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 my.roku.com/link, adding channels, subscribing to services, and more.
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Cali4NiaGirl
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How many Roku devices do I need to buy?

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Hi all, this is all new to me...do I need to purchase a Roku device for every TV I have? Thanks.

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atc98092
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Roku players have a single HDMI output, designed to connect to a single TV. You could of course use a video distribution system to send the output to multiple TVs, but then they will all show the same thing at the same time, and control might be difficult depending on the model Roku and distance between the Roku and remote. In addition, a distribution system would likely cost more than buying separate Roku players for each TV. So yes, you need a Roku for each TV that you want to be able to access Roku services on.

There's no restriction on how many Roku devices can be added to a single Roku account. And there's no charge for registering each Roku to the account. Beware of scam sites that try to sell you an "upgraded" account. Note that every Roku registered to a Roku user account will all have the same channels installed, and removing a channel from one will remove it from all. If you require different channels on different players, then you need separate Roku accounts. Again, there's no charge for this. You just need a different email address for each one.

Dan
Ultra (4640), Ultra (4670), Ultra (4800), Premiere (3920), Insignia 720p Roku TV, Sharp 4K Roku TV, Nvidia Shield, Windows 10 Pro x64 running Serviio and Plex on a wired Gigabit network.

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atc98092
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Re: How many Roku devices do I need to buy?

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Roku players have a single HDMI output, designed to connect to a single TV. You could of course use a video distribution system to send the output to multiple TVs, but then they will all show the same thing at the same time, and control might be difficult depending on the model Roku and distance between the Roku and remote. In addition, a distribution system would likely cost more than buying separate Roku players for each TV. So yes, you need a Roku for each TV that you want to be able to access Roku services on.

There's no restriction on how many Roku devices can be added to a single Roku account. And there's no charge for registering each Roku to the account. Beware of scam sites that try to sell you an "upgraded" account. Note that every Roku registered to a Roku user account will all have the same channels installed, and removing a channel from one will remove it from all. If you require different channels on different players, then you need separate Roku accounts. Again, there's no charge for this. You just need a different email address for each one.

Dan
Ultra (4640), Ultra (4670), Ultra (4800), Premiere (3920), Insignia 720p Roku TV, Sharp 4K Roku TV, Nvidia Shield, Windows 10 Pro x64 running Serviio and Plex on a wired Gigabit network.

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Cali4NiaGirl
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Re: How many Roku devices do I need to buy?

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Thank you so much for the information.  I really appreciate it. 

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boogernose
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@atc98092 

Seperate accounts is good advice atc.

---A problem clearly stated is a problem half solved---.
Netroman28
Level 9

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You may want to check your tv apps too. I love my roku but I've seen TVs with the roku built into them plus some smart TVs may have all the apps you need the devices.

 

That said, I love my roku devices so much that i would always say get one per tv too

* Enjoying my On-Demand Life *
makaiguy
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Some paid channel subscriptions may limit how many sets you can stream to at one time. My Netflix account, for instance, limits me to two simultaneous streams.
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Cali4NiaGirl
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Re: How many Roku devices do I need to buy?

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Thank you. 

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Techloser
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Well I don’t know if you’re still around but I’m hoping for some help. I have a Roku TV, I have an old smart TV with Roku streaming stick+, and I have a Samsung smart TV with the Roku channel. I don’t know how the Roku channel factors into this, but will all of my channel additions and choices be reflected and all three venues? And how do I show those devices on my account the only thing that is showing on my account right now is the streaming stick. Does it matter do I need to add the Roku TV device to my account? And is it possible to add channels to Roku Channel 

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atc98092
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@Techloser 

All Roku devices linked to the same user account will have the same channels, as long as the device is supported by that channel. The Samsung TV is not a Roku device, but it does support The Roku Channel (TRC). You can only view what is available on TRC on the Samsung. You cannot access any of the other channels on your other Roku devices, unless those providers also have an app on the Samsung TV. 

No, you cannot add channels to TRC. It is a standalone channel. Yes, your Roku TV must be linked to the same user account as your Streaming Stick to have the same exact channels. If you add a channel to one Roku, it's added to all Roku devices linked to that account. If you remove a channel from one device, it is removed from all devices linked to the same account. If you want to have different channels on the Roku TV and the Stick, they need to be linked to different accounts. 

Dan
Ultra (4640), Ultra (4670), Ultra (4800), Premiere (3920), Insignia 720p Roku TV, Sharp 4K Roku TV, Nvidia Shield, Windows 10 Pro x64 running Serviio and Plex on a wired Gigabit network.
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Techloser
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TY big time!! 
I’m sure u will hear from me again!

 

 

 

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