How to set up your Roku® streaming player for 4K

Background

The term “4K” (also known as 4K Ultra High Definition, 4K UHD or just UHD) refers to the resolution of the TV, which is a measure of how much detail you can see. While traditional 1080p HD TV is limited to 1920 vertical columns and 1080 horizontal rows of pixels, 4K Ultra HD has a total resolution of 3840 pixels by 2160. With four times the resolution of full HD displays, 4K offers improvement in picture clarity over existing HD resolutions.

Requirements

The following are required to enjoy 4K Ultra HD content.

  • A compatible 4K Ultra HD TV.
  • A Roku player capable of streaming 4K Ultra HD.
  • A High Speed HDMI® Cable.
  • A steady internet connection with enough bandwidth to stream 4K (up to 25 Mbps might be needed)
  • A streaming service like Netflix with a plan that supports streaming in 4K Ultra HD.

Setup

Follow one of the 3 recommended options for Roku player setup to play 4K Ultra HD.

  1. For users connecting a Roku player directly to a compatible 4K TV

  • Connect one end of your High Speed HDMI Cable to the back of the Roku player. Connect the other end to an available HDMI HDCP 2.2 port on the TV.
    • Note: HDCP 2.2 is required for viewing 4K content by the TV and movie industry. Some older 4K TVs do not support HDCP 2.2. On some TVs, only one HDMI input has support for HDCP 2.2. Please look for an HDCP 2.2 label next to the port or check the documentation that came with your TV to determine which HDMI port supports HDCP 2.2.
  • Click here to find 4K Ultra HD content on your Roku player from various streaming channels.
  1. For users connecting a Roku player to an AVR (A/V Receiver)

  • Connect one end of your High Speed HDMI Cable to the back of the Roku player. Connect the other end to an available HDMI input on the AVR.
  • Take another High Speed HDMI Cable and connect one end to an output on the AVR. Connect the other end to an available HDMI HDCP 2.2 port on the TV.
    • Note: HDCP 2.2 is required for viewing 4K content by the TV and movie industry. Some older 4K TVs do not support HDCP 2.2. On some TVs, only one HDMI input has support for HDCP 2.2. Please look for an HDCP 2.2 label next to the port or check the documentation that came with your TV to determine which HDMI port supports HDCP 2.2.
    • Both your AVR and your TV must support HDCP 2.2.
  • Click here to find 4K Ultra HD content on your Roku player from various streaming channels.
  • AVRs can be complicated to configure. If you have trouble, consider seeking help from a service like the Best Buy Geek Squad.
  1. For users connecting a Roku player to an ARC (Audio Return Channel) capable TV and AVR (A/V Receiver)

  • Connect one end of your High Speed HDMI Cable to the back of the Roku player. Connect the other end to an available HDMI HDCP 2.2 port on the TV.
    • Note: HDCP 2.2 is required for viewing 4K content by the TV and movie industry. Some older 4K TVs do not support HDCP 2.2. On some TVs, only one HDMI input has support for HDCP 2.2. Please look for an HDCP 2.2 label next to the port or check the documentation that came with your TV to determine which HDMI port supports HDCP 2.2.
  • Take another High Speed HDMI Cable and connect one end to an HDMI ARC (audio return channel) input on the TV. Connect the other end to an HDMI input on the receiver that supports ARC. Both the TV and Receiver must support ARC. Consult your TV and AVR product documentation for more information about this requirement.
  • Click here to find 4K Ultra HD content on your Roku player from various streaming channels.
  • AVRs can be complicated to configure. If you have trouble, consider seeking help from a service like the Best Buy Geek Squad.

 

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