Those who got a Roku streaming player or TV in the living room might wonder if they can stream UPtv programs live and on-demand over the web. Thankfully, there are several ways you can enjoy UPtv on Roku, and this guide showcases some of the viable options.
UPtv, formerly known as GMC TV or the Gospel Music Channel, specializes in broadcasting positive and faith-affirming series, films, and specials that families get to watch together. The channel is operated by UP Entertainment, which is also home to the Cine Romántico, and AspireTV channels.
UPtv is available across millions of homes in the United States, providing family-friendly entertainment for a diverse group of passionate audiences. It has its own streaming service named UP Faith & Family, offering hundreds of uplifting shows, movies, and exclusive originals from UPtv and its sister channels.
Watch UPtv on Roku via UP Faith & Family
UP Faith & Family is UPtv’s prime streaming service, focusing primarily on faith and family-friendly content. Whether you wish to binge some of UPtv’s best shows, play Christmas specials, or watch Christian movies with your family, the streaming catalog has everything you need.
Its on-demand library features fan favorites like Reba, Little House on the Prairie, Gilmore Girls, Home Improvement, hit originals like Heartland, Bringing Up Bates, Growing Up McGhee, Expecting, Our Wedding Story, along with dozens of lifestyle programming from UP Entertainment’s other productions.
You can also stream UPtv’s original family movies, such as Love Finds You in Sugar Creek, My Dad’s a Soccer Mom, Dude Where’s My Dog, Ohio, Finding Normal, Saving Westbrook High, Raising Izzie, and more. UP Faith & Family’s catalog also receives new titles every week.
The streaming service is officially available on Roku, and it doesn’t require a TV login. You can pay for its cheap monthly or annual plan and cancel your subscription anytime.
How to Add UP Faith & Family on Roku?
Assuming you have access to your Roku account details, the most straightforward way to add the UP Faith & Family channel to your device is to visit this Channel Store link. Once you have it in your channel list, it should show up on the Roku Home screen the next time you power on your Roku device.
If you currently are in front of your TV, you can also follow these steps to add the streaming channel directly from your Roku device.
- Use the remote to highlight and select Streaming Channels on the Roku Home screen.
- Scroll down the options on the following Channel Store page and select Search Channels.
- Use the on-screen keyboard to enter “UP Faith…” and search for the channel.
- When typing, you should see the UP Faith & Family channel on top of the results page. Select it to continue.
- Click Add channel on the next screen, and wait until the streaming channel is added to your Roku.
(You might have to enter your Roku account PIN if your device prompts you to do so.)
- Once you see the “Channel added” message, click OK and return to the Home screen.
Roku puts newly added channels at the bottom of the channel list, so you will find UP Faith & Family there as well. To move it, press the Star (✱) button on the remote and click “Move channel” in the Options menu. You can then use the directional pad to place the channel to your preferred row on the Home screen.
How to Activate UP Faith & Family on Roku?
Before you continue, you must sign up for the subscription to activate UP Faith & Family on Roku. Here’s how:
- Go to upfaithandfamily.com from your mobile or computer browser and hit the Join Now button above.
- Scroll down the page and click Sign Up under the subscription plan you wish to pay for.
- Next, enter your email and password (unique) to create your account on the service.
- Now fill in your payment details and follow the on-screen prompts to purchase the subscription.
If you get a free trial, the service will charge you the full price for the chosen plan right after the trial ends. Plus, you should receive an email regarding your subscription validity on the service.
Once you have your account, you can activate UP Faith & Family on Roku by performing the following steps:
- Launch the UP Faith & Family channel from your Roku channel list.
- Visit the Settings tab from the channel’s homepage, then select Join or Login.
- Next, click the Login It will bring up an activation window on the screen.
- Now head over upfaithandfamily.com/activate from a new browser tab.
- Sign in with the same email address and password you used earlier to create your account on the service.
- Finally, enter the code shown on the UP Faith & Family activation window.
Provided that you do it correctly, you should be logged in to UPtv’s streaming service by now. All is left for you to do is pick up a title to watch from the UP Faith & Family library and enjoy streaming it on your Roku device.
Watch UPtv on Roku via The Roku Channel
The Roku Channel has hundreds of major content providers, and UP Faith & Family is one of them. You can sign up for the service directly from The Roku Channel and get commercial-free access to UPtv’s faith-friendly and family movies, series, and specials on-demand.
A selection of UPtv content is also made available for free on The Roku Channel, albeit with promotional interruptions. The free catalog refreshes with new titles every month or so.
Watch UPtv Live on Roku Without Cable
The UP Faith & Family Roku channel doesn’t offer access to the 24/7 live TV channel feed. If you miss the linear experience and would like to watch the UPtv live on your Roku device, consider trying out one of the OTT subscription-based services below.
Every live TV service mentioned here supports Roku devices. You can download their official streaming channels from the Roku Channel Store.
Frndly TV offers the cheapest skinny bundle in the US. It includes 15 channels at the time of writing, with UPtv being one of the most recent entries in the lineup. PixL, QVC, and Hallmark Channel are also available for streaming live.
We recommend getting the Classic Frndly TV plan as it unlocks HD streaming, unlimited DVR recording, and simultaneous streaming on up to two devices. It’s worth noting that some of UPtv’s programming is also available on-demand on the service.
Philio’s live TV subscription is a bit more expensive than Frndly TV, but it offers over 60 popular American channels. UPtv is one of them, and you also get access to other channels from the Discovery and ViacomCBS family of networks.
Philo also provides unlimited DVR storage (every recording stored for a month) and allows you to stream live channels on up to three devices at once. Individual watch profiles are available as well.
Vidgo is a relatively new contender in the OTT live TV streaming market. You can watch over 85 entertainment, sports, news, lifestyle, and other channels at a compelling monthly subscription fee. Vidgo quite recently added UPtv to its extensive channel lineup.
Vidgo doesn’t offer DVR functionality yet, but you can rewind up to 72 hours of past programming on the channels.
UPtv has been airing to millions of American households for years now, but you can now enjoy its diverse, family-friendly, faith content on your Roku device without a cable or satellite connection. Our guide should help novice users throughout the entire process.
The “UP Faith & Family” channel works on several generations of Roku players and TVs, including some of the discontinued models. If you can’t find it in the Channel Store, chances are your device is unsupported, or you live outside the service’s coverage area.