More than a smart TV—a better TV. Learn more about using your Roku TV, locate help resources, and share your experience.
Showing results for 
Show  only  | Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
Level 7

Audio but no picture.

No matter what channel or subscription we pick we can hear what’s playing but we cannot see it.  We tried resetting and restarting but it isn’t helping.  Nothing is wrong with TV, when we fast forward it shows the frames but when we push play it goes back to a black screen.  What do we do.  It did this once before.   It is a ROKU issue not a connective problem or mechanical. 

3 Replies
Level 7

Re: Audio but no picture.

Me too!!! So annoying it is impossible to speak with a human being in customer service. I checked every connection and everything is working but when I select a program after it’s finished loading the screen is black but I can hear the audio. Please let me know if you got any help with this! Best,

Frustrated streamer

Roku Employee
Roku Employee

Re: Audio but no picture.

@Duplinskyb @Jocelynkrasner

Thanks for the post.

Is this issue only happening when you are accessing and playing content on a channel? Are you able to see your Home screen?

If you are unable to resolve the issue you are experiencing, please provide us the following information:
-Roku TV brand and model
-serial number
-device ID
-software OS/version
(these can all be found in Settings > System > About)
-does this issue occur on a specific channel? if so, what channel and what version/build is the channel (this can be found be selecting the channel on the Home screen and pressing the * button)
-tracker ID when this issue occurs (when you see this issue occur, press the Home button 5 times, followed by the Back button 5 times)
-steps to reproduce the issue you are seeing


Danny R.
Roku Forum Moderator
0 Kudos
Level 12

Re: Audio but no picture.

I'm sorry you're having this trouble. If it were me, I would try clearing the cache (with the tv on):

Hit HOME 5 times.
UP once.
REWIND twice.
FAST FORWARD twice. (Clears cache & tv reboots itself. Be patient. It takes 1-2 minutes for the tv to go black, and come back)

That sounds like it's fixing some different problems. Worth a try.

If that doesn't change anything, assuming you can't see menus, look for the pinhole reset button in the back of the tv. Hold that down for 30 seconds (I'm not clear how that's supposed to be used, or if it's the same for all tvs. Your manual should say how to use it. Like so many things Roku: some people say using it differently, in an almost superstitious way, works when the official way didn't. Like, unplugging the tv, and holding the pinhole button while plugging the tv back in. [On a full moon. I don't know.]).

If the tv goes into setup mode, try telling it you don't have internet (you'll connect later, but don't). That will put you in a basic, seemingly-older version of the software. (The antenna tv is vastly different, like it's older.). You could watch antenna tv for awhile, and see if the tv shows a picture. Or, stream through HDMI. If you don't see the problem, then setup the internet connection (home>settings>internet). It may update immediately, or it will take 1-2 days. (You can go to the system>system-update menu.). If it all goes bad again, you'd know that you were affected by Roku's untested update (like so many others). You could salvage your tv by resetting again, and streaming through HDMI. Streaming sticks are cheap. I'm using a $22 stick.

If the setup doesn't put you back to working tv, I'd say it's a hardware problem. It's easy to blame Roku. They definitely don't care about customers, or how updates break tvs. But, still: hardware does fail. It could be as simple as that. Not a bizarre full-moon problem.

"People are often amazed at how much we’ve done with the number of engineers we’ve got." (Roku CEO Anthony Wood, Austin Statesman, Oct 4, 2019). "Amazed" is one way of putting it.
0 Kudos