Getting Started - Setup & How-to

Help getting started with Roku devices, including setup, connecting your device to your TV, linking a Roku device to your account at, adding channels, subscribing to services, and more.
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Level 7

Basic help

Have a 2nd home in another state, obviously want to be able to watch TV when there for a couple of weeks here & another week there BUT don't want to pay cable when not there. Is Roku something I may want to alleviate this problem?? 


Can I turn it off when not there using it?? Or do I need to pay monthly??


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Level 21

Re: Basic help

There is no charge for connecting a Roku or continuing to use it.  You can connect multiple Roku devices to a single Roku account.  You can use your Roku(s) to view the many free channels (mostly ad-supported with non-skippable ads, maybe a LOT of them) with no cost other than the non-Roku cost of your internet connection.

If you do have a paid cable subscription at home, many of the channels on your cable will be available as channels on your Roku as well -- either live or as on-demand programs viewed when you wish.  For these, you'll need to authenticate your cable subscription by signing into them via your cable credentials.

Most other content (Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc.) requires a paid subscription of some sort, but many can be subscribed and canceled with relatively little hassle.  For most, one subscription can be viewed on multiple devices so you could watch at either place.

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