Roku User Guide
Wondering how to set up your new Roku? This Roku user guide will walk you through the process and give tips to get the most out of your new media streamer.
The year is 2017, and “cutting the cord” (cancelling your cable service) has never been more popular.
But everybody still likes to sit down and enjoy their favorite show or movie, don’t they?
Luckily, there are several streaming devices available on the market, from the Apple TV to the Amazon Fire TV to the Roku, and more. Each device comes with their own pros and cons, and you can check out our recent media streaming buyer’s guide for more information.
But if you’ve already chosen the Roku for its wide range of channels and ease of use, you might wonder how you’ll set it up. While there are different models available, and even some televisions with built in Roku operating systems, they all follow the same basic procedure.
We’re here to walk you through that process. And we’ll share tips to get the best out of your new media streamer.
Setting up a Roku Player (Or Streaming Stick)
For best picture quality and performance, Roku recommends you use an HDMI cable when connecting your Roku device to a TV.
But if your TV is too old to have an HDMI connection, some models also have cables for a standard composite connection. So, you can still enjoy a wide range of channels and content.
Start by plugging the HDMI (or composite) cable into the Roku device. Then connect the cable to your TV. Next, plug the power connector into the Roku and plug the adapter into a wall outlet. If you’ve chosen the Streaming Stick, plug it straight into the HDMI port.
The Stick needs a power source and you can use either the USB port on your TV or a traditional wall outlet.
Change the TV input on your TV to the input you connected the device to – usually HDMI. It will ask you to choose a language and a wireless network. Input your password and choose Connect.
Your device may need to download software updates before you can use it. Connect your stick to your Roku account online by entering the code that appears on your TV screen. Using the online portal, you can add the channels you’d like to access on your TV.
Follow the instructions to activate your Roku player and enjoy your new range of channels.
Your Roku device will come with its own remote. But do you need to add to the pile of remotes you already have lying around the house?
You can download Roku’s app onto your smartphone and use that to control the device. But, if you download apps for every new device, you’ll soon clutter your home screen and let’s be honest, who really wants to learn and use separate apps for every electronic device.
And I’m sure everybody knows how tedious it is to input text into an on-screen search bar using a remote control. Simplify the process by using the SURE keyboard to find your favorite programs much faster. You can also use SURE to easily access all of your Roku apps on one screen.
To setup your Roku device on the SURE Universal app, choose the “+” symbol on the All Devices screen. Then select the Smart Remote option, followed by Media Streamer. Choose Roku. The app will search for nearby devices and you can select yours from the list. You may need to add a pairing code, but once complete your remote is ready to use.
The Roku arranges your chosen channels by default on the home screen. You can also rearrange them into whichever order you prefer. Choose the channel, select the options button, and go to Move channel.
You can also find extra screensavers under Settings > Screensaver. The Channel Store has more so if you’ve always wanted your TV to display a crackling fireplace, now it can!
And for those of you who hate characters mumbling in films or TV shows, you’re covered too. Go to Setting > Captions > Instant Replay to enable the subtitles feature. Then the next time you miss the dialogue, press the replay button to access the subtitles.
If you have the Roku 3 or the Streaming Stick, you can also mirror websites, apps, and home videos from your smartphone through your device.
Over to you – what’s your experience with the Roku range of streaming players?