ten Network (BTN), Pac-12 Network, Fox Soccer Plus, FXX, FX Movie Channel, Viceland, Golf Channel, Fox News, Fox Business, MSNBC, E!, Local Now, The Weather Channel, Syfy, A&E, History, Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Network Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, Sprout, Nat Geo Wild, Unimas, El Rey Network, Fuse, Revolt, FYI, Oxygen, Eleven Sports, Galavision,  FuboTV Network,  and Football Report TV (which reports soccer, my fellow Americans)

Be sure to check out our full review of FuboTV for more details.

Other Live Channels on Roku

Channels similar to the ones I’ve previously mentioned are YouTube TV and DirecTV Now. They also offer a good mix of live local, cable, and premium networks. There are also specific channels on Roku to watch Live Sports. There are also specialty channels like NewsON, that lets you watch live, local TV newscasts for free.

So your friend was half right. All you need is is a Roku and maybe this article to ditch cable once and for all.

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With 58 live channels and a cloud DVR for just $20 per month, Philo TV is one of the best deals you 'll find online. Try a Free Trial to Philo Now! No credit card required!

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Dennis Restauro: Dennis is the editor in chief at Grounded Reason. Before writing about using technology to save you money he spent 20 years working in the tech sector as a sysadmin, an analyst, and an enterprise architect.
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