How to Watch Live Streaming on Roku

Just as cable surpassed network television, online content is emerging as the next generation in entertainment. The Roku player is a small digital device that enables you to watch streaming online content -- including movies, TV shows and live sporting events -- directly on your television. Roku offers a wide range of free content channels along with monthly subscription channels, on-demand options and even downloadable games. Completing a simple setup and following a few basic instructions will enable you to watch live streaming content via Roku in a matter of minutes.

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Roku enables you to watch streaming online content on your TV.
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Connect one end of an HDMI cable to the port on the back of your Roku player. Attach the other end of the HDMI cable to an available HDMI port on your television.

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Connect the power adapter to the Roku. Plug the other end of the power adapter into an available wall outlet.

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Turn on your television. Read the Roku welcome message. Choose the "Wireless" option for a wireless connection. Select your chosen network from the list of available networks, and enter your network password.

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Follow the on-screen instructions to download the latest Roku software, to select your desired video output resolution and to link your Roku player to your online Roku account.

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Press the "Home" button on the Roku remote to bring up the Roku home screen. Press the "Right" directional pad to pan to the Roku channel store. Select the content channel you would like to explore and press "OK." Select the streaming movie or TV show you would like to watch, and then press "OK."