The Roku streaming player remains to be the most popular among its competitors namely the Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and the Amazon Fire TV Stick due to its variety. Currently, there are five Roku streaming devices out in the market, and they all work pretty much the same way once you get them installed. There’s the original Roku, Roku 2, Roku 3, Roku 4, and the Roku Streaming Stick, with prices that range from $49.99 to $129.99.

It doesn’t matter whether you this is your first to use a Roku or you’ve had it for some years now, there are several different ways you can enjoy this streaming device aside from the basics of watching Netflix. Below are some other ways you can get more out of your Roku device.

Discover Hidden Channels

The Roku Channel Store doesn’t actually list all the available Roku channels. If you want to discover those “secret” channels, check out the Roku Guide. Click the link you want, then Add Channel, and you’ll be directed to a Roku account page. Just log in and then add the code for the channel you want and you’re set.

Stream Your Own Content

Probably one of the main reasons why you purchased a Roku is so that you can access your locally stored content on your TV. So how can you do this? Sign up for Plex ($4.99 per month, $39.99 per year, or $149.99 for a lifetime). Plex organizes your cluttered content and lets you watch them from your tablets, TVs, phones, and more; you can even share it with friends and family. Sign up for the service, then download the Plex app. In the Roku app, head to Preferences, then go to Connect Plex account. Simply follow the instructions to verify the PIN code to connect the app with your Plex account.

Movie-Star Quality

You can control the quality of your Netflix streaming on your Roku, whether you want to see things more clearly or if you need to stay within a data cap. Log in to Netflix’s website, then go to Your account, then My Profile, and then Playback Settings.

Save Your Favorite Screen

You may have paused what you’re watching and stepped out of the room. Or you may have fallen asleep while the Roku is still streaming and now the Roku logo is just bouncing around the screen. You can put something nice to look at with the help of Roku’s screensavers. Select Screensavers & Apps from your Roku’s menu, and you can get an art gallery viewing, hang out by a crackling fire, or keep an eye on the weather.

Big Game

Although not at par with an Xbox One or a PS4, but your Roku is still in the game. Just go to Games and you can go retro with the classic game of Pac Man, race to save an emperor’s daughter in Chop Chop Runner, or test your IQ in Jeopardy. If you have a Roku 3 or Roku 4, a motion controller for gaming is built-into the remote.

You’ve Got Options

Roku displays your channels in the order in which you added them. That is unless you select Options, which is visible on the upper-right, using the asterisk key from the Home screen. From there, you can reorder them so that your most frequently watched channels are placed at the top.

Gotta Love My Feed

If you want to know what movies and shows are coming soon to Roku channels, you can go to the main menu, select My Feed, and then browse shows that are coming soon. Choose the ones you want to follow and when they’re available, the details on where and how to watch will appear in the Watch It section under the menu.

Mount It All You Want

If you have a non-streaming stick Roku, it’s taking up some real estate next to your TV. You can move it out of the way by purchasing the Roku Mounting System for $9.99, which you can attach at the back of your TV.

 

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 6:34:24 AM and is filed under Tech Tips & Tricks.

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