Try going to the Channel Store page on the Website
. Yes, you can use the device, but the Website is, for me, quicker to find and add channels.
Click on the "Details" for a channel that looks interesting. You'll see something along the line of this:
Amazon Instant Video
, Most Watched
, Movies & TV
Browse, purchase and instantly watch over 100,000 movies & TV shows on your TV with Amazon Instant Video. Enjoy new release movies and the latest TV shows in HD. Now Amazon Prime members get unlimited access to 11,000 videos at no additional cost.
* * * * . 22586 ratings
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SERVICE MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL FEES
As you can see, you have the details broken out into the following areas:
- Name of the channel
- Cost (this is the cost of installing the channel, not the cost of any services associated with the channel)
- Link to more information on the channel (farther down the same page)
- User ratings
- Button to add the channel to your Roku. Note that you must be logged in to your Roku account for this to work. The channel will appear and fully load the next time you enter/exit the Channel Store on your Roku (on older interfaces, pre-5.0/Roku 3), or request an update (all interfaces). It will also appear after nightly refresh.
- Notice of additional fees will show if there is a subscription or other costs associated with the channel. This is what you are specifically looking for.
Here's an example of one with no fees or costs associated:
Categories: Movies & TV
The Pub-D-Hub Channel brings the public domain to your living room offering you classic films, trailers, tv shows, cartoons, radio & more from the 1930s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s.
****. 2068 ratings
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Now keep in mind that some free channels offer a "premium" version of their service. This particular one is free, but offers a premium version. Since the free version is exactly that -- a free version and not just a trial version -- there is no notification of additional fees, though you can expand this service (and some other services) by paying a yearly fee.
Many of the free ones, though, are strictly free. You will find lots of them ad-supported, though there are lots that don't have commercials. For the ad-supported ones, I've found that it's common for them to show an ad every 10 minutes or so. I'm specifically thinking of Crackle
, and a few other free movie channels I've installed. Others may offer suggestions of other channels, but the best thing is to try them out yourself.
Finally, not trying to overload you, but there are also Websites that offer information about private channels. Roku is not affiliated with any of them, even if the URL contains "roku" (along the line of "awholebunchoffreerokuchannels.com"). Roku also doesn't officially support private channels. Read that last sentence again. And again. If you use a private channel and it doesn't work like you expect, don't expect help from Roku. Other users here will help if they can, but if Roku won't respond about it, don't get all huffy with them. If they supported it, it would be in the Channel Store.
Having said that, there are some really good private channels. You can search some of the Websites that offer information about them for details. A couple of good ones are http://catastrophegirlsrokuchanneldata.blogspot.com/
. There are other listings, but in two-plus years of doing the Roku thing, I've always come back to these two sites.