How to improve contrast using local dimming on your Roku TV™


Select Roku TV models have an advanced picture control setting called local dimming, or local contrast. Local dimming technology improves the contrast performance of your Roku TV by dimming the parts of the screen that should be dark while not altering the parts of the screen that should be bright. Achieving more realistic blacks in this way causes you to see a sharper image with colors that appear more vivid and whites that seem brighter.

  • Note: Not all Roku TV models support local dimming (or local contrast). Refer to the manufacturer of your Roku TV for details.

How does local dimming work?

The backlight structure behind the front LCD screen on your Roku TV is divided into numerous zones of tiny lights, or LEDs. Each zone is dimmed or lit up individually depending on the contrast and lighting of each scene. When local dimming is enabled, the amount of dimming in each zone is automatic with dynamic scene-by-scene detection of brightness and contrast levels.

How do I adjust local dimming on my Roku TV?

On Roku TV models that support local dimming, the feature is available in the Advanced picture settings submenu of the Options menu. To adjust local dimming, begin playback of a movie or TV show on a streaming channel, or switch to the Antenna TV, HDMI, or AV input.

  1. After playback begins, press the star button star on your Roku TV remote to open the Options menu.
  2. Scroll up or down and select Advanced picture settings.
  3. Locate the Local dimming (or local contrast) selection.

    • Note: If this selection is not listed in the Advanced picture settings submenu, then your Roku TV does not support local dimming.
  1. Choose the local dimming effect level using the left and right buttons on the directional pad on your Roku TV remote. The directional pad is plus-shaped and is in the center of the remote.

    • Off: Local dimming turned off and backlight is no longer controlled individually by each zone.
      Low: Local dimming enabled with small dimming range.
      Medium: Local dimming enabled with medium dimming range.
      High: Local dimming enabled with large dimming range.

Note: When Local dimming is enabled, the Dynamic contrast setting (if it exists on your Roku TV) is off and disabled automatically.


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