How to Install and Activate ABC on Roku

Last Updated on September 11, 2021 by Mark Roberts

ABC on Roku is undoubtedly one of the top choices for quality entertainment in millions of households. With this streaming app, you can watch live TV, full episodes of the most popular shows, and even on-demand content. 

This article will take you through all the procedures to use this app step-by-step and answer all of the web’s most searched questions related to this channel.

abc channel on roku

Features of ABC Roku

  • It delivers top-notch entertainment. From hit shows like The Good Doctor, The Bachelor, Modern Family, For Life, General Hospital, American Housewife, Station 19, Good Morning America, Black-ish, Grey’s Anatomy, and old classics including Ugly Betty The Muppets. 
  • You can even stream ABC News Shows and daily soaps from its VOD library.
  • It even lets the users the latest shows, their previews, and highlights.
  • You can stream on this app with a subscription to any of the hundreds of cable or satellite TV providers available in the market right now like DirecTV, AT&T TV, AT&T U-verse, Spectrum, Suddenlink, Verizon, Dish, Xfinity, Cox, and also on a vast number of regional and municipal cable systems.
  • This app supports a long list of streaming devices, including iOS, Android, Amazon Firestick TV, Windows, Mac PCs, Android TVs, etc.
  • Even though it allows its users to stream its content without any sign-ups, you would get to enjoy features like saving favorite shows, resuming shows from you left off, syncing watchlists and preferences across every device you use the app on, and so on with an ABC account.

What channel is ABC on Roku?

Roku offers a designated app for the ABC channel. You can download it directly from the Roku Channel Store and start streaming using your cable TV subscription credentials.

How to Get ABC on Roku?


Since the ABC app is directly available on the Roku platform and does not need alternative ways to download it, the entire process of downloading and activating the channel is pretty simple. You install ABC on all Roku devices including all the basic models like Roku LT, Roku HD, and new models like Roku Express, Roku Streaming Sticks, Roku Premiere, Roku Ultra, and Roku TV.

Steps to Download ABC on Roku


This is part one of a three-part journey to streaming ABC on Roku.

Step 1: Switch on your Roku device and the TV.

Step 2: Hit the Home button on Roku’s remote control to launch the Home Page.

roku home button

Step 3: On the left panel, navigate the “Streaming Channels” option to launch the Roku Channel Store.

Streaming Channels

Step 4: Now, move the cursor to “Search Channels” and enter “ABC” in the search box using the virtual keyboard.

search abc channel on roku

Step 5: From the list of results, select the app. The next page would display the channel’s description. Tap on the “Add Channel” option.

add abc channel on roku

Step 6: Once the app is successfully installed, click on “Ok” on the confirmation message displayed on the screen.

Steps to Activate ABC on Roku – abc.com/activate


The second part needs you to activate the channel after installing it to start streaming its content.

Step 1: Select the app from the list of channels on your Roku and go to the “Accounts” option on the channel’s home screen.

Note down the activation code that would appear on the screen.

Step 2: Grab any smartphone or PC and go to https://abc.com/activate through any web browser.

Activate ABC on Roku

Step 3: On the page, there would be an empty space. Type in the activation code noted by you in Step 1 in that space and select “Continue”.

Step 4: On the next page, select the pay-TV you are subscribed to from the menu and log in using your pay-TV’s account credentials.

This would activate the channel and give you access to all the content available on the platform.

Steps to Watch ABC on Roku


This is the last step of the process before you can finally dive into all the fun ABC content.

Step 1: Open the ABC app on your Roku TV.

Step 2: Go to the “Live” tab on the top of the channel’s home page. Here, you can enjoy ABC live. 

Step 3: You can also choose from the several other categories of entertainment available on the platform, which consist of Drama, Popular, News, Comedy, Reality, Sports, and much more.

Step 4: Under the category, select the show or the episode you want to watch on your big screen. Finally, sit back and have a good time.

How to watch ABC on Roku from Outside the US.


Unfortunately, you cannot watch ABC on Roku if you are outside the US directly since the channel avails its content only within the US and its territories (including Puerto Rico, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands).

However, there is a trick to watch ABC by using a VPN. Since Roku devices themselves do not support VPNs, you need to use a Router VPN like ExpressVPN and connect to a USA server.

Related: Watch Local TV Channels on Roku for Free

Frequently Asked Questions


Can I watch ABC for free on Roku?

Yes, you can stream all of ABC’s content on its app on Roku for free, provided that you have a cable or satellite pay-TV subscription.

Is ABC available outside the U.S.?

No, ABC is not available outside the US and its territories (including Puerto Rico, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands). To watch the shows of this channel, you must be physically present within the territories of the mentioned boundaries.

How to access full episodes on demand?

You can access full episodes on demand by logging into your ABC account using your pay-TV account’s credentials. 

Is it necessary to verify the TV provider account every time to use ABC app?

It depends on the TV provider you are subscribed to. Most cable TV providers ask you to verify yourself only once in the beginning using your account’s credentials. However, some other services need to verify the account frequently.

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