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williamhdixon
Level 7

Can the remote switch the TV to HDMI?

I just purchased, received and installed a Roku Express 4K+. I like that I can turn the TV on and adjust its volume with the Roku remote. (Couldn't do that with my old Roku 2.)

But is there any way to switch my (non-smart) TV from normal TV channel mode to HDMI? If the last thing we used the TV for was watching an OTA local station, I have to get both remotes.

It sure would be nice to be able to skip the TV remote.

(Note, we have a Spectre TV, if that makes any difference.)

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StreamerUser
Community Streaming Expert

Re: Can the remote switch the TV to HDMI?

Yes, if your TV supports HDMI-CEC (and its enabled). 

Rokus come with (unidirectional) CEC enabled, so all you have to press a button and it will switch to the Roku's input.

 

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Debnova51
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Re: Can the remote switch the TV to HDMI?

I'm a non techie. When someone replies with INITIALS instead of spelled out, not all of us KNOW that initial. Like "CEC". Ok, I know it's simple, but it still causes time issues. Thanks

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AvsGunnar
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Re: Can the remote switch the TV to HDMI?

@Debnova51 

HDMI CEC is short for Consumer Electronics Control. (Essentially allows you to control multiple HDMI connected devices with a single remote).  Depends on the remote as to extent of features.  Different manufacturers have different names for their CEC (generic name) feature.

Here is a link to a thread I posted recently re: setting up Roku and CEC.  Contains further links to Roku help and manufacturer names of their CEC, may be helpful to you.  https://community.roku.com/t5/Getting-Started-Setup-How-to/Hdmi1/m-p/700524#M13816

In general, answers cannot be explained fully each time so a browser search engine (Google or the like) is helpful if you come across a term in forums like these that you may not understand.  Sometimes have to pull from multiple sources to get a complete picture, or post a follow-up for more clarification.  Many users that stop by here are just looking for the "fix" and not really the info/sausage behind the fix.  

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