Roku works on most modern TVs. With that said, can you switch the Roku from one TV you’re using it on to another at the drop of a hat? Or do you need to setup the other TV? Do you need to unpair Roku remote every new TV switch?
It used to be that you can only stream Netflix on laptops and in order to view streams on the TV, you needed a connection that bypassed HDCP (High-Definition Copy Protection). The alternative to all this? A media player that looked like an oversized thumb or USB flash drive with an HDMI connector.
Enter Roku. This hardware digital media player transformed even non-smart TVs into Netflix and Amazon Prime viewers.
How to Switch Roku to Another TV
You can switch Roku from one TV to another if you want to watch on another TV aside from the first one that got Roku working. Roku Inc. would prefer you buy an additional Roku device for each TV though. The main issue? You need to re-pair or unpair then pair the stick to the remote.
The remote only works on the first TV you paired the stick with. You can’t just unplug the stick then put it on a separate TV. To properly move a device like Roku Stick+ to a different TV, do the following.
- Battery Removal: Remove the batteries from your remote by opening the battery compartment to access them.
- Power Cable Disconnection and Reconnection: Remove your Roku device’s power cable. Wait 5 seconds. Now reconnect the power cable.
- Battery Reinsertion: Once the Home Screen gets displayed care of your Roku device, put the batteries back inside your remote.
- Pairing Button Press: Now here’s the tricky part. Press and hold the pairing button within the battery compartment of your remote for 5 seconds or if you see the pairing light on your remote flash.
- Non-Flashing Pairing Light: If the pairing light doesn’t flash after pressing the pairing button then simply try again. If the light still fails to flash after the second attempt, simply replace the batteries with new ones.
- Wait 30 Seconds: Wait for 30 more seconds as the remote pairs up with your Roku device on a new TV. The TV screen should show the remote pairing dialog if successful.
Unfortunately, every time you move your Roku device from one TV to another, you’ll have to undergo the same process.
Why Would You Need to Switch Roku to Another TV?
For example, you might have the Roku Stick+ in your master bedroom TV. You have guests in your guest bedroom and you want to be a hospitable host. Therefore, you might be wondering if you can simply detach your Roku on one TV and place it on another TV.
However, some users report that after plugging the Roku on the HDMI1 or HDMI2 port as well as plugging it into the USB port for power along with the electrical outlet, the Roku remote won’t work. The loading screen might also come up but it won’t leave the Home option.
You can’t go to Settings when you try altering the sound. Changing the batteries of the remote won’t affect the outcome either. To get back to the Menu or Main Screen, you need to unplug the stick or power. What gives? Do you need to unlink or unpair?
What Does Roku Do?
Roku turns your TV into a smart TV or at least allows it to access the smart TV ability to connect to your Home Wi-Fi and stream services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO Go, Disney+, and Hulu. Roku devices work similarly to Apple TV 4K and Amazon Fire TV as a fellow HDMI small streaming device.
It puts forth streaming content from Netflix—in fact, Netflix helped its development altogether—along with other competing subscription services like Disney+, Hulu, Spotify, HBO Go, and Peacock. You can access them on the TV screen instead of getting their apps or browsing their website.
Roku also offers loads of free content as well, like the ability to watch YouTube on the TV as well as free 190 streaming channels on Roku Channel and 250 channels on Pluto TV (both Pluto TV and CBS Essentials work as ViacomCBS subsidiaries).
How does Roku work?
Roku works by giving you streaming content on your HDTV or HD monitor as long as you have Home Wi-Fi or broadband available with speeds of at least 1.5 Mbps for SD streaming and 3.0 Mbps for HD streaming.
- One Device Per HDTV: Roku sticks and boxes for streaming use the Roku remote. Every time you connect the device to an HDTV, you need to pair it up with the Roku remote. If you switch TVs, you have to re-pair or unpair then pair again the Roku remote.
- Roku Remote Features: Some of these remotes by Roku for Roku support voice commands and they thusly offer a headphone jack so that you can input such commands. If you were to misplace your remote, you can control the devices via apps on your tablet or phone as well.
- Who Should Get a Roku? Anyone that wishes to watch Netflix and so forth on their HDTV if it’s a non-smart device with no ability to connect to your Home Wi-Fi or broadband Internet on its own should get Roku. It’s a cost-efficient choice for those who wish to cut their cable cord too.
- No Monthly Fees: Sure, you have to pay for the individual subscription fees for Netflix, Peacock, Disney+, Amazon Prime, HBO Go, and Hulu. This will cost you upwards of a cable subscription. However, you can just get Netflix or Peacock alone for on-demand streaming.
- On-Demand Streaming? On-demand streaming means you can watch whatever you want at the time most convenient to you rather than scheduling a time slot. With cable, you have to wait for your favorite programs to come on versus streaming where they’re all available 24/7.
Keep in Mind the Following
Roku Inc. makes Roku, the brand of digital media players that can turn any TV into a streaming service. Laptops can do this natively by web browser while smartphones use apps to allow for streaming. Roku can work like such apps or browsers when you connect it to any HDMI-based HDTV.
They allow you access to streaming media content you’re paying for and have an account with, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Disney+, HBO Go, Peacock, and many others. The very first Roku model was developed in tandem with Netflix to make them more available to HDTVs back in May 2008.
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- “Can I move the Roku Streaming Stick to another TV in my house?“, Quora.com, November 25, 2020
- Carolin Lehmann, “What is Roku? What you need to know about the popular streaming devices“, CBSNews.com, August 5, 2021