Do you hate having to log in to Sling on multiple Roku devices? Or how every few months you have to log back into Sling TV on all of your Roku Players? Now Roku is adding Automatic Account Link that will allow you to log into Sling TV or Pandora on one Roku and have all your Roku’s automatically log into that service.
This will be apart of a Roku 9.1 update that will start rolling out later this year. Roku said that “Roku OS 9.1 is expected to roll out to current generation Roku streaming players over the coming weeks.”
- Roku Streaming Players – All devices with model number 2400 and higher will receive Roku OS 9.1. To check your device model number, go to Settings > System > About.
- Roku TV – All Roku TV models are expected to receive Roku OS 9.1.
Here is how Roku describes the new Automatic Account Link feature:
Makes subscription streaming on multiple Roku devices with the same account easier for users. If a customer has already logged in to a supported subscription service on a Roku device, they will not be required to re-enter their credentials when launching the same channel on an additional Roku device. Link is currently available on nearly 10 subscription streaming services including Pandora and Sling TV with additional services expected to be supported soon.
This feature is now available to developers and publishers to integrate into their channel. Streaming channels are expected to integrate support for Automatic Account Link shortly.
Update: Roku reached out with a clarification that only 10 Roku Channels right now support Roku Link including Sling TV. More are expected to be adding support for Roku link shortly. We have asked Roku for a full list of supported Roku Channels and will post an update as we learn more.
Update: Roku reached out to Cord Cutters News to say that at launch Hulu, Sling TV, Pandora, Philo, fuboTV, and more will support this new feature.
New Roku Voice Search
Now Roku’s voice search is even more powerful. With new voice commands being added with the Roku OS 9.1 update include the ability to say “replay” to go back a few seconds, “turn closed captions on/off” to toggle closed captions, or if you own a Roku TV that has the Fast TV Start feature enabled, and more. You will also now be able to turn the TV display off while streaming select music channels like Pandora, iHeartRadio and TuneIn by saying phrases like “turn display off.”
Roku is also adding instant play to Roku voice search. When you use voice search to look for movies and TV shows on The Roku Channel your show and movie will now just play rather than display search results. This new feature will work on services like HBO NOW and other premium add-ons if you use the Roku Channel to signup for your HBO NOW subscription.
Roku My Offers:
Now on the Roku home screen if you are eligible for special offers or discounts on Roku devices you will see a My Offers area show up on your home screen. Here you will be able to see discounts on Roku products and buy them right from your Roku. According to Roku if no offers are available, My Offers will not appear on your home screen.
Roku Guest Mode:
Roku also officially announced the new Roku Guest Mode we talked about a few weeks ago. Now you will be able to let guests log into your Roku and automatically remove their info when they leave.
Here is how Roku described the Roku Guest Mode:
This feature is perfect for your next house swap or for short term rentals. When enabled on a Roku streaming player or Roku TV, Guest Mode enables visiting guests to sign in to subscription channels using their own account credentials. Guests can specify a date on which their credentials will be automatically removed from the Roku device. To enable Guest Mode, go to Settings > System > Guest Mode.
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