Why you can trust ZDNET
:ZDNET independently tests and researches products to bring you our best recommendations and advice. When you buy through our links, we may earn a commission.Our process
'ZDNET Recommends': What exactly does it mean?
ZDNET's recommendations are based on many hours of testing, research, and comparison shopping. We gather data from the best available sources, including vendor and retailer listings as well as other relevant and independent reviews sites. And we pore over customer reviews to find out what matters to real people who already own and use the products and services we’re assessing.
When you click through from our site to a retailer and buy a product or service, we may earn affiliate commissions. This helps support our work, but does not affect what we cover or how, and it does not affect the price you pay. Neither ZDNET nor the author are compensated for these independent reviews. Indeed, we follow strict guidelines that ensure our editorial content is never influenced by advertisers.
ZDNET's editorial team writes on behalf of you, our reader. Our goal is to deliver the most accurate information and the most knowledgeable advice possible in order to help you make smarter buying decisions on tech gear and a wide array of products and services. Our editors thoroughly review and fact-check every article to ensure that our content meets the highest standards. If we have made an error or published misleading information, we will correct or clarify the article. If you see inaccuracies in our content, please report the mistake via this form.
Cutting the cord can be challenging, especially for those used to consuming a lot of local programming included in their cable subscription. Roku is trying to alleviate that by adding over 40 new channels through its free Roku Channel, available for Roku Devices.
The new additions will include local news from major cities like New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, and more. The Roku Channel is a free, ad-supported service.
Anyone with a Roku TV or Roku streaming device, like the Roku Streaming Stick or Roku Express, can access these channels to stay on top of their local news, with some Fox and CBS affiliates featuring 24/7 streams from major news markets. This is also available through the Roku website.
Looking to compete with other services and streaming devices, like its main competitor, the Amazon Fire TV Stick, Roku is also adding a MrBeast dedicated channel. The Roku Channel will also get new show additions from NBCUniversal, as well as Spanish-language, sports, and family programming.