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Feature Request: Ability to turn off display while continuing to play content on Roku TV

With my external Roku box, I am able to turn off my TV while still listening to whatever is playing on the Roku…audio or video. I use the headphone jack on the remote.

I would like to see a similar feature on the Roku TV.

While listening to the TV's audio output, so I wouldn't have to use headphones, it would be nice to be able to have the display turned off without killing the audio regardless if the content is audio or video sourced.

Additionally, it would be great to have the sleep timer still functional.

To summarize, I would like to be able to start any content playing, set the sleep timer if desired, and then turn off the display while I continue to hear the audio portion of the content.

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Re: Feature Request: Ability to turn off display while continuing to play content on Roku TV

I second the motion! If Sony can do it, no reason why TCL Roku TV can’t...

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Re: Feature Request: Ability to turn off display while continuing to play content on Roku TV

I want this too! The Spotify app used to let you click options and turn off the display but the latest update took that ability away. PLEASE bring it back!

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Re: Feature Request: Ability to turn off display while continuing to play content on Roku TV

I just checked. I was able to turn the display off while in Spotify, but I can’t get the display to come back on 🙄 ...until I hit the OFF button on the remote!

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Re: Feature Request: Ability to turn off display while continuing to play content on Roku TV

Which version of Spotify and which version of Roku are you running? When I press the option button while the Spotify app is highlighted, I am on Version 2.7 build 16. My Roku software version is 9.3.0 build 4175-30. I'm on a Roku TV 7103x TCL model 55P607.

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Re: Feature Request: Ability to turn off display while continuing to play content on Roku TV

The software on my TCL 43S425 TV was still version 9.2.0 build 4504, supposedly “up to date” according to Auto Update. Then I learned how to force it to update under Settings/Remote and Devices/Pair New Device/Add Speaker. Once I’ve updated to 9.3.0, sure enough the option to Turn Off Display is gone while in Spotify.

As if it weren’t already bad enough that the display can’t be turned off across the board, now Roku has also taken it away from the few music apps.

Rolling, rolling, rolling...🙄

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Re: Feature Request: Ability to turn off display while continuing to play content on Roku TV

I agree this is frustrating. PLEASE Roku, don't take away features with updates, especially one as useful as being able to turn the display off when listening to music. There are multiple threads in these forums where others are frustrated this feature is gone now as well as threads on other sites.

Please give us back the ability to turn off the display while still being able to hear music, etc.

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Re: Feature Request: Ability to turn off display while continuing to play content on Roku TV

From your tv remote press Home, then Settings, then System, then power, then Fast TV Start and enable that.  Now turn on your music app of choice, then on the remote press the Options * button, then the Turn Off Display function will be at the bottom of the list.  This came from Roku support 816 272 8106. We are now listenIng to music with the tv display off.  LOL

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Re: Feature Request: Ability to turn off display while continuing to play content on Roku TV

Appreciate the reply @Ed-Dolly Does it work with spotify and Youtube for you? It doesn't work on those for me anymore. It does show up for iHeart radio still but I don't like that app as much.

TCL (my tv make) support had also suggested Fast TV Start but I already had it enabled. I also tried unplugging with their suggestion to no avail.

The only workaround I've found is using the microphone function on the remote or roku app to say "Turn off display" which isn't ideal.

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Re: Feature Request: Ability to turn off display while continuing to play content on Roku TV

@Ed-Dolly,

What make and TV model, and which software version? In software 9.2.x it used to work on my TCL TV, but in 9.3.x the option to turn off display disappeared. Also I’ve always enabled fast-start.