Of all the media set-top boxes, dongles, and streaming sticks out there, Roku has always been revered as one of the most popular brands. Think about stunning 4K and HDR picture quality, advanced remote control system, 350,000+ movies, videos and television series episodes, 3,500+ channels, private listening system, and so much more! But while these may sound over-the-top, wait till you hear about various Roku hacks that will make your home entertainment even more enjoyable.
So, what other stuffs can you enjoy out of your Roku streaming device?
1. Find the Hidden Channels
Deep within your Roku streaming device come a host of hidden (as well as forbidden) channels which you can discreetly screen in utmost privacy. These channels are not in any way listed in Roku’s Channel Store. All you need to do go to “add channel” and it will send you to the account page. Log in using your Roku username and password, add the access code for the private channel, and voila! Here’s a link to the updated private channel’s access code.
2. Plex It!
With Plex waiving its sign-up fees, adding this independent server into your Roku device will make a lot of difference. A lot! Plex allows you to personalize all your streaming content complete with summary and snippets for ease of recognition. It allows you to organize all those content and then, watch them from your portable smart devices. Sharing with family and friends can also be done. Simply download the app by going to Preferences > Connect Plex Account > verify PIN code and voila! You may also chose from the number of available skins or themes available.
3. Smart Control
Hate the usual remote control or the clutter? Do you feel more at ease with your smartphone or tablet? Make good use of downloadable app available for iOS, Windows, Android, or Linux. This also allows screen mirroring in various Roku models.
4. Instant Notification
Does waiting for a new episode of The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones or Scandal and other hot television series tend to zap out your energy? Stop going through the manual search each day. You can always program your Roku to “notify” you when a new show, video, episode, and so on is available. Simply go to the main menu, select My Feed, and search movies, shows, actors, singers, and directors you wish to follow. Roku will then automatically inform you when something new comes up.
5. Cloud Music
Don’t like Pandora or Spotify on Roku? You can actually download your own music media like MP3 and video files. Simply install MP3Tunes into your Roku Channel Store under MUSIC. This allows you to stream directly from the MP3Tunes servers straight to your television. You can enjoy up to 10GB for free—that’s a lot of music! So, when you feel like entertaining at home, simply set it up to this channel for piped in music straight from your TV set complete with videos or themes.
6. Share Memories
So you may have given a Roku for your parents, your girlfriend or your child living out of state. Do you know that this streaming device also gives you a chance to share memories with your loved ones? You can easily update them with new family photos and videos by simply downloading the Roksbox channel on Roku and Dropbox app on her PC or tablet. Share a folder on Dropbox with your family or friend and give them instant access to your photos, videos, and other downloads which they can play directly to their Roku.
7. Live Feeds
Do you want to watch the World Cup to UFC Fight Night, NFL, and other entertainment showcases LIVE? Straight from the stadium or arena somewhere, you can now watch within the comforts of your own living room these channels. Simply install Ustream Channel (access code: IN4DN) and gain access to some of the most watched sports events, news updates, live concerts, gala and other live streams.
8. Comparative Price Advantage
If you are one who hog on paid channels and pay-per-view live streams, there is one way to save money. All you need to do is check out Roku Search to compare prices or costs of content being streamed. Simply type in the show, the name of the movie, show or star, and all available titles with their corresponding prices will be listed across hundreds of channels and services available on your Roku.
9. Keep Track
You will notice that channels are usually arranged in the manner you add them. Well, with Roku, you can actually keep track of your most watched or frequently visited channels. Simply choose Options on your Home screen and reorder them in such a way that all your favorite channels are always on top.
10. The Screensaver
Want to convert your huge flatscreen television set into a wall art? Make room for some of the most awesome screensavers. Choose from hundreds of channels on your Roku streaming device such as Christmas Winter, Weather4us, Aquarium, Cities At Night, Landscapes, Kittens and other animals, Beaches, Fantasy, and many more. Simply go to Screensavers and Apps and pick what you want.
These are just some of the known Roku hacks to make your streaming experience more enjoyable. Month after month, apps and hacks are being introduced into the market for everyone’s consumption. Keep yourself updated. Buy a Roku set-top box or streaming stick now!