How to set up your Roku® streaming player for 4K HDR

Background

In addition, some UHD TVs and some Roku streaming players support a feature called HDR (High Dynamic Range) for a wider range of colors and brightness. Roku players that support HDR use the HDR10 standard. You can use the Roku device comparison chart to determine which players support HDR.

Requirements

Setup

Many TVs that support HDR do not enable HDR by default. Here are the settings for enabling HDR on some of the most common TVs. For other TVs, please refer to the documentation or online user guide. Note that the HDR settings on some TVs are specific to each HDMI input. Please make sure to change the settings specific to the HDMI input to which your Roku player will be connected.

  • Samsung HDR TVs: Menu > Picture > Picture Options > HDMI UHD Color > On > Restart
  • LG HDR TVs: Home > HDMI > Settings > Advanced > Picture > HDMI ULTRA DEEP COLOR > On > Restart
  • Sony HDR TVs: Home > Settings > External inputs > HDMI signal format > HDMI [select the Roku player input] > Enhanced mode (TV will reboot)

Now, follow one of the 3 recommended options below for Roku player setup to play 4K HDR.

  1. For users connecting a Roku player directly to a compatible 4K HDR TV

  • Connect one end of your Premium High Speed HDMI Cable to the back of the Roku player. Connect the other end to an available HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2 port on the TV.
    • Note: HDMI 2.0 & HDCP 2.2 are required for viewing 4K HDR content by the TV and movie industry. Some older 4K TVs do not support HDMI 2.0 & HDCP 2.2. On some TVs, only one HDMI input has support for HDMI 2.0 & HDCP 2.2. Please look for an HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2 label next to the port or check the documentation that came with your TV to determine which HDMI port supports HDMI 2.0 & HDCP 2.2.
  • Learn how to find 4K HDR content on your Roku player from various streaming channels.
  1. For users connecting a Roku player to an AVR (A/V Receiver)

  • Connect one end of your Premium High Speed HDMI Cable to the back of the Roku player. Connect the other end to an available HDMI input on the AVR.
  • Take another High Speed HDMI Cable and connect one end to an output on the AVR. Connect the other end to an available HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2 port on the TV.
    • Note: HDMI 2.0 & HDCP 2.2 are required for viewing 4K HDR content by the TV and movie industry. Some older 4K TVs do not support HDMI 2.0 & HDCP 2.2. On some TVs, only one HDMI input has support for HDMI 2.0 & HDCP 2.2. Please look for an HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2 label next to the port or check the documentation that came with your TV to determine which HDMI port supports HDMI 2.0 & HDCP 2.2.
    • Both your AVR and your TV must support HDMI 2.0 & HDCP 2.2.
  • Learn how to find 4K HDR content on your Roku player from various streaming channels.
  • AVRs can be complicated to configure. If you have trouble, consider seeking help from a service like the Best Buy Geek Squad.
  1. For users connecting a Roku player to an ARC (Audio Return Channel) capable TV and AVR (A/V Receiver)

  • Connect one end of the Premium High Speed HDMI Cable to the back of the Roku player. Connect the other end to an available HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2 port on the TV.
    • Note: HDMI 2.0 & HDCP 2.2 are required for viewing 4K HDR content by the TV and movie industry. Some older 4K TVs do not support HDMI 2.0 & HDCP 2.2. On some TVs, only one HDMI input has support for HDMI 2.0 & HDCP 2.2. Please look for an HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2 label next to the port or check the documentation that came with your TV to determine which HDMI port supports HDMI 2.0 & HDCP 2.2.
  • Take another Premium High Speed HDMI Cable and connect one end to an HDMI ARC (audio return channel) input on the TV. Connect the other end to an HDMI input on the receiver that supports ARC. Both the TV and Receiver must support ARC. Consult your TV and AVR product documentation for more information about this requirement.
  • Learn how to find 4K HDR content on your Roku player from various streaming channels.
  • AVRs can be complicated to configure. If you have trouble, consider seeking help from a service like the Best Buy Geek Squad.
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