Roku® OS software release notes

Today we’re announcing Roku OS 8, a major update to the operating system that powers Rokuâ streaming players and Roku TVmodels. Roku OS 8 introduces a number of new features including Smart Guide, an electronic program guide for Roku TV models that provides information for shows and movies available on local antenna broadcast TV, as well as where that content is available to stream. In addition, we’ve updated our 4K Spotlight Channel, enhanced voice capabilities and much more. Roku OS 8 will begin rolling out to Roku players in early October, and on Roku TV models beginning in November. The software update is expected to rollout to all Roku devices by the end of the year. Check out a detailed list of Roku OS 8 features and fixes below.  

* Note: Some updates and/or bug fixes only apply to specific Roku devices. In those instances, supported devices are indicated in the release notes.

** Note: A full list of supported Roku devices that will receive Roku OS 8 is included below.

Key Roku OS 8 Features:

  • New voice features and enhancements (US only) – Roku OS 8 delivers a number of exciting new voice capabilities for Roku devices. If you own a Roku TV, controlling your TV is even more convenient with new voice controls for switching inputs, tuning to free local broadcast channels and more. Just use your voice remote or the free Roku mobile app to speak commands such as “tune to NBC,” or “switch to HDMI 1” to control your Roku TV with ease.

    In addition, our voice search feature for Roku streaming players and Roku TVs now includes natural language understanding to allow you to search for movies, shows, actors or directors, or even launch streaming channels, in a more conversational tone. For example, you can say things like “show me movies with Tom Hanks,” “launch Hulu,” or even more detailed searches such as “show me comedies with Will Ferrell.”

    If your Roku streaming player or Roku TV did not come with a voice-enabled remote control, you can still use voice features by downloading the free Roku mobile app for iOS® or Android™.

    For more details on voice search and controls, click here.

    * Note: You must have an HDTV antenna connected to your Roku TV to use voice controls to tune to a specific local broadcast channel. Additionally, voice controls do not support TV inputs that have been assigned a custom name.

  • Smart Guide for Roku TVs (US only) – When using an HDTV antenna to view free local broadcast channels on your Roku TV, you can now access a detailed electronic program guide to make it easy to find broadcast entertainment. Simply select the antenna input from your Roku TV home screen and Smart Guide will display past, current and upcoming broadcast TV in an easy-to-use program guide. Smart Guide provides program information from seven days in the past up to 14 days in the future. Over time, Smart Guide will even identify your favorite broadcast channels by placing your most viewed channels at the top of the program guide.

    Smart Guide also includes our More Ways to Watch feature to provide you with additional viewing options. A More Ways to Watch prompt will appear on your screen if a movie or show listed in the program guide is also available to watch on-demand from popular streaming services, or if more episodes of a show are available to stream. And, just like Roku Search, we’ll show you when movies or shows can be streamed for free, or ranked by price with the lowest cost option first. More Ways to Watch will also provide recommendations for similar movies or shows you can stream on your Roku TV.

    Click here for more information about Smart Guide, or here for information about More Ways to Watch.

    * Note: To use Smart Guide, you must have an HDTV antenna connected to your Roku TV that receives local broadcast signals and have your TV connected to the internet. You can refer to Antenna Web for information on free local antenna TV available in your area, as well as information on finding and using an HDTV antenna.  

  • Antenna TV listings now included in Roku Search results (US Roku TVs only) – If you have an HDTV antenna connected to your Roku TV, Roku Search now includes results for free local broadcast TV listings in addition to streaming options. Just enter your search term using the onscreen keyboard, or use your voice with a voice remote or the free Roku mobile app, and Roku Search shows you if the movie or show is currently available to watch on local broadcast TV via your HDTV antenna, or at any time in the next two weeks.

    Click here to learn more about using an HDTV antenna with your Roku TV to access free local broadcast stations.

    * Note: You must have an HDTV antenna connected to your Roku TV to see local broadcast TV results in Roku Search, and results will appear only for those channels your HDTV antenna received during the channel scan. Search results will not appear for news or sports programming.

  • Updated 4K Spotlight Channel (US, Canada and Mexico) – We’ve updated the 4K Spotlight Channel to make it even easier to find premium content in 4K, HDR and Dolby Vision. Updates to the channel include a new navigation menu to help you quickly select the type of content you wish to view, inclusion of more content categories to easily browse by genre, and the option to choose from multiple streaming channels if a movie or show is available from more than one provider.

    * Note: The 4K Spotlight Channel is only available on Roku devices that support 4K video streaming.

  • Private Listening for antenna TV (Roku TV only) – Private Listening now works when you’re viewing free local broadcast TV via an HDTV antenna connected to your Roku TV. This feature previously worked only when viewing streaming entertainment. Private Listening is available on Roku remotes that feature a headphone jack, as well as all supported Roku devices by using the free Roku mobile app. Click here for more information about Mobile Private Listening.

    * Note: Mobile Private Listening will not work with analog over-the-air broadcast TV.

  • Fast TV Start (Roku TV only) – You can now choose to enable Fast TV Start on your Roku TV to more quickly start your TV from standby, wake your TV with a voice command using the voice remote or Roku mobile app, and install software updates while in standby. To toggle Fast TV Start on or off, go to Settings > System > Power and click on Fast TV Start to enable/disable the feature at any time. * Note: Fast TV Start uses more power than normal standby and, when enabled, will override the default power settings. This feature is not available on Roku TV models that have received an Energy Starâ designation.

  • TV Everywhere (TVE) single sign-on – For those customers who are pay TV subscribers, we now have single sign-on for a large selection of TVE streaming channels to eliminate the need to log into TVE channels multiple times. If you subscribe to Dish, Cox, AT&T or any of hundreds of other pay TV providers, you can now enjoy the convenience of single sign-on when using 30 TVE streaming channels on the Roku platform. Click here for more information.

 

Additional Roku OS 8 Updates and Bug Fixes

  • You can now test your network and internet connection, and receive information to resolve connectivity issues such as poor wireless signal strength or internet speed. At any time, go to Settings > Network > Check connection. For more details, click here.

  • Closed Captions are now displayed with a more consistent on-screen appearance across streaming channels.

  • More Ways to Watch for Roku TVs has been updated with a new visual design that makes it easier for you to identify which streaming channels have content related to what you’re watching via HDMI inputs such as cable or satellite boxes, and/or connected HDTV antennas.

  • You can now configure your Roku player for 24, 25, 30 or 60 Hz HDMI output based on your audiovisual equipment and viewing preferences. For more information, click here.

  • Fixed multiple bugs that caused Roku devices to reboot intermittently when steaming specific channels.

  • Fixed a bug that caused 4:3 streaming content to be “over-stretched” when some Roku TV models were put into Stretch mode.

  • Improved performance of navigating the UI on Roku Streaming Stick model 3500X.

  • Fixed a bug that caused system reboots when Audio Guide is enabled and long scrollable text blocks appeared on screen.

  • Fixed a bug in which color banding would appear on the screen for some Roku TV models when entering USB media player.

  • Fixed a bug that caused some Roku TV models to freeze when displaying the screensaver.

  • Fixed a bug in which audio would not mute immediately after some Roku TV models were turned off.

  • Updated UI text for Night Listening Mode to make it more clear what the feature will do when enabled.

  • Fixed a bug in which closed captions would occasionally not appear in some streaming channels after an advertisement was played.

  • Fixed a bug in which the battery life indicator for Roku player model 4200X would sometimes display inaccurate battery life.

  • Fixed a bug in which HD streaming content from some channels would appear in “double letterbox” display on some Roku TV models.

  • Additional updates and fixes were made to improve overall streaming performance and reliability across Roku devices.

Supported Roku Devices:

  •  Roku Streaming Players – 4660X, 4640X, 4630X, 4620X, 4400X, 4230X, 4210X, 4200X, 3910X, 3900X, 3810X, 3800X, 3710X, 3700X, 3600X, 3500X, 3420X, 3400X, 3100X, 3050X, 3000X, 2720X, 2710X, 2700X, 2500X, 2450X, 2400X

  • Roku TV – All Roku TV models are expected to receive Roku OS 8

* Note: Streaming channel developers, content partners, advertisers and anyone who would like information related to SDK updates and additional improvements within Roku OS 8 can find more info on the Roku Developer Blog or in our SDK documentation.

Happy Streaming!

 

 

Previous Roku OS software release notes

Roku OS 7.7

Roku OS 7.7 includes updates and bug fixes to improve your entertainment experience when using supported Roku streaming devices. Below are highlights of our latest software release and the updates we’ve made to make your streaming experience more enjoyable.
  • Note: Roku OS 7.7 will begin to roll out to select Roku devices starting today and is expected to be available on all supported Roku streaming players and Roku TV models by the end of August. A full list of supported devices is included below.

Roku OS 7.7 updates and bug fixes

  • Roku devices will now proactively notify you regarding loss of connectivity during streaming and direct you to network settings to update your connection. Click here for more information.

  • When using Screen Mirroring on your Roku device, you now have more control over which devices to allow or block from connecting to your Roku device. Any time a Screen Mirroring session is attempted, you will now receive an on-screen prompt allowing you to accept or reject the session. You can also choose to “always accept” or “always reject” a particular device from connecting.

    Click here for more information on Screen Mirroring.

  • All Roku TV models now support the More Ways to Watch feature. Click here for more information on More Ways to Watch.

  • The USB media player on Roku TVs will now support playback of MPEG-1 and H.263 files.

  • Fixed a bug in which closed captions would sometimes show upcoming text early.

  • Added an on-screen warning message for Roku TVs to make it clear that pre-existing channel favorites lists will be deleted if you initiate a new channel scan for antenna TV.

  • Addressed multiple bugs that caused audio, visual and/or crashing issues across a number of streaming channels.

  • Fixed a bug that caused audio-visual sync issues for some channels when streaming on select Roku TV models.

  • Introduced a number of improvements and bug fixes to improve the overall experience when using Audio Guide.

Supported Roku Devices

  • Roku Streaming Players – 4640X, 4630X, 4620X, 4400X, 4230X, 4210X, 4200X, 3710X, 3700X, 3600X, 3500X, 3420X, 3400X, 3100X, 3050X, 3000X, 2720X, 2710X, 2700X, 2500X, 2450X, 2400X

  • Roku TV – All Roku TV models will run Roku OS 7.7

Don’t see your Roku device on the list? We recommend you upgrade to a newer Roku device to get access to our latest and greatest features and content. Click here to check out our current Roku devices.

Note: Streaming channel developers, content partners, advertisers and anyone who would like information related to SDK updates and additional improvements within Roku OS 7.7 can find more info on the Roku Developer Blog or in our SDK documentation.

 

 

Roku OS 7.6

Today we’re announcing Roku OS 7.6, an update to our operating system that will roll out to all current-generation Rokuâ streaming players and Roku TVmodels over the next few weeks. With a focus on updates to Roku TV, Roku OS 7.6 introduces new features and fixes that make finding and watching the entertainment you love fast and convenient.

Notes:

  • Some updates and/or bug fixes only apply to specific Roku devices. In those instances, supported devices are indicated in the release notes.
  • Roku OS 7.6 will begin to roll out to select Roku streaming players starting today and is expected to be available on all supported Roku streaming players and Roku TV models before June. A full list of supported devices is included below.

Key Roku OS 7.6 Features

  • More Ways to Watch for Roku TVs (US only) – This feature provides an enhanced viewing experience based on what you watch on devices connected to your HD or Full HD Roku TV via HDMI inputs such as cable or satellite boxes, and/or connected over-the-air broadcast antennas. You’ll be required to enable the feature via an opt-in prompt on your Roku TV once the feature is available or when setting up a new Roku TV. More Ways to Watch can recognize the show or movie you’re watching on these boxes and antennas using Automatic Content Recognition (ACR) technology and suggest additional viewing options via streaming to enhance your experience. Additional viewing options may include the ability to watch from the beginning, watch more episodes of the same show and/or view suggestions for similar entertainment available to stream.

    For details about different viewing options, learn how to use More Ways to Watch on your Roku TV.

    More Ways to Watch can be turned on or off at any time in the Roku TV settings menu. If you choose to turn off More Ways to Watch after it was first enabled, viewing information collected prior to the feature being turned off will not be deleted.

    Note: More Ways to Watch will be available for existing 4K Roku TV models in the next few months.

  • Closed caption on replay for Roku TVs – Roku OS 7.6 helps make sure you never miss what was said by expanding our closed caption on replay feature to include Live TV Pause on Roku TVs. When this setting is enabled, simply press the replay or left button on your Roku remote to go back a few moments in the movie or show you’re watching to view closed captions, if available, for dialog you may have missed. Closed captions will appear on the screen until you reach the original point you were watching in the movie or show. You can turn this feature on or off within the Closed Caption settings menu. Additionally, when the setting is enabled on your Roku TV or Roku player, closed captions will now appear on the screen while content is paused.

  • Updates to Live TV Pause for Roku TVs – When using the Live TV Pause feature on your Roku TV, you’ll now see thumbnail images displayed on the screen while pausing, rewinding, or fast forwarding to make it easier to identify where you are in the movie or show to resume playing at the moment you want to watch.

  • Favorite channels list for Roku TV tuner – You can now create a list of your favorite broadcast channels when you have a broadcast antenna connected to your Roku TV. To create your own favorite channels list, simply press the left button when watching over-the-air television on your Roku TV to bring up the list of available channels. Press the options button asterisk on your Roku TV remote to add individual channels to your favorites list. Once created, the favorites list will allow you to browse only the tuner channels you’ve added to that list. You can switch back to the all-channels list to view all available tuner channels at any time.

  • Custom input naming for Roku TVs – Roku OS 7.6 introduces the ability to assign custom names to your Roku TV inputs. To name an input, just highlight the input tile on your Roku TV home screen and press the options button asterisk on your Roku TV remote. Scroll through the list of pre-populated input names until you reach “set custom name and icon” and press OK. Now you can enter any name you’d like (up to 15 characters) for the input device for easier identification of your Roku TV inputs.  

  • Faster resume from standby for select Roku TV models – HD and Full HD Roku TV models will now resume from standby mode a few seconds faster than before the Roku OS 7.6 update so you can get to the entertainment you love more quickly.

Additional Roku OS 7.6 Updates and Bug Fixes

  • Roku 4 streaming player now supports our mobile Private Listening feature.
  • If you press a channel shortcut button on the bottom of the Roku remote while streaming content, you will now receive an onscreen prompt asking you to confirm that you want to exit the current channel. This helps prevent accidental presses of a shortcut button from immediately exiting the channel you’re watching.
  • Fixed bug in which the Options and/or Back buttons would intermittently stop working after loading some channels.
  • Fixed an issue that caused slower boot-up times in some Roku TV models.
  • Fixed bugs in which Audio Guide on some Roku TV models would not properly convert text to speech in a small number of instances.
  • Resolved issue that prevented some Roku TV models from supporting Screen Mirroring feature.
  • Resolved issue that prevented some Roku TV models from supporting Hotel & Dorm Connect feature.
  • Addressed a number of bugs related to specific streaming channels to improve channel performance and reduce channel crashes.

Supported Roku Devices

  • Roku Streaming Players – 4640X, 4630X, 4620X, 4400X, 4230X, 4210X, 4200X, 3710X, 3700X, 3600X, 3500X, 3420X, 3400X, 3100X, 3050X, 3000X, 2720X, 2710X, 2700X, 2500X, 2450X, 2400X
  • Roku TV – All Roku TV models will run Roku OS 7.6

Note: Streaming channel developers, content partners, advertisers and anyone who would like information related to SDK updates and additional improvements within Roku OS 7.6 can find more info on the Roku Developer Blog or in our SDK documentation.

 

 

Roku OS 7.5

We’re happy to announce the release of Roku OS 7.5, the latest version of our operating system that will soon roll out to all current-generation Roku streaming players and Roku TV™ models. Roku OS 7.5 includes new features and fixes to bring more value and enjoyment to your streaming experience when using your Roku device. With this release, we’re bringing many new features including Live TV Pause and Mobile private listening to all Roku TV models.

Notes:

  • Some updates and/or bug fixes only apply to specific Roku devices. In those instances, supported devices are indicated in the release notes.
  • Roku OS 7.5 is expected to be available on all supported Roku devices in the New Year. An update to the Roku mobile app for iOS and Android that supports new Roku OS 7.5 features is now available.

Key Roku OS 7.5 Features

  • Live TV Pause (Roku TV models only) – Never miss a play with Live TV Pause, a new feature available for all Roku TV models. When an antenna is connected to your Roku TV, you can now easily pause and playback digital broadcast TV to make sure you never miss a minute of the action when you head to the kitchen for a snack run. Using this new feature, over-the-air TV can be paused for up to 90 minutes. Live TV Pause requires a USB storage device with 16GB or more of storage capacity to be connected to your Roku TV.

  • Mobile private listening for Roku TV models – Roku OS 7.5 brings a popular feature that’s currently available on select Roku streaming players (3600X, 3700X, 3710X, 4620X, 4630X, 4640X) to all Roku TV models. When using the latest version of the Roku mobile app for iOS and Android (V3.6.0), Roku TV owners can now enjoy private listening via their mobile device while watching streaming content. With this new feature, you can listen as loud as you like while not disturbing others in the house. Simply launch the Roku mobile app while connected to the same wireless network as your Roku TV, connect a pair of headphones to your mobile device and enjoy.
     
  • Audio Guide – To provide a better entertainment experience for the visually impaired, Roku OS 7.5 includes a new Audio Guide feature that is available on Roku TV models in the US as well as select Roku streaming players (4640X, 4630X, 4620X, 3710X, 3700X, 3600X). This feature uses text-to-speech to assist with navigation of the Roku user interface and onscreen menus. Audio Guide can be activated by pressing the “*” button on the Roku remote four times consecutively, or by selecting to turn the feature on/off within the new Accessibility category in the Settings menu. 

  • Roku player remote volume control – Roku streaming player models with remotes that feature volume buttons (4640x, 4630x, 4400x, 4230x, 4200x) can now control the volume level of TVs that support volume control via HDMI® Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) technology.

  • New feedback option for streaming channels – You can now quickly provide feedback on your experience with streaming channels by pressing the Options button “*” on your Roku streaming player or Roku TV remote control when the channel tile is highlighted. Simply select “Give us feedback” from the options menu to report your experience to help ensure our channel partners are aware of potential issues.

  • Roku Media Player auto launch (only works with Roku devices that include USB input) – Roku OS 7.5 makes accessing your stored videos and other content easy by automatically launching the Roku Media Player when you insert your USB storage device. This feature can be disabled if desired.  

  • Screen mirroring added for more Roku players – Roku OS 7.5 adds our screen mirroring feature to the Roku Premiere, Roku Premiere+ and Roku Ultra. Screen mirroring allows you to wirelessly mirror your compatible Android or Windows Mobile device's screen onto your TV screen. More information about screen mirroring on your Roku device is available here.

  • Play on Roku support for multiple mobile devices – Roku OS 7.5 and the updated Roku mobile app for iOS and Android now enable multiple people to use the Play on Roku feature on a Roku device. You and your friends can share and enjoy photos from your mobile devices on the big screen at the same time.

  • Improved search experience – Updates to Roku search provide results more quickly as you enter the title, actor or director you want to search. Relevant search results are displayed as soon as you begin entering text to help make finding what you want to watch easier. In addition, the relevancy of search results across the 100+ channels now included in Roku search has been improved.

  • Streaming performance – Roku OS 7.5 includes a variety of updates to improve the overall streaming performance of your Roku device. Videos will start more quickly in some channels and channels supporting video playlists have more seamless video transitions.

Roku OS 7.5 Bug Fixes

  • Logitech Harmony remotes can now wake-up a Roku 4 player.
  • Fixed bug where a Roku 4 player occasionally displayed content in the upper left corner of the screen after display settings were changed from 720p/1080p to 4K UHD.
  • Fixed bug where the focus of the Roku user interface would occasionally appear off center in some user interface themes when scrolling through menus.
  • Roku® Streaming Stick® (model 3600X) will now auto-detect the TV display setting and select the optimal setting based on your TV’s resolution.
  • Fixed bug that caused the screen to flicker when playing some games on select Roku streaming players (models 3600x, 2720x, 2710x, 2700x, 2500x, 2450x).
  • Fixed bug where a Roku 4 player would display inconsistent black levels when display setting was manually changed to 4K UHD.
  • Fixed bug where some Roku TV models would experience occasional delay during playback when using the Roku Media Player.

Supported Roku Devices

  • Roku Streaming Players – 4640X, 4630X, 4620X, 4400X, 4230X, 4210X, 4200X, 3710X, 3700X, 3600X, 3500X, 3420X, 3400X, 3100X, 3050X, 3000X, 2720X, 2710X, 2700X, 2500X, 2450X, 2400X
  • Roku TV – All Roku TV models will run Roku OS 7.5

Note: Streaming channel developers, content partners, advertisers and anyone who would like information related to SDK updates and additional improvements within Roku OS 7.5 can find more info on the Roku Developer Blog or in our SDK documentation.

 

 

Roku OS 7.2

Roku OS 7.2 introduces several updates and bug fixes to improve your streaming entertainment experience when using supported Roku streaming devices. Below are highlights of Roku OS 7.2 that will help ensure your streaming sessions will be as enjoyable as possible.

Note: Some updates and/or bug fixes only apply to specific Roku streaming devices. In those instances, supported devices are indicated in the release notes below.

Key Roku OS 7.2 Features

  • Auto display change detection (Roku 4400X only) – This update helps you get the best quality image/video when you move your Roku 4 player to a new TV. When you switch your streaming player to a different TV, you will be provided with a message that initiates video resolution setup where you’ll be provided with the recommended setting for the best display for your TV. Display settings can always be changed in the settings menu.

  • Screen mirroring (Roku streaming players only) – Following additional compatibility testing and improvements after its initial release, our screen mirroring feature is no longer in Beta for Roku streaming players.

  • Boot time (Roku streaming players only) – Improved overall boot time of some Roku streaming players when compared to boot times of Roku OS 7.0.

  • Roku TV standby – Reduced the amount of time it takes Roku TV models to reconnect to the wireless network after being in standby mode.

  • Roku TV standby mode LED – Roku TVs now have an option allowing you to control whether the standby status LED on the TV bezel is on or off after the TV is turned off. The setting is located in Settings > System > Power > Standby LED.

  • Dolby Digital Plus™ pass through – Improvements were made to provide a better experience with Dolby Digital Plus pass through with decoded audio in some streaming channels.

  • Wireless remote connection to Roku streaming player – Roku OS 7.2 includes a number of updates and bug fixes that improve the overall performance and reliability of wireless remote connections.

Key Roku OS 7.2 Bug Fixes

  • Fixed bug in which Roku 4 (4400X) remote may fail to “wake up” when the Roku 4 was connected to Ethernet.
  • Fixed bug that caused an audio stutter to occur when playing some games on select Roku streaming players (3100X, 3050X, 3000X, 2400X).
  • Fixed bug that caused a blank screen to appear on the TV when the Roku 4 (4400X) video display setting was set to 4K display mode and the Roku 4 was connected to a non-4K TV.
  • Fixed bug in which some Roku TV models would fail to enter suspend mode after being powered off using the Roku TV remote.
  • Fixed bug that resulted in some banner advertisements appearing on the home screen with no content.

Supported Roku Devices

  • Roku Streaming Players - 4400X, 4230X, 4210X, 4200X, 3600X, 3500X, 3420X, 3400X, 3100X, 3050X, 3000X, 2720X, 2710X, 2700X, 2650X, 2600X, 2500X, 2450X, 2400X
  • Roku TV™ – All Roku TV models support Roku OS 7.2
Note: Channel developers, partners, advertisers and anyone who would like information related to SDK updates and additional improvements within Roku OS 7.2 can find more info on the Roku Developer Blog or our SDK documentation.

 

 

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