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10 FREE Hidden Gems on Roku | And How to Find Your Own

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Description: – Let’s talk about hidden gems on your Roku. I’ve got a bunch of channels to show you that may or may not pique your interest. But more importantly, I’m gonna show you in this video how you can find your own hidden gems. So, let’s dive in. Hey, everybody, thanks for joining me today. If at the end of this video, it’s been helpful or interesting in some way, then don’t forget to give it a like. I’d much appreciate that. All right, so let’s get into some Roku hidden gems. So, what do I mean by a hidden gem?

Maybe let’s talk about that first. A hidden gem would just be a channel that you might not think of otherwise. You know, obviously, if I’m looking at my Roku right now, right up top I’ve got Netflix, and HBO Max, and Hulu, YouTube. These are all apps, channels that yeah, you’ve heard of,

You know about it, you probably have it on your own Roku device. I’m talking about the ones that are a little less obvious. Now there used to be something on Roku with hidden channels. Literally, they weren’t on the app store. You had to get a code to download them.

And you could get some interesting results that way, but Roku did put an end to that a few months ago. So, we’re not talking about those either. These are simply the apps that yeah, people aren’t necessarily talking about, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not potentially very valuable to you

Or entertaining or, you know, time-filling, whatever it is you need out of your Roku apps. So, in this case, I’m gonna scroll down past a lot of these, you know, really well-known, really popular ones and get down to the list that I want to get to today.

Now, as I’m doing that, let me remind you, I will show you later how I found all these, where I found all these so that you can go hunt down your own hidden gems and let us know in the comments what you find. But first, let me start here with CNET.

Okay, now CNET may be a channel similar to our own, so why am I highlighting it? Well, ’cause it’s good stuff, you know? And why not? Now there are some caveats that I’ll put in there, as I turn the volume down. There are some caveats that I’ll put in here,

Which is that if you’re on the CNET app, in the first couple of categories here, they’ve got the latest videos, they’ve got tech today. Then you’re gonna get in these categories some of the more, yeah, current things that are going on. But if you keep scrolling down,

You will get to some categories with out-of-date videos. For example, let’s see, just Apple. Okay, so yeah, a lot of Apple heads out there wanna keep up with the latest news, but hang on a second. What’s this? “Top Five Unanswered Questions About Apple TV Plus.”

Well, that was like two and a half years ago. Anyway, so my point is just kind of stick up to the top with the latest videos, and the tech today. If you want to get some tech news, then the CNET app is a pretty good way to do that on a daily basis.

Next up is Now You Know, and this is gonna fit into a category with a few of the other apps that we’ve got here today. And basically what we have here is, it’s like a YouTube channel turned into a Roku app, which, you know, is kind of an interesting way to do things.

You may or may not prefer this. Maybe you just want to go on YouTube and go to that channel. You can do that on your Roku as well. But a few of the channels that we have here today are kind of that sort of idea. It’s like a YouTube channel just lifted

And all the content is put in one place. So, Now You Know is a great example of this. This is kind of just going through a lot of different, weird questions. You know, some science questions, some history stuff, you know, things of that sort. Give you five to 10-minute videos on those subjects.

Not bad. I definitely got sucked into this one. “What Happened After This Plane’s Roof Blew Off “At 24,000 Feet.” That was pretty interesting. Hollywood Classics is exactly what it sounds like. These are old movies, old films that have hit the public domain, so anybody can access ’em now.

But now here they are all gathered in one location. There are a lot of apps along these lines. I’ve highlighted one or two before, but I do like this one. It gives you some pretty good titles here. Dust is a similar kind of niche network,

And I’ve highlighted this one a bunch of times. There are a couple on this list that I have highlighted before. Dust, I really, really like it. If you enjoy sci-fi content, then Dust is right up your alley. This is really well produced, generally. Generally really well-produced, interesting sci-fi shorts.

They do have some long-form content and some full-length films. But over the years, what I’ve noticed is yeah, they really concentrate on the short stuff. So, if you enjoy sci-fi videos, and you think you might like them in bite-size chunks, like this eight-minute video, 11 minutes here,

You know this is really, really good stuff. I can’t recommend it highly enough if you enjoy sci-fi. The Lego Channel is one that I will keep highlighting as long as I can, just because it’s been so valuable in our own house. I’ve got a couple of kids, and they love Lego content.

So, when you log into the Lego app, you can see they’ve got a lot of different categories that you can go through, or you can skip right past that screen and just get everything here on the home screen. So, it’s got people building Legos, it’s got Lego shows,

It’s got Lego animation and all sorts of stuff like that. So, yeah, if your kids love Lego content, here you go. How about a couple more kid or family-friendly apps? We’ve got America’s Funniest Videos Clips. There are a couple of different versions of this. You can get the Spanish language version.

You can get the kid’s version. You can get the pets version. But yeah, America’s Funniest Videos Clips is exactly what it sounds like. You log in here, they’ll ask you which version you want, you know, English or Spanish. And once you’re in there,

Yeah, lots and lots of stuff for you to take a look at. I’ve watched a bit of AFV now, and I have yet to run into a commercial, which is nice. A lot of these things are gonna be commercial supported because they’re free Roku apps, but not all of them seem to be.

Okay, now we’re gonna get into a few channels here that I wanna highlight, not for the specific channel, but for the way that you can hunt around for them and the way that you can find stuff like this. So, we have one here called Aaron’s Animals.

All right, now I clicked on this one just kind of at random. Like, okay, let’s see what they got. It’s kind of animal-related skits that this guy does. You know, again, this is one of those YouTube channels turned into a Roku channel. You know, this one obviously is ad supported.

But the point being, yeah, it’s a little funny, it’s a little cheesy, it’s, you know, your kids might love it but maybe you don’t. Okay, so what if you don’t? I’m gonna show you how you can get stuff like this. Okay, so let’s go back to our home screen.

And oh, over here on the left, now I come down to streaming channels. And once I go to streaming channels, you’ll see if I scroll down just a bit, there are all these different genres that I can go through. So, I just went to animals and pets. Hey, what’s in here?

And yeah, there it is. Aaron’s Animals. There are America’s Funniest Videos Animals, et cetera. There is so much animal content on Roku, you guys. It’s incredible. So, if you enjoy animal content, you can hunt around here for your own hidden gem, something that you really enjoy. I’m a StarCraft player,

And that is a picture right out of StarCraft. So, you know, it kind of grabs my attention, right? And I love cats, so… Similarly with these other ones, okay, so we’ve got The Crochet Channel and Chess School. Yeah, we can go in here and take a look at, you know,

What’s actually on these channels? Fine. But, you know, this is just basically how to with crochet. This grabbed my attention because you can’t see it right above me, but I got into cross stitch a few years ago. I got really into cross-stitching and did a bunch of cross-stitching.

And so crocheting, it kind of, you know, grabbed my attention as, you know, one of the needle arts, right? Or there’s Chess School. Okay, so this is basically a guy who breaks down classic historical chess games and kind of does chess coaching. So, if you’re really into chess, there’s this.

Okay, so maybe you don’t really care about these two channels. Well, that’s okay. My point here is how I got them or how I found them. Again, I go to streaming channels and come down here to think it was educational. And you can find all sorts of stuff there.

You know, obviously, you’ve got Smithsonian Channel, and Ted Talks, MasterClass, that sort of thing. But if you keep going down, this is where you’re gonna find a lot of these hidden gems. You keep scrolling down until you find something that you are interested in. If, you know, if you’re homeschooling your kids

Or if you wanna learn French. That one definitely grabbed my attention. Learn the guitar. You know you’ll see that a lot of these have pretty low ratings. And so this is the kind of thing where you have to hunt through and find, you know, there’s a lot that’s hidden,

But what are the gems? Regarding the two that I’m highlighting here with The Crochet Channel and Chess School, I’ll leave it up to you whether they’re gems or not, right? That’s gonna be up to each individual person. But they’re certainly kind of buried in that list, and you gotta go hunting for them.

So, definitely go hunting and let me know what you find. But the last one I want to highlight for you is this one, KIRO 7 Seattle. This is a local news channel. You may not have known this, but there are hundreds of local news stations

They have their own Roku channels, and Roku apps. And so, you can look around for your own. You can even search for one. So, if you have your own local channel that you wanna look for, you can come in here and see if they happen to have something.

Let’s see if I do my local FOX affiliate, FOX 13. Memphis. Yeah. So yeah, there’s one in Memphis. Okay, that’s not mine, but yeah, you can scroll down here. There are all sorts of, hey, there it is. FOX 13 News Utah. Yeah, most of these local channels seem to have an app like this.

When you go into one of those apps, it’s going to have live feeds, former feeds. You know, so if you missed the six o’clock news this morning you can pop in and watch what they aired at six o’clock. That sort of thing. Popular clips, all that. And again, to find that,

I just came over to streaming channels and went to news and weather. And yeah, once you’re in here, there’s all the kind of the national ones, the bigger ones, broader ones I should say. But once you get down here, yeah, there’s a whole bunch of these local stations. So, there you go.

Some hidden gems. Hopefully, something on that list jumped out and grabbed your attention, maybe an app that you could enjoy on your Roku. But more importantly, I hope you figured out that yeah, there’s a lot of stuff out there. You just need to go kind of scroll through

And past some of the bigger name stuff to find those other channels, these hidden channels. And who knows, maybe you’ll find some gems yourself. So, hit the comments. Let me know what you find. Some of the hidden gems that you enjoy, that you think other Roku viewers would enjoy as well.

On your way down there, don’t forget to give this video a like. Don’t forget to subscribe if you enjoy stuff like this ’cause we do this all the time. So, thanks for joining me today, everybody, and I will see you every Friday at 2:00 PM

For the live streams that we do on this channel. Have fun. See you there.

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