Roku Device Features, Settings & Updates

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Does Roku use data when tv is off?

Does Roku continue to use data from my satellite internet provider even after I turn off my tv?

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Re: Does Roku use data when tv is off?

If you simply turn your TV off while the Roku is streaming something, yes it continues streaming until the 4 hour alert is activated to ask if you're still watching. If you first press the Home button on your remote and see the Roku home screen before you turn off the TV, then in general the Roku is no longer using data. However, as long as the Roku is powered on and connected, it does occasionally check the Roku server for updates. Other than that, there's very little network activity from a Roku device. 

You cannot disable the auto-update function, so if you want it to use absolutely no data when not in use, you need to power it off. 

You didn't mention what model Roku player you are using. If you are using a player that has a USB cable for power, and you use a USB port on the TV to supply the power, then it's likely your Roku is being turned off every time the TV is powered off. If you see the bouncing Roku logo when you power the TV on, then it's turning off with the TV.

Dan
Roku Stick (3600), Ultra (4640), Ultra (4670), 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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Re: Does Roku use data when tv is off?


@atc98092 wrote:

If you simply turn your TV off while the Roku is streaming something, yes it continues streaming until the 4 hour alert is activated to ask if you're still watching.


This function is controlled via Settings > Network > Bandwidth saver
If you turn this setting off, it won't stop streaming after 4 hours and will continue indefinitely.

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