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Sun Sep 8, 2019, 08:01 PM

I'm clueless about how I can stream Roku TV directly through a Samsung Smart TV.

My husband used to know how to do things like this but he died last summer, and I can't figure this out.

I don't have a Roku device, but believed I heard it can simply be possible to connect a smart tv to Roku TV for streaming.

I'm not very knowledgeable about electronic stuff, hope there's an easy answer. Thank you.

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Reply I'm clueless about how I can stream Roku TV directly through a Samsung Smart TV. (Original post)
Judi Lynn Sep 8 OP
RKP5637 Sep 8 #1
Judi Lynn Sep 9 #23
RKP5637 Sep 9 #27
mbusby Sep 8 #2
Judi Lynn Sep 9 #22
drray23 Sep 8 #3
CurtEastPoint Sep 8 #5
Judi Lynn Sep 9 #20
CurtEastPoint Sep 9 #25
Judi Lynn Sep 9 #21
Judi Lynn Sep 9 #24
Phoenix61 Sep 8 #4
Judi Lynn Sep 8 #6
eleny Sep 8 #8
Judi Lynn Sep 8 #15
Phoenix61 Sep 8 #9
Judi Lynn Sep 9 #18
cannabis_flower Sep 9 #26
hunter Sep 11 #32
RKP5637 Sep 9 #28
Demsrule86 Sep 10 #31
AJT Sep 8 #7
Bradshaw3 Sep 8 #10
AJT Sep 8 #12
Bradshaw3 Sep 8 #13
AJT Sep 8 #14
Judi Lynn Sep 8 #16
Judi Lynn Sep 9 #19
Bradshaw3 Sep 8 #11
Judi Lynn Sep 9 #17
OAITW r.2.0 Sep 9 #29
Demsrule86 Sep 10 #30

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Sep 8, 2019, 08:10 PM

1. I have a Samsung Smart TV. It's easy. I just simply use a Roku box on it and the output of the

little Roku box just plugs into the Samsung Smart TV, or really, any TV. See Roku at https://www.roku.com/ and take a look at the Roku players starting at $29.99. Then you can just click on the section saying "Help me choose."

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #1)

Mon Sep 9, 2019, 12:12 AM

23. That price seems totally reasonable, if you don't have to pay an unpleasant monthly charge.

Thank you for the comments.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #23)

Mon Sep 9, 2019, 08:33 AM

27. No, there's no monthly charge at all for Roku. There are a zillion things you can subscribe too.

Some are free, others are not. I've been using Roku since first available and I've never had a complaint about anything.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Sep 8, 2019, 08:12 PM

2. Do you have....

...the make and model number of the tv? The online user manual should indicate if Roku TV is being used.

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Response to mbusby (Reply #2)

Mon Sep 9, 2019, 12:10 AM

22. Thanks for this information. n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Sep 8, 2019, 08:13 PM

3. You buy a roku device and it will plug in

Into a hdmi port on your TV. Most TVs have more than one such port. If you have cable or satellite TV, one of the hdmi ports will be in use by your cable box.
Simply plug the roku in the other port, say hdmi2 ( they number them) and then use your TV remote to switch the input to hdmi2 ( on your tv remote you will likely find a button called input which allows you to toggle between the hdmi ports.)
Once you toggle to the port that the roku is attached to, you will see a menu. Use the roku remote to navigate.

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Response to drray23 (Reply #3)

Sun Sep 8, 2019, 08:41 PM

5. bingo. simple as heck.

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Response to CurtEastPoint (Reply #5)

Mon Sep 9, 2019, 12:08 AM

20. Will try to spend some time studying this. Whenever technical stuff is involved, I go into shock,

and the words all seem foreign to me. Don't know how that happens. I get too defeated before even starting.

Will take the time to really keep at it until it finally starts making sense. I can see all kinds of advantages in having access to this tool!

Thank you.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #20)

Mon Sep 9, 2019, 06:29 AM

25. I understand. There are several 'moving parts' to handle but when they're in synch...

you never have to worry about it again. I've had my Roku in my Vizio smart TV for ... dunno... 5 years? Not a hitch.

The only confusing thing for some is that to use it, you have to switch the TVs input from your cable box or antenna to Roku, and you usually do this on your TV remote (source). And then switch back to cable when you want that.

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Response to drray23 (Reply #3)

Mon Sep 9, 2019, 12:09 AM

21. I'm saving this thread to keep studying. Will be able to refer to your comments. Thank you. n/t

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Response to drray23 (Reply #3)

Mon Sep 9, 2019, 12:13 AM

24. Thank you for the information. n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Sep 8, 2019, 08:39 PM

4. What do you want to watch on Roku?

Have you looked at Sling or Hulu?

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Response to Phoenix61 (Reply #4)

Sun Sep 8, 2019, 09:13 PM

6. I wanted to see the whole series of "Schitt's Creek" which was recommended on a thread

concerning another series, in a post I saw several days ago.

I saw a couple of people from Second City TV are in it, Levy and Catherine, in a google search for the series.
I love both of them.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #6)

Sun Sep 8, 2019, 09:28 PM

8. Meantime, check your local library for Dvd's if you have a player

My library has the first three seasons, so far. Maybe yours has some seasons on dvd or via streaming.

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Response to eleny (Reply #8)

Sun Sep 8, 2019, 11:56 PM

15. Hadn't even thought of that one. Thanks, a lot. n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #6)

Sun Sep 8, 2019, 10:44 PM

9. It's on Netflix.

Which is 14-15 dollars a month.

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Response to Phoenix61 (Reply #9)

Mon Sep 9, 2019, 12:01 AM

18. Used to have it, years ago, didn't know it cost that much. Hmmm. Thanks. n/t

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Response to Phoenix61 (Reply #9)

Mon Sep 9, 2019, 08:09 AM

26. If you have T-mobile

It's free.

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Response to Phoenix61 (Reply #9)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 03:04 PM

32. My wife and I pay $8.99 for Netflix.

We've lost any tolerance we once had for television commercials.

It's possible neither one of us sees well enough to appreciate higher resolution television and I'm not certain our internet connection could handle higher resolutions reliably anyways.

Netflix works flawlessly for us, it's cheap, and I'm not going to mess with it.


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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #6)

Mon Sep 9, 2019, 08:35 AM

28. I watched all of "Schitt's Creek" on Roku. It's incredibly funny and great! ... waiting for the next

season. PS: I have Netflix on Roku.

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Response to Phoenix61 (Reply #4)

Tue Sep 10, 2019, 05:49 PM

31. Playstation Vue is good too...I get more than what Spectrum wanted to charge me $200.00 plus for.

It cost 58 a month...now they do have cheaper packages...and sling has a $20.00 on too... I had them also.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Sep 8, 2019, 09:21 PM

7. Hi. I am in the same boat. My husband passed away last summer, and he was tech savvy.

I purchased 2 Amazon Fire sticks and I am trying to figure it out. I have one pluged into an HDMI on one TV but I haven't tried it yet. I dread it.

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Response to AJT (Reply #7)

Sun Sep 8, 2019, 11:27 PM

10. I just started using Roku and am sure you can do it

Roku and Amazon sticks work in much the same way. I understand the dread but they make them so user friendly nowadays (most anyway) that if you read the instructions it pretty much prompts you to do everything else. And think how good you'll feel about your accomplishment when you set it up.

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Response to Bradshaw3 (Reply #10)

Sun Sep 8, 2019, 11:34 PM

12. The sad thing is that I spent 35 years as a systems programmer.

By the time I got home from work the last thing I wanted to do was anything technical.

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Response to AJT (Reply #12)

Sun Sep 8, 2019, 11:37 PM

13. Totally understand that

My background was in communications and writing and when some people heard that they always seemed to have some writing project they wanted me to take a look at.

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Response to Bradshaw3 (Reply #13)

Sun Sep 8, 2019, 11:53 PM

14. Wow...writing? You know, I have this rough draft of my novel....

Nah, I barely write more than a sentence, and I only communicate when necessary....

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Response to Bradshaw3 (Reply #10)

Sun Sep 8, 2019, 11:59 PM

16. Getting a different picture of how to pull this off! Had no idea. Thanks. n/t

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Response to AJT (Reply #7)

Mon Sep 9, 2019, 12:04 AM

19. Good luck! n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Sep 8, 2019, 11:31 PM

11. Some tvs come with roku built in

If not, you need a device. I use a roku streaming stick plus and it works fine. Once you hook up to the HDMI port, the pre-progammed instructions will guide you and they come with a little pamphlet. You will also need a streaming service for some things you will want. You'll learn more as you get used to it. If you have any qestions you can dm me.

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Response to Bradshaw3 (Reply #11)

Mon Sep 9, 2019, 12:00 AM

17. Was so surprised to learn some programs, if you accept advertising, are free!

Thank you for your post.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Sep 9, 2019, 09:20 AM

29. If you have a smart TV, you already have the apps built in.

There are 2 flavors of smart TV's-

(1). Really smart.
They have the apps built in and are accessible via the TV remote.

(2) Kinda smart.

You need to download the TV control app from the Apple or Google store to your phone. Run the app and change the input to your phone. Then run whatever app (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, etc) you want to watch on the TV from your phone.

In both cases, you really don't need a separate dongle (Roku, Fire stick, Chromecast).

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Sep 10, 2019, 05:46 PM

30. So sorry for your loss... You have apps on most Samsung TV's and just pust the button

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