Welcome to Roku

What is Roku? How does Roku Work?

Lately, I have been getting questions regarding the fundamentals of cord-cutting. People don’t have the time to dig through tech articles looking for a way to watch TV without cable. With that in mind, I decided to put together a post covering every facet of every version of the Roku streaming device.


Roku OS Features

Roku OS is the user interface available on all Roku versions. Some of the following functions are not available on all versions. I’ll let you know when that is the case. Roku OS provides cross-platform search, voice search, and other software features.


  1. You can now control multiple Roku TVs and Devices through Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
  2. Search for 4K by either saying or typing “4K” with your search query
  3. Search movies by using a famous quote from the movie
  4. Roku TVs now have a sleep timer to turn off your TV at a stated time
  5. Voice Search now works to find and control personally stored music, movies, and photos through the Roku Media Player .

How To Add Channels To Roku

  1. Installing channels on Roku is easy.
  2. From the “Home Menu” scroll down to “Streaming Channels” and click the purple “OK” button on the remote.
  3. This navigates you to the Roku Channel Store (don’t worry, most are free to install). .
  4. You can use “Search Channels” to search by typing in a search term or use any of the other search options available.
  5. Once you find a channel navigate to it with the arrow keys on the remote and press the purple “OK” button.
  6. From there, the channel will install and be available on your home screen.

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