Do I need a special TV?

All Roku streaming players will work with any television with an HDMI® connection.  However, certain features such as 4K or 4K HDR require that you are connected to a compatible television that can support those features (see below). The Roku Express+ and certain older Roku player models include a composite video connection and will work with TVs without an HDMI port (see below).

For connecting the Roku streaming player to your TV using an HDMI® connection, we recommend that you use a High Speed HDMI® Cable.

Questions about 4K Ultra HD and 4K Ultra HD HDR (High Dynamic Range)

  1. Do I need a 4K or 4K HDR compatible TV if I buy a Roku player that supports 4K or 4K HDR?
    No. All 4K Roku streaming players will work with any television with an HDMI® connection.  However, you will not be able to take advantage of 4K resolution without a compatible 4K TV, or 4K HDR without a compatible 4K HDR TV. You will also need a High Speed HDMI® Cable.
  1. Do I need a 4K or 4K HDR compatible Roku player if I have a 4K or 4K HDR compatible television?
    No. All Roku streaming players will work for any television with an HDMI® connection, so any Roku player can be connected to a 4K or 4K HDR compatible television. However, to stream movies and TV shows in 4K or 4K HDR you will need a compatible Roku streaming player and television that supports 4K or 4K HDR. You will also need a High Speed HDMI® Cable.

Compare Roku streaming players to determine which 4K or 4K HDR compatible player is right for you.

Learn more about setting up your Roku streaming player for 4K Ultra HD or 4K Ultra HD HDR.

The Roku® Streaming Stick®

The Roku Streaming Stick will work with any television with an HDMI® connection. The Roku Streaming Stick does not require an High Speed HDMI Cable and will connect directly to the HDMI® port on your TV. The Roku Streaming Stick can be powered by connecting to the USB port on your TV, for further details see the setup instructions for the Roku Streaming Stick.

What if I have an older TV that does not have an HDMI® connection?

Roku Express+ is designed for older televisions that do not have an HDMI® connection. Roku Express+ is available exclusively from Walmart and includes a composite video connector (and cable) found on most older televisions. It also includes an HDMI® connection.

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