Roku® OS software release notes

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.

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

** Note: 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.     

* 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.

Happy Streaming!

 

Previous Roku OS software release notes

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.

Supported 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: 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 Updates and Bug Fixes:

• 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.

• 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.

* 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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