#1 Featured Free
One of the newest features on Roku TVs and Roku players is called Featured Free. This new section pulls together all the free episodes from ABC, The CW, CW Seed, FOX Freeform, Pluto TV, Sony Crackle, Tubi, and more all into one spot. No longer do you need to jump between multiple Roku channels to find out what is free on your Roku.
Even if you don’t have the ABC Roku Channel installed, it will still show what free content you can get there without the need for a cable login. If you click on a show from a Roku Channel not installed, your Roku will automatically add it and start playing the episode for you.
#2 Change What Happens When You Turn Your TV On
By default, when you turn on your Roku TV the TV will load into your Roku home screen. The good news is you can change that if you would rather have it launch into your antenna or maybe an HDMI port for a cable box.
All you need to do is go into the Settings and select System. In the System menu, there is an option for Power Settings. There, you will find a Power On option that will allow you to change the default input when the TV is turned on.
#3 Fast Start
Ever wish your TV would turn on faster? Roku now offers an option to do just that. Last year Roku added a feature that allows Roku TVs to quickly boot by going into a hibernation type mode vs turning the TV fully off. Like a laptop this allows you to quickly turn your TV back on but does use more power.
By default, this feature is turned off. If you would like to enable “Fast TV Start” all you need to do is go into the Settings and select System. In the System menu, there is an option for Power Settings and under that there is a Fast TV Start menu. There you can enable this setting to allow for quick boot of your TV to get you watching your show even faster.
#4 Grid Guide for Your Antenna
Do you use an antenna to watch free over-the-air TV? Roku recently added a free traditional grid guide that will let you see what is coming up. To access this grid guide, open the Antenna screen on the Home screen. Once your antenna starts showing on your TV, press left to launch the grid guide to see what is coming up next.
#5 Rename Inputs
Roku TVs have icons on the Home screen for your different inputs. By default, they are called things like HDMI 1, but you can rename them to anything you want. To change the name of an input, hover over the input on the Home screen and press the * key. That will bring up a menu with an option to change the input name. There you can select from a selection of default names like DVD Player or Xbox. You can also create a custom input name to call the device whatever you want.
There you go… 5 Roku TV tips to help you get the most from your Roku TV. If you have a tip you want to suggest, please leave us a comment and let us know what you have found helpful.
Correction: TCL is the 3rd largest manufacturer of TVs in the World counting both Roku TVs and non-Roku TVs manufactured by TCL.
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