As one of the most popular streaming devices, Roku players and TVs are a common choice for many streamers. The game show is morphing into something more suited to the "smart home" lifestyle. The average modern man wants access to the video content he wants, when he wants it.
Likewise, as one of the most popular smart TV brands, Samsung is used by millions of people around the world. As a Samsung smart TV owner, you must know how to add Roku to it.
Why not Roku TV?
The most obvious answer to this question is "no one said you shouldn't buy a Roku TV". Their latest Hisense release has proven to be a fantastic smart TV option capable of doing everything any other Roku gamer can. That being said, Roku TVs aren't exactly ideal if you want to use them for anything other than, well, Roku.
So if you have a new Samsung smart TV, you're probably better off getting a Roku player instead of a Hisense TV. Also, Roku TVs (other than Hisense) aren't as powerful as Roku players. That's why some Roku TV owners buy Roku sticks or players and set up their device so that they can access Roku, through a Roku player, on a Roku TV. This may sound ridiculous, but that's how it is.
Finally, if you're reading this, chances are you already own a great Samsung smart TV and have already purchased your Roku streaming device.
Types of Roku devices
First of all, there are two types of Roku devices (not including Roku TV): Roku Sticks and Roku Players. A Roku stick comes in the form of a flash drive which, when set up correctly, proves to be a handy travel companion. Unlike a typical USB stick, however, the Roku stick is connected to your TV's HDMI port. So, make sure your Samsung TV has one. It probably is, but do it before ordering your Roku, just to be sure.
The other type of Roku is the Roku player. It's basically a streaming device that looks like a TV box that lets you access features that your TV doesn't have by default. This device also connects via the HDMI port.
plug it in
First, you need to make sure your TV has an HDMI 2.0 port. Also, if you want to stream 4K HDR, your TV's HDMI 2.0 must support HDCP 2.2. In fact, if you want to stream 4K HDR to your Samsung TV, every device in your chain must support HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2. Otherwise, HDR streaming will not be available.
Of course, to use the Roku device, you'll need to plug it into one of your TV's HDMI ports. If your TV has yellow, red, and white ports, you can get an HDMI to component adapter. It is important that you take note of the HDMI port you are going to use for your Roku device, if your TV has multiple ports.
Now just turn on your Samsung TV and switch the input to the HDMI port you have the Roku device plugged into.
Now the Roku logo should appear on your TV screen. It may take a while to load the first time you start it. Don't worry, it won't take that long next time you turn it on.
Once loaded, you will be prompted to choose your preferred language. Then you will be able to choose the preferred Wi-Fi network you want to connect to. Enter your credentials, log in and voila! You have successfully set up Roku on your Samsung Smart TV.
In truth, the Roku setup process works pretty much the same on all smart TV brands. Before making the purchase, it is essential to check if your TV is compatible with the Roku device you want to buy.
Have you successfully added the Roku device to your Samsung smart TV? Did you encounter any problems? Do not hesitate to access the comments section for any question, advice, recommendation or suggestion.