Got a new 4K Roku Streaming gadget? Congrats! But wait, what’s next? It’s simple – take guidance from this post to set up your streaming player and start enjoying 4K content.
The 4K resolution – Ultra HD refers to the resolution of the screen of your television set – that is the measure of how much detail of the content is visible on the screen. The traditional 1080 pixel resolution is limited to 1920 columns and 1080 rows of pixels. On the other hand, the 4K Ultra HD content supports the 3840 columns and 2160 rows.
That is similar to the four times of the 1080p and so we call it 4K. The best part is, the 4K improvises the picture clarity of the existing HD resolutions. Not only this, the Roku streaming players support HDR(High Dynamic Range) feature that widens the range of colors and the brightness. However, this feature is not supported by all the Roku players.
Prerequisites for Roku
To take the leverage of 4K content on a compatible Roku Player after the Roku.com link setup, here are the things you will need:
- A TV set compatible with 4K resolution with the latest software and that have the HDMI 2.0 port, supporting HDCP 2.2 and HDR.
- Roku Streaming Player that supports the 4K HDR content.
- Reliable Internet connection with a speed of at least 25 MBPS.
- If you are using any third party streaming service like Netflix, then you must have the subscription for 4K content. For this, you can check the HDR logo on the movies or series, each of these is in the 4K format.
- An HDMI cable, but it is only needed when you are pairing the Roku Stick directly to a compatible TV set.
- For streaming HDR content, all the devices that will be going to connect with your Roku device must support HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2.
- These devices include your TV, an AVR, and the soundbar. If any of the connected devices don’t support the 4K HDR then you can’t enjoy the 4K content on your TV set.
Setting up the Device for Audio/Video connections:
For connecting the Roku player with other peripherals for audio and video connections, use the steps given below:
(Tip: Ensure that the inputs port that you are using support HDCP 2.2)
Connect to the HDMI port: Connect the Roku Streaming Stick connects directly to the HDMI port without using the HDMI cable.
Making connections of the AVR or Sound Bar:
On your AVR, use the HDMI 2.0 input to connect the Roku streaming stick. Now use the premium HDMI cable to connect the output port of AVR and input HDCP 2.2 port of the TV.
ARC (Audio Return Channel) connection:
This is for ARC compatible TV set. First of all, connect the streaming stick to the HDMI input port of your TV set. Then use the HDMI cable to connect the TV and the ARC via the HDMI port. Going through the documentation of your AVR or soundbar will be more beneficial.
Configuring the TV for HDR
For enjoying the 4K content the HDR functionality must be configured correctly. And also, with correct configurations, users don’t have to face any issues like Roku no audio. Most, but not all the TV sets that support the HDR functionality, do not enable this functionality by default. You have to refer to the user manual guide of your TV set to enable this functionality.
However, you must keep in mind that the HDR functionality is limited to each HDMI input ports. So users must ensure to carefully choose the input port specifically as per their TV set user guide.
Here are common steps for enabling HDR functionality in the common TV sets:
- You have to go to the Menu – Picture – Picture options.
- Under the picture options, you have to tap on the – HDMI UHD color and then on enable.
- Restart your TV
So this is how you configure and set up the Roku 4K player, so what are you waiting for? Start enjoying the 4K content now.