Getting Started - Setup & How-to

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Putnam108
Level 7

Toggle between Roku streaming and cable TV

How do I toggle between using Roku streaming and my regular cable TV channels?

There are channels I watch on cable TV which are not available on Roku.

Do I have to completely disconnect Roku to go back to cable TV?  Surely there is a better way.

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jeffrok
Level 13

Re: Toggle between Roku streaming and cable TV

How is your Roku box and cable box hooked up to your TV? If the answer is "via HDMI cable", note that most TV's have more than one HDMI port. You can plug your Roku into HDMI 1 and your cable box into HDMI 2. 

When you want to watch your Roku, you switch your TV input to HDMI 1, and to watch your cable box, you switch your TV input to HDMI 2. This is usually done thru the Input button (or similar) on your TV remote.

Yeah, I got some Rokus.
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Unitedwestand00
Level 7

Re: Toggle between Roku streaming and cable TV

i tried dong that i have 3 Hdmi pluins how to plug in another one into hdmi 2 plz help

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atc98092
Level 21

Re: Toggle between Roku streaming and cable TV


@Unitedwestand00 wrote:

i tried dong that i have 3 Hdmi pluins how to plug in another one into hdmi 2 plz help


You connect one device to the first HDMI port, and connect the second device to the next one. You use the TV remote to switch inputs between the Roku and the cable box.

I am assuming you aren't using a Roku TV. 

Dan
Roku Stick (3600), 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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