How to find movies and TV shows using Roku Search

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Search using the on-screen keyboard

After pressing the Home button home on your Roku remote, navigate up or down and select Search. Start typing the first few letters of the movie, TV show, actor, director, or channel and Roku Search will update the results as you complete the word or phrase. When you find the entertainment choice or channel you are looking for, select the entry to see more details including viewing options.

  • Notes:

    • If you choose a viewing option on a channel that is not installed on your Roku device, you will be prompted to add the channel.
    • Search results for “over-the-air” broadcast television include programs currently airing along with future showings. When you select a program for a future time slot, your Roku TV will switch to the Antenna TV input and tune to the correct channel – it will not set a reminder.

Search using your mobile device

You can search on your mobile device by accessing Channels or What’s On from the free Roku mobile app. To get started, launch the Roku mobile app and then follow the instructions below.

  1. Tap Channels channels icon or What’s On what's on icon from the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap the magnifying glass magnifying glass icon at the top of the screen to access the search page.
  3. After the keyboard appears, start typing the first few letters of the movie, TV show, actor, director or channel and Roku Search will update the results as you complete the word or phrase. When you find the entertainment choice or channel you are looking for, tap the entry to see more details including viewing options.

    Tip: Type in today’s date (e.g. “1 17” for January 17th) to see the latest news headlines from over a dozen news channels. Note, you must enter a space between the month and day to see news results.
  • Notes:

    • If you choose a viewing option on a channel that is not installed on your Roku device, you will be prompted to add the channel.
    • Search results for “over-the-air” broadcast television include programs currently airing along with future showings. When you select a program for a future time slot, your Roku TV will switch to the Antenna TV input and tune to the correct channel – it will not set a reminder.

Search using voice

With conversational phrases like “show me movies with Tom Hanks” you can search your Roku streaming player or Roku TV with your voice. Commands like these can be issued via the free Roku mobile app, or a Roku Enhanced remote with voice. Learn more about using your voice to search for movies, TV shows and more.

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