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Owners' Guide Television

What’s in the box

Connections and setup

Refer to your TV’s Quick Start Guide or other provided documentation to for modelspecific information about attaching the base or a wall mount and making connections to AC power and to your other audio/video devices. The following information applies to all TCL Roku TV models.

Connecting an antenna, cable, or satellite box

If you are using an antenna, CATV cable without a set-top box, or a cable or satellite box that has only an antenna output, connect a 75-ohm coaxial cable (not provided) from the device to the ANT/CABLE input on the TV.

Tip: If you are using an antenna with a 300 ohm twin-lead cable, you need to use a 300-to-75 ohm adapter (not provided) to adapt the twin-lead cable to a connection that is compatible with the TV’s antenna input.

Tip: If you receive your TV stations through a set top box from a cable or satellite TV provider, connect it to the TV using the best connection method available. From most to least desirable:

  • HDMI® input – Digital HD and SD video
  • AV input – analog SD video
  • Antenna input – analog SD video using NTSC

Connecting external equipment with a composite AV video cable

If the best connection available on your device is AV or composite video output, connect it to the TV using a composite AV cable (not provided). Composite AV cables typically have three RCA-type plugs on each end, color coded as follows:

  • Yellow – Video
  • Red – Audio, right channel
  • White or black – Audio, left channel

Connect each plug to the corresponding connector on the device and on the TV.

Note: Select models have an AV Input that looks like a headphone jack. Use the breakout cable (included) to adapt this input to the three RCA-type plugs on your composite cable.

Connecting external equipment with an HDMI® cable

If possible, connect your devices using HDMI® cables (not provided). They help to provide the best video quality and also carry audio signals, so that only one cable is needed. For better picture quality, we recommend that you use cables designated as High Speed HDMI® Cables.

Tip: You might need to configure the device to send its signal through its HDMI® connector.

The connector labeled HDMI IN (ARC) has the additional ability to use the audio return channel to send digital audio to a receiver or sound bar, as explained in Connecting an AV receiver or digital sound bar.

Connecting headphones or analog sound bar to the TV

You can connect headphones or an analog sound bar (not provided) to the TV’s headphone jack.

Tip: Inserting a plug in the headphone jack disables the sound from the TV’s built-in speakers.

Warning: Loud noise can damage your hearing. When using headphones, use the lowest volume setting on your headphones that still lets you hear the sound.

Select models also have an audio line out connection that is not affected by TV volume or mute settings and does not disable the TV speakers. Use this connection when you want to use your amplifier or sound bar to control the TV volume. To turn off the TV’s built-in speakers, in the Home screen menu, navigate to Settings > Audio > TV speakers and change the setting.

Connecting an AV receiver or digital sound bar

You can enjoy Dolby Audio™ multichannel sound from your TV if you connect a digital amplifier or sound bar (not provided) in either of two ways:

  • Digital optical audio out (S/PDIF) – Connect a TOSLINK optical cable (not provided) from the TV to the Optical input on your receiver or sound bar.
  • HDMI® ARC – Connect an HDMI® cable (not provided) from the HDMI (ARC) connector to the HDMI® input on your receiver or sound bar. This connection uses the Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature of the HDMI® specification to output sound from the TV to a compatible device. To use this feature, you must configure the TV to enable HDMI® ARC, as explained in Enable HDMI® ARC.

Preparing for Internet connectivity

If you want to watch streaming content and take advantage of the cool features of your TCL Roku TV, connect it to the Internet through a wireless modem/router or a wireless access point (not provided). The TV has a built-in wireless LAN adapter.

Note: The TV supports only its internal wireless network adapter—it does not support the use of a USB network adapter.

Select 4K models have wired in addition to wireless network connectivity. To use the wired network connection, connect an RJ-45 Ethernet cable (not provided) from the jack on the back of your TV to your network router or switch. The wired connection supports both 10 Base-T and 100 Base-T Ethernet.

AC power

Plug your TV into a power outlet. You can tell that the TV has power because the status indicator lights up when the TV is off.

The topic Status indicator explains how the status indicator shows what is happening with the TV.

Roku remote batteries

Open the back of your Roku remote and insert the included batteries, observing the proper orientation as indicated in the battery compartment. Reattach the back cover.

TCL Roku TV remote

Use the following information to identify the buttons on your Roku remote.

Note: Certain remote buttons and features vary by model. Your remote might not have all buttons or features listed.

  • If your remote has a microphone button just below the purple pad, then you have a Roku Voice Remote.
  • If your remote has a headphone jack on its left edge, then you have a Roku Enhanced Voice Remote.

The Roku voice remotes have additional capabilities as described in the following table.

Panel buttons

Your TV has a set of panel buttons that perform simple control functions. The TV panel buttons are not a substitute for the remote, as they do not give you access to all TV functions.

Depending on model, your TV model has one of several different panel button designs. Choose the one that applies to your TV from the following list:

  • Single button
  • Three buttons
  • Game-pad style joystick
  • Four buttons
  • Five buttons (with mute)
  • Five buttons (without mute)
  • Seven buttons

Single button

If your TV has this style of panel button, you can perform the following functions:

  • Turn TV on: short press.
  • Display the Input List: short press when TV is on.
  • Select the next input in the Input List: short press while the TV is showing the Input List.
  • Dismiss the Input List without changing inputs: no press.
  • Turn TV off: long press.

Short press = less than two seconds

Long press = more than two seconds

No press: = no press within two seconds

Three buttons

If your TV has this style of panel buttons, you can perform the following functions:

  • Turn TV on: middle button, short or long press.
  • Volume up: right button when Input List is not active.
  • Volume down: left button when Input List is not active.
  • Display Input List: middle button, short press when TV is on.
  • Highlight next input in the Input List: right button when Input List is active.
  • Highlight previous input in the Input List: left button when Input List is active.
  • Select highlighted item in the Input List: middle button, short press, or no press.
  • Turn TV off: middle button, long press.

Short press = less than two seconds

Long press = more than two seconds

No press: = no press within four seconds

Game-pad style joystick

If your TV has this style of panel button, you can perform the following functions:

  • Press in: Toggle between power ON and Standby.
  • Press up or down: Increase/decrease the volume.
  • Press left or right: Switch inputs. Each press moves the highlight up or down one item. Pausing for a few moments selects the highlighted item.

Four buttons

If your TV has this style of panel buttons, you can perform the following functions:

  • Power: Turns the power on and off.
  • Input: Selects among TV inputs. Each press moves down one item. Pausing for a few moments selects the highlighted item.
  • Volume +: Increases the volume.
  • Volume –: Decreases the volume.

Five buttons (with mute)

If your TV has this style of panel buttons, you can perform the following functions. Note that the order of the buttons might vary from model to model. Examine the panel button labels to determine your TV model’s layout.

  • Power: Turns the power on and off.
  • Input: Selects among TV inputs. Each press moves down one item. Pausing for a few moments selects the highlighted item.
  • Volume +: Increases the volume.
  • Volume –: Decreases the volume.
  • Mute: Mutes and unmutes the sound.

Five buttons (without mute)

If your TV has this style of panel buttons, you can perform the following functions. Note that the order of the buttons might vary from model to model. Examine the panel button labels to determine your TV model’s layout.

  • Power: Turns the power on and off.
  • Input +: Selects the next TV input. Each press moves down one item. Pausing for a few moments selects the highlighted item.
  • Input -: Selects the previous TV input. Each press moves up one item. Pausing for a few moments selects the highlighted item.
  • Volume +: Increases the volume.
  • Volume –: Decreases the volume.

Seven buttons

If your TV has this style of panel buttons, you can perform the following functions. Note that the order of the buttons might vary from model to model. Examine the panel button labels to determine your TV model’s layout.

  • Input: Selects among TV inputs. Each press moves down one item. Pressing Channel + or Channel – moves the highlight up or down. Pausing for a few moments selects the highlighted item.
  • Channel +: Moves the highlighted item up in the current menu.
  • Channel –: Moves the highlighted item down in the current menu.
  • Volume +: Increases the volume.
  • Volume –: Decreases the volume.
  • Mute: Mutes and unmutes the sound.
  • Power: Turns the power on and off.

Guided Setup

With the preliminaries out of the way, it’s time to turn on your TV. As the TV starts for the first time, it leads you through Guided Setup, which configures the TV before you start to use it.

During Guided Setup, you’ll:

  • Answer a few questions
  • Provide network connection information
  • Get a software update
  • Link your TV to your Roku account.
  • Connect devices such as a DVD player, game console, or cable box.

Starting Guided Setup

To start Guided Setup, press the POWER button on the remote to turn on your TV.

Note: Guided Setup normally runs only once, the first time you turn on your TV. If you need to run Guided Setup again, you’ll have to perform a factory reset, as explained in Factory reset everything.

When you first turn on your TV, it will take a few seconds to get itself ready. You’ll notice the following things happening:

  1. The status indicator blinks every time the TV is busy doing something; in this case it’s powering up and getting ready for you.
  2. The power-on screen appears and the status indicator blinks slowly for a few more seconds. The power-on screen shows a brand logo while the TV starts up.
  3. After a few seconds, Guided Setup starts.

Completing Guided Setup

Follow these steps to complete Guided Setup. At this point, you should be seeing the Language screen.

  1. Only on models that have a Roku voice remote: A few moments after the Let’s get started screen appears, Guided Setup starts the pairing process for the voice remote. (You’ll know if you have this type of remote because it will have microphone or search button just below the down arrow on the purple pad.) If the voice remote does not pair automatically, follow the instructions on the screen to complete the pairing process.
    Tip: On TVs sold in the United States, if you are blind or visually impaired, you can activate Audio Guide, a text-to-speech screen reader to help you navigate the TV’s menus and commands. To enable the Audio Guide, press the button on the remote four times in rapid succession. Repeat to disable Audio Guide. (The button is located directly below the directional pad on the right side of the Roku remote.)
    Note: If you enabled Audio Guide, choosing any language other than English disables it.
  2. Press the DOWN arrow on the remote to highlight your preferred language, and then press OK or the RIGHT arrow.
  3. Some models have a country selection screen: If you don’t see this screen, skip ahead to the next step. If you see this screen, select your country.

    Note: If you enabled Audio Guide, choosing any country other than United States disables it.
  4. Press OK or the RIGHT arrow on the remote to go to the next screen:


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    Note: Some models show the title First things first instead of Set up environment.
  5. Press OK to select Set up for home use. This is the right choice for enjoying your TV at home. It provides energy saving options as well as access to all features of the TV.
    Note: Store mode configures the TV for retail display and is not recommended for any other use. In store mode, some features of the TV are missing or limited. To switch from one mode to the other, you have to perform a factory reset as explained in Factory reset everything, and then repeat Guided Setup.

Network connection

After you select Set up for home use, the TV prompts you to make a network connection. If your TV has both wired and wireless connections, you’ll see the following screen.

6. Only models that display the Connect to the Internet screen: Make a selection:

  • Wireless connection – Highlight Set up new wireless connection and press OK. The TV prompts you through wireless setup. Skip ahead to the next step for help with the process.
  • Wired connection – Highlight Connect to wired network and press OK. The TV immediately attempts to connect to your wired network, your local network, and then the Internet. Go to Step 9 to continue with Guided Setup.
  • Connect to the Internet later – If you don’t want to connect to the Internet right now, you can skip this step and use the TV to watch Antenna TV channels, play games, and watch DVDs. When you’re ready to connect, it’s easy. We’ll show you how in Benefits of connecting.
    Note: If you decide not to connect, Guided Setup skips ahead to setting up the devices that you’ve connected to your TV. Jump ahead to Connect your devices to complete Guided Setup.

7. On models that have wireless only, or models with both wired and wireless and you’ve selected Wireless: The TV scans for the wireless networks within range and displays them in order, with the strongest signals first. In addition to your own wireless signal, the TV might pick up signals from your neighbors.

Press the UP or DOWN arrows to highlight the name of your wireless network, and then press OK to select it.

Note: Some networks, such as those often found in dorm rooms, hotels, and other public places, require you to read and agree to terms, enter a code, or provide identifying information before letting you connect to the Internet. If your TCL Roku TV detects that you are connecting to such a network, it prompts you through the connection process using your compatible smartphone or tablet to provide the needed information. For more information, see Using your TV in a hotel or dorm room.

Other options

  • Connect to the Internet later – If you don’t want to connect to the Internet right now, you can skip this step and use the TV to watch Antenna TV channels, play games, and watch DVDs. When you’re ready to connect, it’s easy. We’ll show you how in Benefits of connecting.
    Note: If you decide not to connect, Guided Setup skips ahead to setting up the devices that you’ve connected to your TV. Jump ahead to Connect your devices to continue.
  • Scan again / Scan again to see all networks – The name of this option depends on the number of wireless networks within range.
    o Scan again appears if the list already shows all available wireless networks within range. If you don’t see your wireless network name in the list, you might need to adjust the location of your wireless router or the TV, turn on your router, or make other changes. When everything is ready, select Scan again to see if your network name now appears in the list.
    o Scan again to see all networks appears if there are more wireless networks than the strongest ones it initially listed. If you don’t see your wireless network name in the list, this option displays the complete list. If you still don’t see your network name, you might have your router configured to provide wireless service as a “private network.”
    Note: Highlighting either of these options displays an informational panel with the unique media access control (MAC) address of your TCL Roku TV. You will need the MAC address if your wireless router is configured to use MAC address filtering.
  • Private network – If your wireless network name is hidden, it won’t appear in the list. Select Private network to display an on-screen keyboard, and use it to enter your network name. Unless you changed the factory-set network name, you can find the name (also called SSID) on a label on the router.
    Tip: Wireless networks that are password-protected display a “padlock” icon adjacent to the name. This icon enables you to know that you are going to be prompted to enter a password after you select that network.

8. Only if you select a password protected wireless network: An on-screen keyboard appears. Use the keyboard to enter the network password.

After you submit your wireless network password, the TV displays progress messages as it connects to your wireless network, your local network, and the Internet.

9. Only if your TV cannot get the correct time zone and current time from your network service provider: Use the UP and DOWN arrows to highlight your time zone, and then press OK.

Tip: Your TV needs to know the local time zone so that it can correctly display information about the program you are currently watching. If the TV is unable to automatically determine the local time zone, it prompts you to choose your time zone from a list.

As soon as the TV is able to connect to the Internet, it downloads and installs its first software update, and then restarts.

Tip: Your TV automatically checks for updates periodically. These updates provide new features and improve your overall experience with the TV. After an update, you might notice that some Options have moved, and that there are new options or features. This User Guide describes version 8.0. To determine your current TCL Roku TV software version, go to Settings > System > About after you complete Guided Setup. You can download an updated User Guide that matches your TCL Roku TV software version from the TCL Roku TV web site.

Activation

After the TV restarts, it displays the Activation screen:

10. Using a compatible computer, tablet, or smartphone with an Internet connection, go to the web address displayed on the screen and enter the code that appears on your screen.

After you log in or create your Roku account, the link page suggests that you select some streaming channels. After you confirm your selections, the TV gets an acknowledgement, and then adds your preexisting and newly-selected streaming channels to your TCL Roku TV. This process is automatic and takes a few moments—a little longer if you already have a lot of streaming channels to add.

Tip: Streaming channels from all Roku streaming devices associated with your account are synchronized periodically, so that all of your Roku streaming devices have the same set of streaming channels (subject to compatibility with the device).

Connect your devices

Next, Guided Setup helps you set up the external devices that you want to use with it, such as a cable box, Blu-ray™ player, or game console.

11. Press OK or the RIGHT arrow to proceed:

12. Connect all the devices you plan to use with your TV, turn them all on, and then select Everything is plugged in and turned on. The TV now takes you step by step through each of its inputs and asks what kind of device you have connected. On each input that has a connected and active device, you can see its picture and hear its sound.

13. Press the UP or DOWN arrows to highlight the label you want to associate with the input. If you are not using the input, select Nothing, and the input won’t appear on the Home screen.

14. While setting up your devices, rather than using the predefined names and icons, you can set a custom name and icon. To do so, scroll up or down to highlight Set custom name & icon, and then press OK. Follow the instructions on the screen to enter a name and select an icon for the input. See Rename inputs for more information.
Note: If you have renamed the inputs, you cannot use voice commands to switch inputs. Voice commands can only switch among inputs that have their original names, such as “AV,” and “HDMI 1.”

15. Repeat the previous step for each input.
You’re done with Guided Setup.

Note: Some TCL Roku TVs, depending on where you live and other factors, show you an introductory video filled with some great hints and tips. If you’re not interested in viewing this video, press on the remote to return to the TCL Roku TV Home screen.

Whenever you press on the remote, the Home screen greets you.

From here, you can explore everything your TV has to offer. Press the arrow keys to move around, and press OK to select a highlighted item. We’ve designed the TV to encourage you to explore, and you can probably figure out most of the capabilities 34 and settings on your own. If you have any questions or difficulties, you can find answers and solutions in this guide.

Home screen

The following illustrations show typical Home screens, which vary depending on location, connected mode, selected theme, number of TV inputs enabled, and streaming channels and apps added.

Note: A paid subscription or other payments may be required for some channel content. Channel availability is subject to change and varies by country. Not all content is available in countries or regions where Roku® products are sold.

Typical connected Home screen, United States

  1. Home screen menu—shows options available to you when you are on the Home screen.
  2. Highlighted option—press OK on the remote to select.
  3. TV input tiles—select an input to watch the connected device.
  4. Streaming channel and app tiles—select a tile to go to the indicated streaming channel or application.
  5. Options hint—press on the remote for options when this symbol is present.
  6. Next screen hint—press the RIGHT arrow on the remote to see the next screen.

Typical connected Home screen, Canada

  1. Home screen menu—shows options available to you when you are on the Home screen.
  2. Highlighted option—press OK on the remote to select.
  3. TV input tiles—select an input to watch the connected device.
  4. Streaming channel and app tiles—select a tile to go to the indicated streaming channel or application.
  5. Options hint—press on the remote for options when this symbol is present.
  6. Next screen hint—press the RIGHT arrow on the remote to see the next screen.

Typical non-connected Home screen

  1. Home screen menu—shows options available to you when you are on the Home screen.
  2. Highlighted option—press OK on the remote to select.
  3. TV input tiles—select an input to watch the connected device. 36
  4. Options hint—press on the remote for options when this symbol is present.
  5. Next screen hint—press the RIGHT arrow on the remote to see the next screen.

Personalize your Home screen

There are many things you can do to personalize your Home screen and make it just right for you and your family:

  • Only in connected mode: Add streaming channels by using the Streaming Channels menu option to browse the Roku Channel Store.
  • Only in connected mode: Change the screen theme by going to Settings > Themes to find and pick one to suit your mood.
  • Only in connected mode on U.S. models: Hide Movie Store, TV Store, or News as explained in Configure parental controls.
  • Remove a tile by highlighting it and pressing . Then highlight Remove input or Remove channel and press OK.
  • Move a tile by highlighting it and pressing . Then highlight Move input or Move channel and press OK. Use the arrows to move the tile, and then press OK to lock it in its new location.
  • Rename a TV input tile by highlighting it and pressing . Then highlight Rename input and press OK. Highlight a new name in the list, and then press OK to assign that name to the tile.
    Rather than using the predefined names and icons, you can set a custom name and icon. To do so, scroll up or down to highlight Set custom name & icon, and then press OK. Follow the instructions on the screen to enter a name and select an icon for the input.
    Note: If you have renamed the inputs, you cannot use voice commands to switch inputs. Voice commands can only switch among inputs that have their original names, such as “AV,” and “HDMI 1.

Using your TV

This section provides information on using the day-to-day features of your TV.

Status indicator

Your TV has a single status indicator. It goes on and off and blinks in different ways depending on the status of the TV, as shown in the following table:

Standby mode energy savings

When you turn off your TV, it remains in a higher power mode for a few minutes, after which it goes into a very low power standby mode. If you turn on the TV again before it has entered the very low power mode, it turns on immediately. After the TV goes into the lower power standby mode, it takes a few seconds longer to start up.

Only in connected mode on TVs that do not have an Energy Star® rating, you can optionally enable Fast TV start. When this option is enabled, your TV starts up almost immediately regardless of how long it has been turned off, but uses somewhat more power in standby mode. For more information, see Fast TV start.

Opting in to Smart TV experience (U.S. only)

Only in connected mode in the United States, the first time you select Antenna TV, an HDMI input, or AV input, your TV offers to enable the Smart TV experience. If you decide to enable it at this time, you’re all set to enjoy its recommendations and features.

The Smart TV experience uses automatic content recognition (ACR) and other technology to collect information about what you watch through your Antenna TV, and on devices like media players and cable boxes connected to the HDMI or AV inputs. Opting in means that you give permission to analyze the programs you watch for the purpose of making recommendations, as well showing ads that are more relevant to you.

If you decide not to enable the Smart TV experience at this first opportunity, you can enable it later. Or, if you decide you’d rather not use the feature, you can disable it, but be aware that previously collected information is retained and not deleted.

Disable Smart TV experience

If you decide you want to disable Smart TV experience, follow these steps:

  1. From the Home screen, go to Settings > Privacy > Smart TV experience.
  2. Navigate to the right to highlight Use info from TV inputs.
  3. Press OK on the remote to clear the check box.

Disable Auto Notifications

If you want to keep the Smart TV experience enabled, but you do not want to see notifications while you are watching shows, you can disable notifications. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. From the Home screen, go to Settings > Privacy > Smart TV experience.
  2. Navigate to the right to highlight Use info from TV inputs.
  3. Press DOWN on the remote to highlight Enable auto notifications.
  4. Press OK on the remote to clear the check box.

Note: These settings do not affect recommendations for More Ways to Watch that you see in the Smart Guide when watching Antenna TV channels. Those recommendations come from the Smart Guide and do not rely on ACR technology.

Watching Antenna TV channels

Select the Antenna TV tile in the Home screen. Your TV remembers the last channel you watched and starts with that channel playing.

Changing channels

To change channels, you can do any of the following:

  • Press the UP arrow to change to the next higher channel.
  • Press the DOWN arrow to change to the next lower channel.
  • Press the LEFT arrow to display the channel list (in non-connected mode) or Smart Guide (in connected mode), and then press the arrow keys to select the channel or show you want to watch. Press REWIND and FAST FORWARD to move through the list one page at a time. When you’ve highlighted the channel or show you want to watch, press OK. (If you decide you don’t want to change channels, press the BACK button).
  • Only if Live TV Pause is not enabled, press to jump to the previous channel. Press again to return to the channel you were watching before you pressed .

Note: If the button is not available on your remote, you can use this feature in the Roku mobile app. For more information, see Getting and using the Roku mobile app.

Pausing Live TV

Live TV Pause gives your TCL Roku TV the ability to pause, play, fast forward, and rewind digital Antenna TV. You can pause Antenna TV for up to 90 minutes.

Requirements

To use this feature, you need to:

  1. Connect your TV to the Internet. If you didn’t connect during Guided Setup, see What if I didn’t connect my TV?.
  2. Provide your own dedicated USB drive with the following minimum specifications.
    • 16 GB
    • 15 Mbps read/write speed
    • USB 2.0 compliant
    A USB flash drive (thumb drive) meeting the minimum requirements is highly recommended. Note that using a larger drive does not extend the 90 minute pause time.
    Important: After warning you and giving you a chance to cancel Live TV Pause setup, all existing content on your USB drive is erased when you enable this feature.
  3. Connect your USB drive to the TV’s USB port.
    Important: Some TV models have more than one USB port. You can connect your Live TV Pause USB drive to any port, but make sure that nothing is connected to other USB ports while enabling Live TV Pause. Reconnect other USB devices after you have finished enabling Live TV Pause.
  4. Enable Live TV Pause, as explained in the following topic.

Enabling Live TV Pause

You can start setting up Live TV Pause in any of the following ways:

  • Go to Settings > TV inputs > Antenna TV > Live TV Pause, and then select Enable.
  • After completing a channel scan, select Set up Live TV Pause from the available options.
  • Press Play/Pause on the Roku remote while watching a digital Antenna TV channel.
  • Highlight the Antenna TV tile on the Home screen, press on the remote, and then select Enable Live TV Pause.

After starting setup of Live TV Pause in any of these ways, the TV prompts you through the steps needed to enable this feature. Setup takes only a few moments.

Note: Use of a USB hub is not supported.

Using Live TV Pause

If you have used the Roku remote to watch streaming channels, using Live TV Pause should be very familiar to you.

While watching a digital Antenna TV channel, press PLAY/PAUSE to pause or play the content. After the TV program has been paused for 90 minutes, the TV resumes playing.

  • After watching a channel for a while, press REWIND to jump back up to the point where you first started watching the channel, up to 90 minutes.
  • After pausing or rewinding, press FAST FORWARD to jump ahead up to the point where you are once again watching the live TV program.
  • Press FAST FORWARD or REWIND repeatedly to cycle through 1x, 2x, and 3x skip speeds. Press INSTANT REPLAY to play back the last several seconds of the program.
  • When the program is paused, press the LEFT and RIGHT arrows to move forward and backward through the program approximately 10 seconds per press. Small frames appear across the screen to identify your location in the program.

Note: If the button is not available on your remote, you can use the Roku mobile app. For more information, see Getting and using the Roku mobile app.

Whenever you use any of the Live TV Pause features, the TV momentarily displays a progress bar:

  1. Time at current playback position.
  2. Current playback position
  3. Extent of pause time, representing the amount of time this channel has been buffered, up to 90 minutes.
  4. 90 minute mark, representing the maximum extent of pause time.
  5. Current time.

The progress bar also displays tick marks at each half hour point, to help you locate the boundaries where one show ends and a new one begins.

Notes about Live TV Pause

  • You can use Live TV Pause only with digital broadcast and cable channels received through the TV’s ANT input (ATSC and Clear QAM channels).
  • Changing channels erases and restarts the Live TV Pause buffer.
  • Returning to the Home screen, selecting another input, or turning off the TV erases and resets the Live TV Pause buffer.
  • Removing the USB drive erases the Live TV Pause buffer.

Switching TV inputs

Switch TV inputs to access the device connected to that input, for example, a Blu-ray™ player. Switching inputs is as simple as highlighting the input’s tile in the Home screen, and pressing OK. The video signal on the input, if any, plays on the screen.

Tip: To learn how to add, remove, rename, and rearrange the tiles on your Home screen, see Customizing your TV.

Auto-detecting devices

Your TV automatically detects when you connect a new device to an HDMI® input and turn on its power. The input is automatically added to the Home screen if it isn’t already present.

Adjusting audio/video settings

While watching video content on any input, press to display the Options menu. Press the UP and DOWN arrows to highlight an option, and then press the LEFT and RIGHT arrows to change the setting. To learn about each of the audio and video settings, see Adjusting TV settings.

Adjusting TV settings

You can adjust most picture and sound settings while you are watching a program by pressing to open the Options menu. There are some additional picture and sound settings in the Settings menu.

In most cases, the changes you make apply only to the input you are using. Antenna TV, the separate HDMI® inputs, and the AV input each have their own settings that the TV remembers when you return to that input. The TV also separately remembers the settings you specify while viewing streaming content.

Settings menu

Use the Settings menu to adjust overall TV settings. Press to go to the Home screen, and then navigate to Settings > TV picture settings.

You can adjust the following overall TV picture settings from the Settings screen:

  • TV brightness – Provide a better viewing experience in darker or brighter rooms. Increases or decreases the TV’s general brightness across all TV inputs.
    Note: This setting is identical to the TV brightness setting you can access in the Options menu while watching a program.
  • HDR notification – On select models only: Controls whether the TV displays a notification in the upper right corner of the screen for a few seconds when HDR or Dolby Vision content begins to play.
    o On – The TV displays a notification when HDR or Dolby Vision content begins to play.
    o Off – The TV does not display a notification when HDR or Dolby Vision content begins to play.
    Note: This setting does not affect the HDR or Dolby Vision notification that always appears in the program information banner. Press OK while watching a show to open the program information banner.
  • Settings per input – Lists each TV input. Select an input, and then press to display the Options menu where you can adjust the input’s settings while watching a live picture and listening to the sound from that input.
    Tip: You don’t have to go to the Settings menu first—you can display an input’s Options menu and adjust its settings whenever you are watching the input by pressing .

Options menu

The Options menu for each TV input provides many settings for controlling the appearance of the picture and the quality of the audio. To view the Options menu, press whenever you are watching a TV input or streaming a video (except when you are viewing the program information banner). The Options menu is a panel that appears over the left side of the screen:

To adjust the settings on the Options menu, press the UP or DOWN arrow to highlight a setting, and then press the LEFT or RIGHT arrow to change the setting. You’ll see the changes you make right away in picture appearance or audio quality.

Tip: When you highlight a setting, the header text explains the effect of its current value. When you begin to adjust a setting, the other options are hidden so you can see more of the screen. Even though the other settings are hidden, you can move the highlight up or down to adjust the other settings. As soon as you press the UP or DOWN arrow, the other settings become visible again.

Options menu settings

  • TV brightness – Affects the overall brightness of the picture. This setting applies across the entire TV; that is, to all TV inputs and is identical to the TV brightness setting under Settings > TV picture settings.
  • Picture mode – Provides picture presets for various viewing preferences. This setting applies to the currently-selected input only.
  • Picture size – Adjusts the aspect ratio of the picture, enabling you to view a picture in its original format, or zoom or stretch it to fill the screen. The Auto setting has been found to produce the best picture in most cases.
  • Audio effect – Adjusts the sound quality output from the TV speakers. This setting applies across the entire TV; that is, to all TV inputs. It does not affect the sound quality for headphones, HDMI (ARC), or SPDIF (TOSLINK) connectors.
  • Sleep timer – Sets a timer that turns off the TV after the specific amount of time. This setting remains in effect even if you stop watching the current input.
  • Closed captioning – Controls when you see captions. This setting is only offered for Antenna TV, the AV input, and streaming videos. Any set value remains in effect across only these inputs.
    o Antenna TV – Set captions to off, always on, on only when the TV sound is muted, or on only during instant replay (when Live TV Pause has been enabled).
    o AV input – Set captions to off, always on, or on only when the TV sound is muted.
    o Streaming video channel – For streaming content that provides closed captions, set captions to off, always on, on only when the TV sound is muted, or on only during instant replay (for streaming content that supports instant replay). Note that some streaming channels have other methods for turning captions on and off. In these cases, the Closed captioning option does not appear on the Options menu.
    Note: If the button is not available on your remote, you can use this feature in the Roku mobile app. For more information, see Getting and using the Roku mobile app.
  • Captioning track – Only in Canada: Selects which caption track to display when Closed Captioning is on. This setting remains in effect on all inputs that provide captions.
    Note: Only in the United States, the Captioning track setting is located under Accessibility.
  • SAP – Selects whether to play a secondary audio program or multichannel television sound, and which choice to play. This setting applies only to Antenna TV on digital channels.
  • Advanced audio settings – Only on select models: Shows the Advanced audio settings menu.
  • Advanced picture settings – Shows the Advanced picture settings menu.

Tip: To dismiss the Options menu, just wait a few seconds without pressing any buttons. Or press again to dismiss the menu immediately.

More settings

This section describes the features and settings of the TV that were not covered in the other parts of this guide.

Changing network settings

If needed, you can change your network settings at any time. For example, if you change the name of your wireless network (its SSID) or its password, you will need to change your TV’s settings so that it can continue to connect. Also, if you decided not to connect to the Internet in Guided Setup, you can use network settings to connect at a later time.

To change network settings, from the Home screen menu, navigate to Settings > Network, and then press the RIGHT arrow. At this point, you can choose the following options:

  • About – Lists important information about your current network connection, such as status, connection type, IP addresses, and MAC address. This information is often useful when contacting customer support with connection issues.
  • Check connection – Select your existing network connection type, and then press OK to start checking the network connection. The TV uses your current network information to reconfirm the wireless or wired network connection to the local network and the Internet connection.
  • Set up connection – Select a network connection type, and then select the option to set up a new connection. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the network connection. For help with each of the steps, see Network connection.

Note: Some networks, such as those found in dorm rooms, hotels, and other public places, may require you to read and agree to terms, enter a code, or provide identifying information before letting you connect to the Internet. For more information, see Using your TV in a hotel or dorm room.

Scanning for Antenna TV channels again

There will be times when you need to create a new channel list. For example, you:

  • Change cable providers
  • Reorient your TV antenna
  • Move to a different city with different channels

Whenever you need to update your TV channel list, you can repeat the channel scan.

Tip: Repeat the channel scan from time to time to make sure you are receiving all of the latest channels. Broadcasters add and remove channels, move channels to different parts of the spectrum, and change the power levels of their channels periodically.

Note: Repeating the tuner channel scan unhides all hidden channels.

To repeat the channel scan, from the Home screen menu, navigate to Settings > TV inputs > Antenna TV > Scan again for channels. Then select Start finding channels to begin the channel scan process. The screens and options that appear during this process are identical to those described in How do I set up the TV tuner?

Setting the HDMI® mode (4K models only)

On 4K (UHD) TVs, you can independently configure each HDMI® input to match the capabilities of the connected device. From the Home screen menu, navigate to Settings > TV inputs, and then select an enabled HDMI® input. Next, select HDMI mode and then select one of the following settings:

  • Auto – Let the TV determine the best setting. Use this option unless your HDMI® device does not correctly communicate its HDMI® version compatibility.
  • HDMI 1.4 – Configure the input for compatibility with HDMI® version 1.4, which supports a maximum refresh rate of 30 Hz at full UHD resolution. Most HDMI® devices will work correctly with the TV in this mode.
  • HDMI 2.0 – Configure the input for compatibility with HDMI® version 2.0, which supports a maximum refresh rate of 60 Hz at full UHD resolution. You must use this mode to view HDR content from the device connected to this HDMI® input. However, note that many older HDMI® devices do not work correctly when the TV’s HDMI® input is set to this mode.

Using the TV in a home theater

Your TV has several features that make it an ideal TV for a home theater. But you might not notice them because they remain in the background until you decide to use them.

Turning off the speakers

When you use your TV with a sound bar or an external amplifier and speakers, you’ll probably want to turn off the internal TV speakers.

To turn off the TV’s built-in speakers, in the Home screen menu, navigate to Settings > Audio > TV speakers and change the setting.

Tip: The TV’s internal speakers can be enabled and disabled automatically as needed by system audio control, as described in Enable system audio control. Using the headphone jack also turns off the internal speakers.

Setting up a digital audio connection

To take advantage of your TV’s advanced audio capabilities, connect it to an external amplifier, receiver, or sound bar by using either of these two digital audio connections:

  • HDMI ARC – The HDMI® Audio Return Channel enables the TV to output digital audio on one of its HDMI® connectors. The connected amplifier can also function simultaneously as an input source to the TV, if needed. To use the ARC capability, you must connect an HDMI® cable from your amplifier’s HDMI® ARC connector to the HDMI ARC connector on the TV.
    You also must:
    • Be sure your HDMI® cable is certified by HDMI®
    • Enable HDMI ARC under Settings > System > Control other devices (CEC), as explained in Enable HDMI® ARC.

  • SPDIF optical – The SPDIF optical connector outputs a digital audio signal. To use the optical output, connect a TOSLINK optical cable from the amplifier to the Optical or SPDIF connector on the TV.

Note: Dolby AudioTM supporting Dolby Digital PlusTM format is not available through the SPDIF optical output. This format is only available through the HDMI® ARC connection.

After making the required HDMI® ARC or SPDIF optical connection, go to Settings > Audio > S/PDIF and ARC option and select the audio format to use.

Note: In most cases, Auto detect is the best option. Other settings can result in no sound when the content you are viewing does not contain the audio stream type you selected.

Restarting the TV

You can restart the TV when necessary. Restarting has the same effect as unplugging the TV power and then plugging it in again.

To restart the TV, navigate to Settings > System > Power, and then select System restart. Highlight Restart, and then press OK to confirm restart.

While the TV restarts, the screen goes dark for a few seconds, and then displays the startup screen for a few more seconds. When the restart operation completes, the TV displays the activity you selected in Power on settings.

Resetting the TV

You can choose to reset only the TV picture and audio settings to their original values, or perform a full factory reset to return the TV to the state it was in when you first unpacked and turned it on.

Reset audio/video settings

To reset only the TV picture and audio settings to their original values, navigate to Settings > System > Advanced system settings > Factory reset, and then highlight Reset TV audio/video settings. Read the information on the screen to make sure you understand what the reset operation does.

To proceed with the reset operation, press PLAY/PAUSE three times in a row.

Network connection reset

If you want to remove your network connection information without disturbing other settings, navigate from the Home screen to Settings > System > Advanced systems settings > Network connection reset, and then select Reset connection.

When you select this option, the TV removes your wireless network information, including the name of the connection (its SSID) and your wireless password, if any, and then it restarts. After restarting, your TV retains all of its other settings and its association with your Roku account.

After resetting your network connection, navigate from the Home screen to Settings > Network > Set up new connection to continue enjoying all of the benefits of your connected TV.


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#1 Does this tv support Bluetooth?
It supports Bluetooth roku remotes as well as the wireless roku speakers, but I don't think it has general Bluetooth support

#2 Can you use Direct tv on it?
Yes, you can do Directv in this tv, and it is amazing! and also any other cable provider as xfinity

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