the best way to see is to go to the roku website and check out the channel store
I didn't see the abc family channel on there, but it does have other family channel options like disney. You can go to roku.com, click on channels and then browse to see what is available.
Channel count is over 1500, but no ABC FAMILY.
Copy and paste this link to see the current list of all Roku channels:
All Roku units now in production get the same channels except for gaming where the Roku 3 gets ALL the game channels. If the Roku is not capable of handling a channel you won't even see it in the Roku Channel Store.
Legacy models such as the HD, XD and XS will not install the YouTube channel for some reason but the current Roku 1, 2 and 3 units will. Otherwise all Roku units get the same channels. The Roku 3 is the one for gaming.
Answering second question first. ABC Family Channel is not currently a Roku Channel. Ok, here is what you do. Go to your cable or satellite TV service and look at all the channels there. Next, assume up front that NONE of them are on ROKU in the same form. Yes Roku has a History, A&E and CNN channels but they are different. Roku is a WHOLE different thing! Yes there is a HBO GO channel and an ESPN channel but it is DIFFERENT from HBO and ESPN and on top of that those channels also require a HBO and ESPN cable/satellite subscription.
Roku is a WHOLE DIFFERENT THING from cable or satellite. If you go looking for exactly what is on your cable/satellite service you are NOT going to find it. What you will find instead is another world of on-demand viewing that you never dreamed of before. Is Roku better? Probably NOT, but it is different and it is far less expensive. Are there a bunch of junky channels on Roku, yes there are a whole bunch of junky channels on Roku. Are there good channels on Roku, yes there are a bunch of good ones. Sorting through the junk and finding gems I like is sort of a hobby for me. It is a treasure hunt. THE BW channel was a real find. Gosh I love it.
Now my answer to the first question. For a list of most Roku channels including an editor review, user comments and full details about the cost and even if it is really a pay channel when Roku says it is a FREE channel, I depend mainly on a website at this link which you'll have to copy and paste:
Go to that site and check out the PUBLIC CHANNELS and PRIVATE CHANNELS on two lists.
You will get more in depth information about each channel on ROKUGUIDE.COM than on ROKU's site or in the ROKU CHANNEL STORE which is where you go to install channels onto your Roku player. You also get better information about COST for channels which require it at ROKUGUIDE.COM. For example if you visit the ROKU CHANNEL STORE it says HULU PLUS is "FREE." Sounds good huh? Only when you load the more details channels does it say "May Require Additional Fee." Yes the TRIAL period is free but technically the channels is NOT actually free. I do NOT install a channel on my Roku before reading up on it at ROKUGUIDE.COM to find out for sure what the true cost is. Be really careful when installing channels and know the TRUE cost up front. Just because it says it is free in the ROKU CHANNEL STORE doesn't mean it actually IS free.
This is eye opening. You can see the full list of what is at this moment over 1,500 ROKU channels on ONE web page, without any additional info though, at this link:
Again you'll have to copy and paste it. Not all of the channels on Catastrophe Girl's Roku Channel List list are detailed on RokuGuide.Com as some are game channels or for whatever reason RokuGuide doesn't list them. Also channels in red on her list are either DEAD or DOWN.
RokuGuide's Private Channels list is very incomplete compared to some others. I have many private channels installed from other sources. Just do an internet search on "Roku Private Channels List" and you'll find several lists. There is not one single best list of Private Channels. You'll have to plunder around for yourself to find private channels that interest you. Best advice I can give a Roku owner is to not neglect Private Channels, some of them like CNN INTERNATIONAL are excellent additions. CNN International isn't even available on my local cable system at any price.
There are also premium services like PLAYON that brings many more channels to Roku for a reasonable fee via yet another Roku Private Channel and if you don't have basic cable or live close enough to pickup free TV with an antenna you might want to check PLAYON.TV out because it adds a lot of network programming at a reasonable price. My main problem with the PLAYON service for Roku is not the cost, but rather the fact that it is not HD.
Final jab. MUSIC FANS. Roku has great FREE music programming! Both mainstream and Indy. One of the best things about it for musicians and music lovers! Free guitar lessons are on there!
I LOVE MY ROKU UNITS! THEY ARE MONEY IN THE BANK FOR ME! But only YOU can decide if you like a Roku. Give one a try. Bet you like it!
They are adding new channels all the time. Youtube was finally added, and today HISTORY was added. To be honest, to get the most out of the cable channels such as ESPN, HISTORY, etc you need to subscribe to those channels by cable or dish and then it is up to your provider.