How to improve image quality using picture modes on your Roku TV™


Your Roku TV has multiple preset picture modes that adjust the appearance of the image to suit your preferences and viewing environment. Changing the picture mode can provide enhancements, especially given the wide range of input signal types from devices like cable and satellite boxes, Blu-ray players or gaming consoles; and the quality of those signals.

How do I change picture modes?

To change picture modes, begin playback of a movie or TV show on a streaming channel, or switch to the Antenna TV, HDMI or AV input where your other devices are connected.

  1. After playback begins, press the Star button star on your Roku TV remote to open the Options menu.
  2. Scroll up or down to Picture mode.
  3. Change the picture mode using the left and right buttons on the directional pad. The directional pad is plus-shaped and is in the center of the remote.

What picture modes are available?

You can choose from the following standard picture modes on all Roku TV models.

  • Low Power: Optimized to save energy. This is the default “out of box” setting.
    Normal: Good for everyday viewing in moderate to bright rooms.
    Vivid: Intense and brilliant picture for use in rooms with a lot of light.
    Sports: Optimized for sports viewing where camera panning and action shots are common.
    Movie: Ideal for darker rooms to view the movie as the director intended.

If you have a Roku TV that is capable of displaying movies and TV shows in High Dynamic Range, or HDR, the standard picture modes described above are only available during playback of SD, HD, and 4K (non-HDR) content. When HDR content is detected, you will be able to choose from either the HDR10 or Dolby Vision picture modes depending on the format of the movie or TV show.

  • HDR10 – All Roku TV models capable of displaying HDR content support the HDR10 format.

    • Dark HDR logo: Balanced picture settings closest to a cinema experience.
      Normal HDR logo: Brighter picture settings slightly boosting colors.
      Bright HDR logo: Vivid picture settings for much brighter colors.

  • Dolby Vision – Only select Roku TV models capable of displaying HDR content support Dolby Vision. If your Roku TV does not support Dolby Vision, a movie or TV show in Dolby Vision will not appear in HDR and the standard picture modes will be available.

    • Dark Dolby Vision logo:  Balanced picture settings closest to a cinema experience.
      Normal Dolby Vision logo:  Brighter picture settings slightly boosting colors.
      Bright Dolby Vision logo: Vivid picture settings for much brighter colors.

When HDR10 or Dolby Vision content is no longer detected, your HDR-enabled Roku TV automatically switches back to the previously selected standard picture mode.

Advanced picture settings

Picture modes can be fine-tuned to achieve a more tailored image. From the same Options menu where you change picture modes (see above), select Advanced picture settings. The following settings can be adjusted.

  • Dynamic contrast: Manually adjust backlight level for the entire screen.
    Backlight: Adjust peak backlight level of your TV screen.
    Brightness: Adjust how dark black sections appear.
    Contrast: Adjust intensity of white parts of the image.
    Sharpness: Adjust how sharp or soft edges appear.
    Color: Adjust how intense colors look.
    Tint: Adjust to get satisfactory skin tones.
    Color Temperature: Adjust how blue or red the image appears.

Pro Tip: Your Roku TV stores unique picture mode settings for each video input. For example, you can connect your cable box to the HDMI 1 input and select the Vivid picture mode, and when streaming content, you can select the Movie picture mode. When you switch between the inputs, your Roku TV remembers your preferences and switches back to the picture mode you selected for each input.

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