Today, quite a large number of people use special devices for streaming. After all, everything is Internet-oriented, and cable television is gradually being abandoned. Many people no longer understand why they need cable TV when they can watch the same movies and shows of the best quality and at any time over the Internet.
One such advanced device is the Roku. It’s a device that streams media files (shows, movies, and even music) from the Internet to your TV. The devices require minimal setup and connect to the Internet just like your computer. Roku streaming devices include an operating system that allows users to access and manage streaming content on the Internet.
Roku devices can be permanently connected to the Internet. That’s why they can check for updates and install them automatically. You may get a notification if your device installs an important update, but usually, the updater runs in the background without much noise.
You can also check for updates manually. So, here’s how to update your Roku TV or Roku device in a few simple steps.
How to update Roku TV or Roku device
If you want to update your Roku TV or Roku device, you have to follow these steps:
- First of all, open your Roku’s homescreen and navigate to the list of options on the left.
- Then, select “Settings”.
- After that, scroll down and select “System”.
- Go to the “System Update” option and select “Check now”.
- Finally, your Roku device will check for any updates. If it’s available, a popup will appear asking if you want to update it now or later. So, if you want to update, select “Update Now”.
Give your Roku a few minutes to download and install the update. After that, it will automatically reboot. Once you have completed these steps, your Roku device will be updated.
How to update Roku channels
If you want to update your Roku’s channels, you have to follow these steps:
- At first, scroll to the channel you want to update.
- Then, press the “star(*)” button on your Roku remote control.
- After that, choose “Check for updates” in the popup.
- Finally, if there is any update, it will download and install right away.
Once you have completed these steps, your Roku channel will be updated.
How does Roku work
No matter which Roku device you buy, the experience is basically the same. Whether it’s a TV with a built-in Roku, a soundbar with it, or a set-top box. They all have an Ethernet jack, so you can connect to the network if your Internet isn’t as powerful as you might need for a 4K video. But there’s also Wi-Fi available for Roku devices.
The home screen uses a fairly easy-to-read grid, so you can navigate from left to right or up and down to find your favorite apps. You can also long-click on apps to rearrange them to your liking. For example, if your four most-used services are YouTube, HBO MAX, Netflix, and Peacock, you can move them all to the top row. Simplifying navigation.
On the left side, you will see different options to enter the store, find content to watch on the Roku channel, go to settings, etc. Everything is in order here, which makes it very easy to use.
Which Roku option is better for you
Roku provides several options for adding comprehensive Internet streaming for watching TV and listening to music. Here’re a few options:
- If you have a TV with an HDMI connection but it doesn’t have smart features, consider adding a Roku streaming card or Roku box.
- If you have an older TV that doesn’t have an HDMI input, Roku makes a limited number of models, such as the Roku Express Plus, that will connect to your TV using analog video/audio connections.
- If you have a Smart TV but it doesn’t offer the streaming channels you want, you can add a standard Roku Streaming Stick or Roku Express box to expand your selection.
- If you have a 4K Ultra HD TV and it’s not a smart TV or it doesn’t support enough streaming, consider Streaming Stick Plus or Roku Ultra, which support streaming 4K from some apps.
- If you’re looking to buy a new Smart HD 1080p or 4K Ultra HD TV, you might want to consider a Roku TV.
Roku products provide a practical and affordable way to add Internet streaming or expand Internet streaming capabilities for TV and home theater viewing.