Roku has thousands of public channels available, but they also have Roku private channels. These hidden Roku channels are not part of the Roku Channel Store. Instead, you need to add Roku hidden channels manually. There are tons of private channels on Roku, you just need to find them. You can find some of them here, but you can definitely Google “private channels on Roku” or “Roku hidden channels” to find others.
So, once you’ve found hidden Roku channels you want to add, how do you do that? Keep reading and we’ll tell you how to add hidden Roku channels and we’ll even offer some recommendations to get you started!
How to Add Hidden Roku Channels
Roku private channels can be private for a number of reasons. While they technically belong to the Channel Store, they aren’t displayed to everyone in the search function. Instead, they are accessible through a code. Many channels are private because they are in beta. Others are private for different reasons. It doesn’t really matter why it’s private as all Roku private channels are added in the same way.
Once you find the private Roku channels you want to add you can collect the codes and head over to the Roku website on your computer. Sign into your account and visit your My Account page. Once you’ve clicked the “Add a Channel” link you can add the code and hit Add Channel.
If you turn on your Roku and don’t see the channels right away, don’t worry. It can take up to 24-hours for Roku private channels to be added. So, if you don’t see it, just give it a bit, you can bet it will show up eventually!
Now, on to those Roku private channel recommendations!
1. My Channels (Code: MyChannels)
My Channels isn’t actually a channel. Instead, it’s more like a home screen organizer. The more channels you add, the harder it can be to find the ones you frequently watch. My Channels removes this problem by allowing you to group channels how you want, and to add favorites. It also allows more channels to be displayed on the screen.
2. Capital TV (Code: capitaltv)
Capital TV offers music and music videos from the UK. This is a live stream of Capital TV, so whatever is playing, you’ll get to watch. This is a must-have channel for music lovers. Looking up some of their recently played songs, I found a mix of UK and US artists, so you’ll likely get a mix of things you’ve heard and others that are new to you!
3. Goats Live (Code: GoatsLive)
I know what you’re thinking, but think about it for a second. Nature/Animal webcams are becoming all the rage. Don’t act like you weren’t sitting around waiting for April to give birth like everyone else for a few months. With that in mind, why not goats? Give it a try. You might like it!
4. Update My Channels (Code: UpdateMyChannels)
This is another one of those channels that aren’t really channels. Instead, it’s more like an admin-channel. When you open this channel, it updates your entire channel list. Everything is updated, whether it’s a public or private Roku channel.
5. iTunes Podcasts (Code: ITPC)
If you’re into podcasts, why not add them to your Roku. This private Roku channel will allow you access to the iTunes Podcast Directory. You’ll be able to browse, listen, and add/subscribe to podcasts all from your Roku!
6. FilmOn (Code: NMEVA)
FilmOn is basically Internet TV live streams. You’ll have access to over 600 global channels and as many as 90,000 VOD titles. You can watch TV from all over the world including Greece, Italy, Spain, France, UK, Ireland, and just about everywhere else in the world. You’ll also have access to moves. Some categories are stranger than others, but if you like UFO News, you won’t have any trouble finding it here.
7. Nowhere TV (Code: H9DWC)
Nowhere TV has been popular since 2010, and it’s still one of the most popular Roku private channels that there is. Like FilmOn, Nowhere TV offers live streams and free channels from across the world. You’ll get news from NBC and CBS, some FOX channels, and even C-Span. Of course, you get things from around the world, so this is just a small sample of what you might expect.
8. Nowhere Archive (Code: NMJS5)
You’re likely familiar with The Internet Archive. Well this private Roku channel streams all of that public domain goodness right to your TV. You’ll have access to music and movies of all kinds. All the entertainment options that are available can be streamed with this channel. If you’re looking for older or more obscure things, this is the channel for you!
9. Silent Movie Channel (Code: ROLLEM)
Silent movies aren’t for everyone, but if you’re interested in the first films ever made, this is definitely the public domain channel for you. You’ll find the oldest movies ever made and while the selection can sometimes be sparse, they do update when possible so you’ll find new movies from time to time.
10. Great Chefs (Code: greatchefs)
Before Gordon Ramsay was teaching us how to cook, Great Chefs was doing it on a PBS show. Unfortunately, that show has been gone for quite some time. That said, thanks to the Internet being what it is, the episodes are alive and well. You can watch all the episodes on this Great Chefs channel! Happy cooking!
Now that we’re at the end of our list, make sure to let us know your favorite Roku hidden channels! Is there something we forgot? Let us know in the comments!