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Not a free HDMI port

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I don't have an available HDMI port in my TV. How else can I set up my streaming stick?  I have three open USB ports but my receiver is needing the one HDMI port I've got. 

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Re: Not a free HDMI port

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You are receiving some bad information here.  The ONLY audio/video output from a Roku Streaming Stick or Streaming Stick+ is the HDMI plug on the stick.  You connect this directly to an HDMI port on the TV (or to the TV HDMI port using an HDMI extension cord with an HDMI plug at one end and an HDMI socket at the other). 

The USB connection on the stick is used to provide power to the stick (and in the case of the Stick+ with the enhanced wifi receiver, to provide the wifi connection) -- it does not provide any audio or video function.  Also, you may be able to plug this into the USB port on a tv to obtain power but be aware that many TV USB ports only supply 1/2 amp, which is not enough to power a Roku reliably.  For this you need at least 1 amp.  The preferred power connection is through the USB power adapter that came with the unit, connected to house power.

To solve the single HDMI port problem, you can purchase an HDMI switch (not HDMI splitter) and connect the Roku and other device to the switch and on to the TV via HDMI like this:

Hook up diagramHook up diagramThen use the switch to choose which device you wish to view at any given time.

  • Roku Streaming Stick +, 3810X, Ser YH0059427035, wifi - Samsung UN55ES6100
  • Roku Streaming Stick, 3600X, Ser 5S56D8240827, wifi - JVC EM37T
  • TCL Roku TV 43S425/C107X, Ser X000001R60KV, wifi

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Re: Not a free HDMI port

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@emofree7 wrote:

I don't have an available HDMI port in my TV. How else can I set up my streaming stick?  I have three open USB ports but my receiver is needing the one HDMI port I've got. 


        You should be able to set it up through one of your USB ports. Why do you need an HDMI port for a Roku Stick? 

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Re: Not a free HDMI port

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Because a roku stick has a hdmi connector built in, it needs a hdmi input to connect to, plain and simple. ALL roku need a hdmi input to connect to, a usb could possible power a roku stick but still needs to be plugged into hdmi input. 

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Re: Not a free HDMI port

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@Tivoburkee wrote:

Because a roku stick has a hdmi connector built in, it needs a hdmi input to connect to, plain and simple. ALL roku need a hdmi input to connect to, a usb could possible power a roku stick but still needs to be plugged into hdmi input. 


Yes, and all other Roku devices need a HDMI input and or an AV input But, since a Roku Stick connects to the USB port, it should work. Try to just connect it to your USB port first. Even if it has an HDMI connector built in,  It might be an optional connection. The only time it would be required is if you wanted to watch it in HD. 

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Re: Not a free HDMI port

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Look for an HDMI switch or an AVR (Audio/Video Receiver).  That said, are you sure the TV only has 1 HDMI port?  Mine has some on the side and another set on the back.

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Re: Not a free HDMI port

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You are receiving some bad information here.  The ONLY audio/video output from a Roku Streaming Stick or Streaming Stick+ is the HDMI plug on the stick.  You connect this directly to an HDMI port on the TV (or to the TV HDMI port using an HDMI extension cord with an HDMI plug at one end and an HDMI socket at the other). 

The USB connection on the stick is used to provide power to the stick (and in the case of the Stick+ with the enhanced wifi receiver, to provide the wifi connection) -- it does not provide any audio or video function.  Also, you may be able to plug this into the USB port on a tv to obtain power but be aware that many TV USB ports only supply 1/2 amp, which is not enough to power a Roku reliably.  For this you need at least 1 amp.  The preferred power connection is through the USB power adapter that came with the unit, connected to house power.

To solve the single HDMI port problem, you can purchase an HDMI switch (not HDMI splitter) and connect the Roku and other device to the switch and on to the TV via HDMI like this:

Hook up diagramHook up diagramThen use the switch to choose which device you wish to view at any given time.

  • Roku Streaming Stick +, 3810X, Ser YH0059427035, wifi - Samsung UN55ES6100
  • Roku Streaming Stick, 3600X, Ser 5S56D8240827, wifi - JVC EM37T
  • TCL Roku TV 43S425/C107X, Ser X000001R60KV, wifi

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