Cord Cutting Q&A: Do You Need a 4K TV to Use a Roku Ultra, Roku Stick+, Apple TV 4K, or Fire TV 4K Stick?




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One of the most common questions we get about 4K streaming players is do you need a 4K TV. Many people wonder if their HD TV will work with a 4K streaming player.

Since this question is so common, we want to post about it to help everyone who is worried about buying a 4K streaming player when they only have an HD TV.

Do You Need a 4K TV for a 4K Roku, Fire TV, or Apple TV?

The good news is you do not need a 4K TV to use a 4K streaming player from Roku, Amazon, or Apple. All 4K streaming players will stream in HD and even SD if needed. All you need is an HDMI port on your TV to use these streaming players. They will automatically detect if your TV is 4K or not and stream in the format that works for your TV.

Don’t have an HD TV? You may want to look at a Roku Express+ that is sold at Walmart and will give you the old red, white, and yellow cables for older TVs.

Why You Should Buy a 4K Streaming Player Even If You Don’t Have a 4K TV

Even if you have an HD TV, I suggest buying a 4K streaming player. For an extra $10 you can get a Roku Stick+ or a Fire TV Stick 4K. These 4K streaming players are far more powerful than the HD streaming sticks.

Also, if you buy a 4K streaming player, you are set if you ever upgrade your TV to 4K. You may pay $10 more now, but you won’t need to buy a 4K streaming device in the future.

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