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kpluck
Level 7

Turning off display on a Roku TV

I am considering the purchase of a TCL Roku TV but have a question.

If I use a Roku remote with headphone jack with the TV, am I able to listen to what is playing through the remote with the TV screen turned off on a Roku TV? Basically, I would like to start something playing (audio or video) but then I want to turn the display off while the content keeps playing.

-kp

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twiceover
Level 11

Re: Turning off display on a Roku TV

No, it will stop whatever is playing.  
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atc98092
Level 16

Re: Turning off display on a Roku TV

Some TVs will allow turning the screen off while continuing to play the audio. You're not actually turning the TV off, just blanking the screen, so it's not like it saves much power. I'm fairly sure that no Roku TV has such a function, however. I know my Samsung does, but that's the only one I know of for certain. 
Dan
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kpluck
Level 7

Re: Turning off display on a Roku TV

Bummer. I read a Roku support note that indicated this is possible listening through their wireless speakers so I was hoping it was possible through the remote as well. I guess the worst case scenario would be to do it like I do know, just use an external Roku box connected to the TV, start my content, then turn the TV off.

Thanks for the feedback.

-kp
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blade_005
Level 11

Re: Turning off display on a Roku TV

"kpluck" wrote:
Bummer. I read a Roku support note that indicated this is possible listening through their wireless speakers so I was hoping it was possible through the remote as well. I guess the worst case scenario would be to do it like I do know, just use an external Roku box connected to the TV, start my content, then turn the TV off.

Thanks for the feedback.

-kp

It is not possible for most content. I believe there may be a few Audio apps (Pandora, TuneIn, etc.) that might have an option from within the app that will allow you to blank the screen and still allow audio to play. It is something that my previous Vizio set allowed for all content and I submitted a request years ago to have this feature added with no response.
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kpluck
Level 7

Re: Turning off display on a Roku TV

Thanks for that clarification!

-kp
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