A new Roku feature curates free TV shows and movies in one place, so you don’t have to jump between channels in order to find them all. Nothing highlighted requires a cable subscription.

“Featured Free” can be found in the sidebar of the Roku UI, as shown above—though it may take a while to roll out to every Roku. Our test device has it, however, and we can confirm that shows from TV networks like NBC, Fox, and HGTV are all represented, as are movies and shows from free Roku channels like Pluto.TV and The Roku Channel.

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Choose something to watch and the video will play using the appropriate Roku channel. If you haven’t yet installed a given channel you’ll be prompted to do so, after which the video you’ve selected will open.

None of this is new content: you could have installed all of these channels individually before and found the stuff that happens to be free. Roku is saving you all that effort, however, showing you all the free stuff from various channels in one place. I think Roku users will end up using this quite a bit.

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