If you are buying a new TV, perhaps one of the High Dynamic Range-enabled (HDR) TVs from Samsung or a 4K OLED TV from LG, you are probably looking forward to quenching that video thirst you experienced at Best Buy or Costco when you were first awed by their gorgeous video clips and extremely vivid imagery. These demos show jaw-dropping detail, often accompanied by panning and zooming, with deep rich colors that make you feel like your TV is a window into a new world.
But you are only part way there after you replace your first or second generation flat screen. Unless your new TV has a Roku TV built-in (check it), then you need to get additional hardware to receive streaming media channels in your home or place of business.
Do you have a Roku TV or Roku player?
With the exception of the Roku Streaming Stick, Rokus are black, hockey puck-shaped boxes that plug into your TV via your HDMI port. Rokus have an easy to use remote; shortcut buttons for running some popular apps like Amazon Video; and the top “Ultra” model also accepts voice commands, so search is a snap. However, you need a decent Wi-Fi internet connection for receiving the signal.
If you have a Roku player already, please read on. If you don’t have one Just get the best one. The Ultra has a USB port and an optical digital audio out for plugging into your home theater’s receiver. It is currently the only Roku with voice search when using the remote. Get an Ultra directly from Roku. You can also just buy a Roku Voice Remote Pro.
There are three ways to add Art Stream Videos:
- In your browser, add our Art Stream Videos channel by clicking here. then click the Add channel button.
2) OR with your Roku remote, search for our channel. Go to “Search.” Enter “art [space] str”. Use the right arrow button to select our channel: “Art Stream Videos“
3) OR, use your voice. Say “Hey Roku, find Art Stream Videos.
That’s it. You are ready to watch our channel. If you need to set up your voice remote, please read on.
How Do I Set Up My Roku Voice Remote?
First see if your remote supports voice. Voice search and control is supported on all Roku devices shipped since 2017. A quick way to confirm if you already have voice capability is to look on your remote for a voice button. It will have a microphone icon (on newer remotes) or a magnifying glass icon (on older remotes).
Roku Voice Remote Pro
These instructions assume you have a Roku Voice Remote Pro. You can also use older models like the Roku Voice Remote and Roku Enhanced Voice Remote. Simply move the slider located on the side of the remote to ‘green’ to turn on hands-free voice and say “Hey Roku” then: “find Art Stream Videos.”
Pair your voice remote to your TV
Before you begin, your Roku device (TV or external player) must be running Roku OS 9.4 or higher. Go to Settings > System > System update to check your software version. To pair your remote:
- Press and hold the Home button on your old Roku remote (not your Voice Remote) for 5 seconds to open the setup menu (or use the free Roku mobile app)
- Select Remote to put your Roku device into pairing mode.
- Press and hold the Pairing button on your Roku Voice Remote Pro for 5 seconds until the status light turns green and starts flashing.
- An onscreen menu will guide you through the rest of the pairing process.
When you are done, a direct wireless connection is established and your Roku Voice Remote Pro is ready to use with your Roku device. (Put away your old remote.)
OPTIONAL: Set up voice TV control
When your Roku Voice Remote Pro is connected to a Roku player (including the one in a Streambar or soundbar), you can also set up TV control during the pairing process by following these simple onscreen instructions. (Or you can continue to use your separate TV remote control if you don’t mind juggling remotes.)
If you need to change the TV control settings, go to Roku Settings > Remotes & Devices > Remotes > Voice Remote Pro > Set up remote for TV control and follow the onscreen prompts.
HDMI Cables. You may need to get the latest HDMI 2.0a cables to properly transmit all the HDR data from your new Roku or 4K player to your new HDR TV.
Wi-Fi Mesh Network. It doesn’t make sense to attach a new Roku to your new TV if it receives a weak or intermittent internet signal. (You may have tried the older Wi-Fi “extender” technology to extend your signal from your office to your den and given up on that.) The clear solution is to purchase one of the new mesh home networks from either Eero, Google, or Netgear.
This home network Wi-Fi architecture bounces the signal from a central base station to one or more satellite stations to eliminate slow, intermittent signals and dead zones. Netgear’s $300 Orbi AC3000 supports the fastest connections, but has a clunky set up and wins no design awards. Eero’s system is the most expensive at $400 for a pack of three, but has a flat out simple set up, and is aesthetically the most pleasing. Google’s Wifi costs less at $300, but has a slightly less polished interface than Eero.