5 Great Roku Features You Need To Know

You Need To Know These 5 Great Roku Features and how to take advantage of them if you are not using them yet.

1- How to use Roku Media Player to play videos, music and photos
5 Great Roku Features You Need To Know

Roku Media Player is a channel available for download through the Roku Channel Store. It may also be pre-installed on some Roku streaming devices. Roku Media Player allows you to watch your own personal video files, listen to your music files, and view your photos using the Roku device’s USB port (if available) or by accessing a media server on your local network.

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2- How to cast apps like YouTube or Netflix from phone to TV
5 Great Roku Features You Need To Know

You can of course launch channels directly from your Roku streaming player or Roku TV, but on some occasions, you may want to direct, or cast, to your TV what you are already watching on your mobile device. You can do this wirelessly with supported apps like YouTube and Netflix by opening the casting icon casting icon on your phone or tablet and selecting your Roku device. The channel will launch automatically on your Roku device and playback will begin.

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3- How to enable closed captioning

When activated, closed captioning (abbreviated CC) displays the spoken elements, background noises, and sound effects of a movie or program as text on your TV screen. These captions provide an important connection to entertainment and news for individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Closed captions are also useful when dialogue is difficult to understand, or when the volume cannot be turned up too loud.

Closed captions are available only when the service provider (e.g., BBC iPlayer, NOW TV) includes them with their content. Check with the service provider for information about the availability of closed captions.

4- How to increase memory with a micro SD card?

Some Roku players provide access to a micro SD card slot. Adding a micro SD card allows you to expand the amount of internal memory available for installing channels and games from the Roku Channel Store. The micro SD card is not used for storage of personal media such as photos, videos or music. Personal media can be accessed using a USB device.

As you add more channels, you may see a screen suggesting that you add a micro SD card. While not required, adding a micro SD card to your Roku player allows your channels and games to load faster.  

5- How to use Hotel & Dorm Connect to connect to the internet

When you are away from home, Hotel & Dorm Connect allows you to stream your favorite movies and TV shows using the internet connection at a hotel or college dorm. Connecting to a public network often requires signing in through a web browser, but with Hotel & Dorm Connect, you can authenticate the connection for your Roku streaming device from your computer or smartphone.


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