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JoeJ
Level 7

One HDMI port

My Toshiba television has one HDMI port. How can I both keep HDMI reception and add the Roku stick?

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jeffrok
Level 11

Re: One HDMI port

Not sure what you mean by "HDMI reception", but to add more ports to a TV, an HDMI switcher can be purchased.
Yeah, I got some Rokus.
https://youtu.be/d1CSEeqWl10
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JoeJ
Level 7

Re: One HDMI port

"JoeJ" wrote:
My Toshiba television has one HDMI port. How can I both keep HDMI reception and add the Roku stick?

I meant: how can I use both the cable for television HDMI and also use the Roku stick if there is one HDMI port?
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renojim
Level 8

Re: One HDMI port

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss ... DMI+switch

I recommend one with a remote control to switch inputs. The automatically switching ones can work for you if your cable box turns off completely, but they are hit or miss.

-JT
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apodtele
Level 7

Re: One HDMI port

Does your cable box have an HDMI input? Modern cable boxes do.
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jeffrok
Level 11

Re: One HDMI port

"apodtele" wrote:
Does your cable box have an HDMI input? Modern cable boxes do.


Maybe cable companies disable that input.
Yeah, I got some Rokus.
https://youtu.be/d1CSEeqWl10
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Re: One HDMI port

Yeah, you need an HDMI switchbox, unless by some chance you have an A/V receiver that accepts multiple HDMI inputs. If so, you could use that to switch between inputs.

Does your TV have other inputs that you are not using? Like a component in? You could get a box to convert the HDMI to component video and L/R stereo audio. That would still be good quality. Search for "HDMI to Component" to see what options are out there. (Not "Composite" by the way. You want component where the video is on three RCA cables.)
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apodtele
Level 7

Re: One HDMI port

"MattFromPhilly" wrote:
Yeah, you need an HDMI switchbox, unless by some chance you have an A/V receiver that accepts multiple HDMI inputs.

A sub-$300 modern receiver by Denon, Yamaha, Pioneer, or Onkyo usually has 4 or more HDMI inputs. That is not just a fat chance, but a way to go.
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atc98092
Level 13

Re: One HDMI port

"apodtele" wrote:
"MattFromPhilly" wrote:
Yeah, you need an HDMI switchbox, unless by some chance you have an A/V receiver that accepts multiple HDMI inputs.

A sub-$300 modern receiver by Denon, Yamaha, Pioneer, or Onkyo usually has 4 or more HDMI inputs. That is not just a fat chance, but a way to go.

While I agree with going to an AVR, don't forget you have to add in the cost of speakers as well. With sub-woofer, expect another few hundred to complete the system. But in my opinion, worth it.  Smiley Very Happy
Dan
Nvidia Shield, Roku Stick (3600), Ultra (4640), Premiere (3920), Insignia 720p Roku TV, Sharp 4K Roku TV, Windows 10 Pro x64 running Serviio and Plex on a wired Gigabit network.
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