I am currently in a conversation with Roku support regarding this issue as well. I have a Panasonic TH-42PZ77U that I purchased back in 2008. Before getting the Roku, I would just have a PC connected to one of its two HDMI ports for streaming netflix/hulu. Since i am a field tech for Spectrum, i wanted to play around with Spectrum TV app so I could be knowledgeable on it.. i knew that roku supported it, so that is pretty much why I purchased one. Got the express 4K+
Started noticing that the audio would cut out for maybe 2 seconds every 20 to 30 minutes or so. Pretty annoying, so i always had the closed captioning on. None of my other devices (Spectrum DVR cable box, DVD player and pretty much any laptop PC i have connected to it over the years) have had this issue. The only other TV i have in the house is a Visio that i purchased in 2013. Connected the roku to that, and have never had any issues with the sound cutting out.
So - This leads me to believe that Roku's backwards compatibility with older TV's might be the issue. The HDMI spec was at 1.3 back in 2008. In 2013 it was 2.0
The funny thing is that Roku's tech support said this about my express 4K+
CS/CH-Sooraj Sedhumadhavan, Sep 16, 2022, 11:23 PDT:
Hi Paul, Thank you for your response. This could happen due to hardware issue with the Roku device. The Roku warranty period is one year from the date of purchase. Upon checking, the device seems to be faulty. I will replace the Roku device. As per our replacement policy, you will receive an email with the RMA number and the return instructions. When shipping the player, please write the RMA number on the package. Once we receive the defective unit, a replacement will be shipped out and it should reach you in 3 - 5 business days. Please help us with the details below to process a Roku device replacement:
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Total bull, because the Express 4K+ worked just fine on my Visio from 2013. I even went as far as to purchase a different roku (Streaming Stick 4K), and it has the same audio 2 second cut out as well when used on the Panasonic. Imagine the kind of blow back I would hear if Spectrum's cable boxes did this with older TV's!!!
This is what I responded back with to there tech support:
I connected the Roku to my Visio TV that was made in 2013, and it doesn't have this issue. Which kind of negates what you just said about the hardware being defective. Since none of my other HDMI devices have zero audio issues on the Panasonic TV that was made in 2008, it sounds to me like the Roku devices are not completely backwards compatible with whatever the HDMI version of the spec was for that TV. I am guessing that it was HDMI 1.3
Why not resolve the issue with a software update? Alot of members in the Roku Community and in some Reddit groups have said that they never had this issue until some software update was done.
Still waiting on a response to my comment. Gonna take the streaming stick back for a refund. i only got it to prove a point. It's too bad, cause a really like the roku interface, its super easy to navigate. Maybe they will do something. I know that buying a new TV will solve my issue, but i just can't justify spending 700+ to make a 30 dollar device behave properly. I am not getting rid of my panasonic plasma until it dies.