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Stream Free Movies & TV Shows with the Roku Channel Stream-a-Thon

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Roku is making available a number of movies and TV shows for free during the holiday period. To watch any of the free movies or TV shows, users will need access to The Roku Channel. The Roku Channel is the company’s own streaming service that mixes paid and free content together in one easy to access location.

Roku launched The Roku Channel in 2017 and it has proven to be a good additional option for many streamers. While the service was limited at first, Roku has continuously added content over time. While some of it is content that you have to pay additionally for, the service has also expanded its free content. The latest example of the latter came through today when Roku announced its second annual “stream-a-thon.”

Roku’s stream-a-thon is a limited time promotion that lets streamers access a selection of content for free. This year’s thon starts on December 26 and runs through until January 1, 2020. During this time, streamers will be able to access select shows and in some cases, entire seasons offered by popular and premium networks. Some of the networks taking part in this year’s festivities include HBO, Cinemax, Starz, and Showtime.

How to access The Roku Channel

If you are new to The Roku Channel, then don’t worry. This is a fairly easy service to get up and running with. Previously, The Roku Channel was only available to those who owned a Roku player or Roku TV. However, the company has since expanded the service to other platforms.

The Roku Channel can now be accessed through a variety of platform apps including Android and iOS. The Roku Channel can also be directly accessed via a web browser such as Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Microsoft Edge.

Of course, if you own a Roku device already then you should already have The Roku Channel setup. If not, it can be added as a “channel” through the Roku store.

Here’s what you can stream for free during Roku’s stream-a-thon

The free content is a mixed selection of shows and movies. In some cases, only select episodes of shows are available while for other shows, entire seasons are on offer. Roku also appears to be covering a nice selection of genres with everything from Chernobyl to holiday movies included.

Either way, all of the content listed below is free to watch during the stream-a-thon period.

HBO

  • Game of Thrones Season 1
  • Barry select episodes
  • Chernobyl select episodes
  • Euphoria select episodes
  • Sesame Street select episodes
  • Succession select episodes

Cinemax

  • Warrior Season 1

Starz

  • Power Season 1

Showtime

  • Billions Season 1
  • Ray Donovan Season 1
  • The Affair Season 1
  • Kidding select episodes

EPIX

  • Get Shorty select episodes
  • Pennyworth select episodes
  • Punk select episodes

Hallmark Movies

  • From the Ashes
  • Marrying Father Christmas
  • Royal New Year’s Eve
  • When Hope Calls

Smithsonian

  • Aerial Cities select episodes
  • America in Color select episodes
  • Million Dollar American Princesses select episodes
  • Orangutan Jungle School select episodes

In addition, there’s also a selection of free content available from The Great Courses Signature, Dove Channel, ConTV, FitFusion, Stingray Karaoke and Up Faith & Family.

Source: Roku

John Finn

By John Finn

John started Streaming Clarity to help consumers navigate the live TV streaming and subscription service landscape. John has been writing about technology and TV-related services and devices since 2014 and believes the best streaming approach is to bounce between services as needed. Contact John via email at john@streamingclarity.com or on Twitter

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