Here’s a question we received from one of our clients recently.

I have an older TV set, that does not have a USB. Is there an option to use Roku for older TV?

Well, we thought we’d post the answer to the question out here, so a few more people benefit. The answer is, yes! You can use a Roku Express +. Normally Roku devices are connected to a TV via the TV’s HDMI port. However, Roku Express + provides you an option to connect the device with the TV even via the composite input, meaning the TV/AV input.

This means that you get to use Roku, even from an old TV! Which in turn means your TV is not old anymore, and you get to stream content from the internet right from your TV. In this blog, we will take you through the steps of installing Roku Express + in your TV, and the steps to install different channels in your Roku account.

Roku for older TV

Step 1 – Unboxing the Roku device

The first step is to unbox the Roku device and check if all the accessories are intact. A few of the accessories that come with Roku are the Roku remote, the Roku high-speed HDMI cable, an additional composite cable, and a USB cable.

Once you have everything in place, the first step is to set up the Roku for older TV. Please connect the USB cable to the Roku device and the other end to the adaptor. Now, connect one end the color-coded composite cable to the Roku device, and the other end to the TV’s composite jacks. Please be careful to connect the cables to the corresponding colors.

Now that you have connected the Roku device to the TV, you should ideally be able to see Roku screen on your TV. If this is not happening, then please make sure to go to the TV menu and change the input method. To do this, go to the menu and select the input method to be TV/AV. Please understand that Roku Express + is the only Roku device you can connect with TVs without an HDMI port.

Step 2 – Syncing your Roku for older TV with your Roku account

If you have a Roku account, this will be a matter of mere minutes. You just have to enter the credentials and login. So, after the login, you will be given an activation code, displayed on the TV screen that you will have to enter on to the browser window.

Once you do that, your Roku for older TVs will be active, and there is just one step left to start streaming from it. That is, getting your Roku connected to the internet!

Step 3 – Connecting Roku to a WiFi

  1. Go to the Roku menu, and click on the internet connectivity settings.
  2. Once you are there, switch the WiFi on.
  3. Roku will go ahead and scan the nearby WiFi connections in the place, and will list all the devices nearby.
  4. You have to select the name of your WiFi device and enter the password for the same.
  5. Once you do that, your Roku will be connected to the internet, and you can start streaming your favorite channels.

To add channels to Roku, go to the Roku channel store, and search for the channels you want to download. From there, click and highlight the channel and download the channel. After the channel is downloaded and installed, you will have to activate the channel, just like you did for the Roku device activation.

If you have any more queries about Roku installation, specifically for Roku on older TVs, please do let us know! We will take care of it for you. Our toll-free number is +1-805-980-1700.

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