"What is Roku TV?" is a common question. Roku doesn’t actually manufacture TVs, but rather is a company that developed streaming for TV with a box, or streaming player. A Roku TV is a smart TV with Roku built in, featuring an intuitive interface that lets you stream content over the internet and from a wealth of content options like Netflix, Hulu and more. Roku TVs aren’t manufactured by Roku, or even by just one company. Rather Roku TVs are made by licensees like Hisense, TCL, Insignia™ and others. They are available with different screen sizes, price points, picture resolutions and features.
You can combine a Roku smart TV with your existing service, adding its content repertoire to cable TV or satellite. Or if you’re more interested in getting local channels, combine it with an HD antenna. Or you can use your Roku TV as an alternative to those systems. As for the content, you’ll find there is a large selection of free services, or you can go with subscriptions to services, or rent movies and shows on an on-demand basis. You can also cast what you are already watching on your mobile device, for instance, to your television. And finally, you can connect your Blu-ray player to enjoy the highly upgraded video and audio experience that technology offers. There is no monthly service or rental fee for your Roku TV, and there is no activation fee or a charge to create a Roku account.
Get More from Your Roku Smart TV
In order to maximize your experience and enjoy the best Roku TV possible, you’ll likely want to get the free Roku app. It transforms your smartphone or tablet into a fully functioning remote with voice control, the ability to browse and add new channels, and the ability to listen to TV audio via wireless headphones connected to your mobile device. Your Roku TV also has a headphone jack. With the app, it’s fast and easy to find what you want to watch across all the top channels and all the streaming channels by searching keywords, titles, directors or actors, for instance. You’ll also want to turn your attention to the audio that will accompany all the outstanding content you’ll be watching. Different televisions offer different built-in speaker options, but generally as TVs get bigger and slimmer, speakers get smaller. That’s why many who get Roku TVs set up either a sound bar or other speaker system in order to get sound quality that suitably complements the high-definition video.