If you have a Roku TV that you’ve connected to your television via HDMI, you can access the streaming service built directly into your television. Without the right inputs or a malfunctioning video card, however, the screen may appear black and unresponsive. Roku TVs are powered through software rather than hardware; therefore, even if your screen is black with no response from your remote control, there’s still a way to fix it. At first glance, you may think that your Roku TV is broken. After all, if it’s not responding to its remote control and the screen is black with no image visible at all, what other explanation could there be? Fortunately for you (and unfortunately for us), this article will show you how to fix those problems and get back up and running again in no time at all.
Why Is My Roku Tv Screen Black?
Check the HDMI Cable
The very first thing that you should do is to check the HDMI cable because 99% of all problems with Roku come from the HDMI cable. If the HDMI cable is faulty, it can cause a black screen on Roku. Fortunately, an HDMI cable is cheap and easy to replace. If your Roku is connected to your computer with an HDMI cable, there could be an issue with the cable. Try removing the cable from your computer and plugging it back in. If the issue persists, you may have a faulty cable. If you plug your Roku directly into your TV, you should not have this problem. Check the HDMI cable for any signs of damage. If it’s bent, frayed, or otherwise compromised, you can try to fix it with electrical tape. Just make sure to unplug your Roku from the wall first.
Reset the Roku TV
If your Roku TV is plugged into your HDMI port but the screen is still black, you may need to reset your Roku TV. As we mentioned above, Roku TVs run on software, so they can become unresponsive when the software glitches out or becomes corrupted. If the screen on your Roku TV is black, try resetting the TV by holding down the “Select” button and the “Home” button until the screen blinks off and then blinks back on again. This should reset your TV and restore it to normal operation. Keep in mind that resetting your Roku TV will not affect any of your settings or apps. It will only reset the software on your Roku TV so that it works properly again.
Fix a Roku Remote That Won’t Work
If your Roku remote is not responding, try replacing the batteries in the remote and unplugging the Roku device from the wall and the TV. Wait for a few minutes and then plug it all back in again. This can reset the remote so that it works properly again. If you’re using a Roku remote that you’ve programmed to work with your Roku device, you may need to re-connect it. You can do this by going to Settings > Remote and Devices > Remote Setup > Add a Remote. Follow the instructions on the screen and you should be good to go.
Reinstall the Software on your Roku TV
If you’ve tried all of the above and your screen is still black, you may have to reinstall the software on your Roku TV. This is the last resort for fixing a black screen on your Roku TV, so you should only do this if you’ve tried everything else. To reinstall the software on your Roku TV, you’ll need an Ethernet cable and a computer. First, plug the Ethernet cable into the Ethernet port on the back of your Roku TV and plug the other end into the computer. Next, launch the web browser on your computer, browse Roku.com, and click “Sign in”. If you don’t have an account, create one by clicking “Sign up”. Once you log in, click “My Account”, followed by “Update my software”. Follow the instructions on the screen, and you should be good to go.
Benefits Of Using Roku Tv
Access to a vast amount of videos and channels
Roku TV has more than 5000 channels, which include free channels, premium channels, and pay-TV services. You can also search for your favorite shows or movies by genre, category, or actor as well as look up information about actors, directors, and other production companies.
Easy access to streaming media on the big screen
The Roku TV remote can be used to search for movies, TV shows, and music with the press of a button. You can also play games with your Roku remote. Some of the games are available for free but others require you to purchase the game. Prices vary from $1 to $100 depending on the type of game you want to download. It is easy to install any game that is compatible with your Roku TV from Roku’s website or by downloading it from a third-party website such as Google Play or Apple’s App Store.
Access to online video services
Roku TV has more than 150 popular online video services that are available through its built-in browsers such as Netflix (Netflix streaming service), Hulu Plus (Hulu streaming service), Vudu (Amazon Video On Demand), Amazon Instant Video (Amazon Video On Demand) and Crackle (Sony Pictures Network). You can also access other popular online video services such as YouTube via an app downloaded on your smartphone or tablet device through a WiFi connection available in your home network if you have one.
Easy access to entertainment apps
Roku TV comes with a web browser on the remote control, which you can use to search for and download entertainment apps from Roku’s website or third-party websites. You can also download entertainment apps from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store and install them on your Roku TV. Once you have installed an app, you can launch it by pressing the “Home” button on your remote control.
Access to premium channels through a subscription service
More than 1000 of Roku TV’s channels are available through a subscription service. For example, HBO NOW is available for $14.99 per month or $99 per year; Showtime Anytime is available for $11.99 per month or $110 per year; Starz is available for $9.99 per month or $100 per year; Fox Now is available for $5.99 per month or $60 per year; Epix is available for $3.50 per month or $35 per year; CBS All Access is available for free but only through an in-app purchase of approximately US$6 to stream over 200 live network shows and more than 5,000 episodes of past seasons of CBS shows including NCIS, The Big Bang Theory and NCIS: New Orleans; Amazon Prime Video is available for free but only with a subscription to Amazon Prime service which costs about US$79 annually (at its most expensive plan); Netflix is available for free but only with a subscription to Netflix service which costs about US$8 per month (at its most expensive plan).
Access to streaming services over WiFi
You can use your Roku TV to stream content from streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Video On Demand, Vudu, and Crackle over a WiFi connection. In order to do so, you need to install the Roku software on your computer or laptop or smartphone, or tablet device and then pair it with your Roku TV. Once you have paired the devices using the software, you can access the entertainment apps through a web browser on your computer or laptop or smartphone, or tablet device.
Built-in wireless storage and streaming to mobile devices
Roku TV is equipped with 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi, which lets you connect to the Internet through either your wired or wireless network and stream video content to your mobile devices. You can stream video content stored on your computer or laptop or smartphone or tablet device over a WiFi connection by connecting it to the Roku TV.
Roku TVs may seem like plug-and-play devices, but they still require some basic troubleshooting when they’re not working properly. If you’ve tried every single one of these fixes and your screen is still black, it’s time to call customer service. If you’ve been through all of these troubleshooting steps and you’re still having problems, make sure you’ve followed the steps carefully. If you’re still having issues, it might be time to call the support team for your Roku TV!