How to Stream Movies with Roku

Roku devices are simple to set-up and easy-to-use. It comes with some powerful features like Roku Search which makes it effortless to find whatever you want to watch. It also allows you to access 4,000+ free and paid channels. So, you can stream almost anything. The Roku streaming players needs an Internet access to stream contents.

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The Roku streaming players are more comfort, convenient, and cost effective way to watch TV. You have to plug it into your TV and then connect to the internet, then set up a Roku account, and finally start streaming your favorite movies.

You can access the Roku Channel Store on your Roku streaming player to add new “channels”. You need to purchase or required to pay a subscription for some channels and some others allow you to watch movies and TV shows for free.

How to Stream Movies with Roku?

  1. First, you have to press the “Home” button on your Roku remote.
  2. Now, you can scroll up or down and then select the “Streaming Channels”.
  3. Next, you have to select the “Top Free” to view the most popular free channels.
  4. Now, you can choose a channel and then press “OK” button  to view more options.
  5. Finally, you need to install the channel by selecting “Add channel” option.

Once downloaded, new channels are added to the list of channels under Home on the main screen of your Roku device. Scroll down and you will see your new channel at the bottom of your list of channels. If you prefer, the channel can be moved higher in the list.

5 ways to stream free movies on Roku

1. Crackle

2. VUDU Movies on Us

3. Shout Factory TV

4. OVGuide

5. Tubi TV


Crackle offers full-length movies, TV shows, music documentaries, anime and original programming. Although Crackle bills itself as catering to men “Crackle specializes in hand picked movies, TV shows and original programming in guys’ favorite genres – like action, sci-fi, horror, crime and comedy”. In addition, there is plenty of content here for women and kids as well.

VUDU Movies on Us

Vudu offers movies in three formats: standard-definition (480p and 480i), high-definition (1080p and 1080i) and ultra high-definition (2160p) or commonly known as UHD or 4k. The Standard-definition movies are scaled to higher 1080i/p resolution and an high-definition movies can be output at 1080p24. The source of Audio is in Dolby Digital Plus and the output is in Dolby Digital 5.1 with the option of stereo output. But, the Audio is limited to stereo playback on HTPC/PC/Mac platforms.

Shout Factory TV

Stream movies from genres including Martial Arts theatre (plenty of Jackie Chan) and old Westerns, as well as TV shows like Mystery Science Theater 3000 and unique titles including WilfredThe Weird Al Show, and every episode of the original Dennis the MenaceTV series.


OVguide offers movies from a wide range of movie genres from action to horror to world cinema and everything in between.

Tubi TV

It has been launched in April 2014 and it comes with more than 20,000 television and film videos, the largest library of free, available media content online. AdRise announced a licensing agreement with Paramount Pictures for the rights to 50 films per month on Tubi TV in march 2015.