A Smart TV combines in imagine traditional TV features with operating system/platform, allowing viewers to access, manage, and browse the Internet and networks on media-based content without the need to connect outer braid carrier . Roku TV is a combination of both.

What is Roku Smart TV?

Roku licenses its streaming platform for use in smart TVs. This means that Roku does not make its own TVs, but allows manufacturers to include Roku features in their TVs.

There is no need to connect an additional streaming device as the functions streaming joystick or box Roku are inside the TV (using the software).

TV brands that make Roku TVs include element , Hisense , Hitachi , insignia , JVC , Philips , RCA , Sharp and TCL, and all Roku TVs are LED / LCD TVs. Screen sizes range from 24 to 75 inches. Depending on the make/model, the device will have a screen resolution 720p, 1080p or 4K . Some Roku TVs are compatible with one or more HDR formats.

TCL Roku TV with 4K, HDR and Dolby Vision

What does Roku TV do?

Roku TVs give you access to familiar services like Netflix, Vudu, Amazon, Hulu and YouTube, plus more than 5000 official and unofficial services (called channels) depending on the location. They also provide access to additional devices that can be connected to it, as well as over-the-air TV broadcasting when an antenna is connected.

What can be connected to Roku TV?

As with any TV (smart or not), you can connect other devices to your Roku TV.

  • An antenna connection is provided for receiving on-air television broadcasting.
  • Inputs HDMI designed to connect DVD/Blu-ray/Ultra HD Blu-ray players, cable/satellite boxes, game consoles and more.
  • At the discretion of the manufacturer can be provided common composite/component video connections, which allow you to connect older devices such as VCRs or DVD players that do not have HDMI outputs.
  • HDMI-ARC and HDMI-CEC also included. HDMI-ARC makes it easy to connect your TV to many home theater receivers and some soundbars, while HDMI-CEC allows limited control of external devices such as Blu-ray/Ultra HD Blu-ray and cable/satellite boxes with your Roku remote TV. ,
TCL S305 Series Roku TV Connections

Roku TVs are equipped with a modest sound system. However, you can connect it to an external soundbar or audio system using HDM-ARC, analog and/or digital optical audio outputs, if these options are provided.

Roku also offers additional external wireless speakers, that work exclusively with Roku TVs.

Roku TVs also support screen mirroring/casting via smartphones and media playback via plug-in USB drives.

How do you control Roku TV

Roku TV can be controlled with the included remote or Roku mobile app .

Roku TV Remote Controls they look and work the same as streaming sticks and boxes, but the main difference is that they include a volume control and can turn the TV on and off.

The Roku mobile app includes features such as voice control, in-person listening, and more. you also can directly or indirectly control Roku TV with help Google Assistant via your smartphone or Google Home in combination with the Quick Remote app .

Roku TVs provide control and management of both streaming and traditional TV features such as input and channel selection, picture and sound settings.

Picture settings can be applied to each input individually.

Insignia Roku TV AV Settings

Additional Roku TV Features for Convenience

Roku TVs have built-in WiFi for easy connection to your home network and the Internet. Some Roku TVs (mostly 4K models) provide Wi-Fi connectivity and ethernet .

If the antenna is connected and you have selected icon TV antenna on your Roku TV’s home screen, it will prompt you to search for available channels.

Channel antenna scan example - Roku TV

Screen smart guide allows you to navigate the antenna channels. Roku TV will also show if a program is available via streaming ( function » More Views » displayed since using the * icon next to the list of programs).

When using the search function of Roku TV, in addition to searching for streaming channels and content, in some cases you can find TV programs available through your antenna.

Roku TV Antenna TV Smart Guide

You can connect a USB flash drive with a capacity of 16 GB or more ( version 2.0 recommended ) to Roku TV and use function pause Live TV to watch videos up to 90 minutes long. When Live TV is paused, the program is written to the flash drive. When you press the play button, the part of the program you skipped will be played.

Live TV Pause only works for live TV received via an antenna, it cannot be used to save recorded programs or transfer recordings to another device. If you change channels or exit Antenna TV, any paused video stored on the USB storage device will be erased.

Roku TV - Live TV Pause Setting

Is Roku TV worth it?

Roku TVs are easy to set up and use and offer a lot at affordable prices depending on screen size, brand and model. Prices range from about $129 (24 inches) to $1,999 (75 inches), which compares favorably with pricier offerings from brands like LG, Samsung, and Sony.

However, these higher end brands include smart TV features combined with better video processing, and some also include home control and other advanced features that you may not find on most. Roku TVs .

While Roku TV isn’t your only choice if you’re into streaming, it does offer great features that complement over-the-air TV reception, as well as access to more than 5000 streaming channels and apps (depending on location) with more added through periodic updates.

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