How Does Roku Work With Cable TV?

Roku connects to your TV using an HDMI wire that runs from the TV to the Roku device. Roku connects to the internet via your home network’s wired or wireless connection. Roku works by downloading content from the Internet and displaying it on your television.

Can you use Roku with cable?

When it comes to connectivity, Roku TVs are no different than ordinary TVs. You may easily link your Roku TV to your cable subscription if you have a cable box (or just a coaxial cord) at home.

How do I get cable TV on Roku?

Here’s how to go back and forth between Roku and cable television. At the top of the screen, click the “Home” button symbol. This returns you to your Roku home screen or homepage. When you arrive, press the “Source” button on the TV remote.

After that, choose between “Cable TV” and “TV,” depending on your preferences (TV is for terrestrial or antenna TV). Turn off your TV after it has been reset to TV mode.

To return to Roku, go to “Source” and select Roku, then choose whether you want to watch Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime, or something else.

Mind you, this is for Roku TV. Switching from cable TV to Roku on a Roku Stick or Roku Express connected to a TV is as simple as changing the source from HDMI1 to HDMI2. Alternatively, you can use an HDMI switcher to swap between ports.

Can I get rid of my cable box with Roku?

If you have Comcast’s Xfinity cable service and want to replace your cable box with a Roku device, you’re welcome to do so. Don’t expect it to be free, though. To do so, simply install the Xfinity TV beta app on your Roku device, connect your account, and you’re ready to go.

Is there a monthly fee for a Roku TV?

Roku streaming players start at $29.99, while Roku TVs are inexpensive and available from a range of TV manufacturers. There are no monthly fees for using a Roku device or watching free channels.

Can I get rid of cable and still watch TV?

Using streaming apps, often known as streaming channels, you can get rid of cable while still watching TV. Most people are familiar with Disney+, Netflix, and Hulu, which are among the most popular streaming services.

Most of your favorite cable or satellite TV channels have their own streaming channel or are part of a bigger network of channels on a single streaming channel.

Discovery+ is an excellent example of a large streaming channel comprised of a number of your favorite cable stations.

The Discovery+ Streaming Channel costs only $4.99 a month and includes the majority of the cable channels that my husband and I watch.

Is Roku cheaper than cable?

Is streaming truly less expensive than cable? According to a recent poll, Roku users save an average of nearly $70 per month over cable. Without the monthly equipment costs, taxes, and other hidden fees that come with cable, it’s simple to start saving.

How do I turn my TV off with Roku?

Press the power button on your remote to switch off your Roku TV. You may also select to turn your TV off after four hours of inactivity by going to Settings > System > Power.

Can you get ABC NBC and CBS on Roku?

Yes, live broadcast channels such as ABC, NBC, CBS, HGTV, and Fox are available. You may also add an antenna to your Roku TV to watch live and local broadcast TV over the air if you have one.

The Netflix app is free to download on Roku, but you’ll need to pay a monthly fee to watch TV series. Let’s take a look at your Netflix options on Roku, including what you receive for free with your Roku device and what you’ll have to pay for.

Overall, Roku is a better alternative because it has more functionality and device possibilities, as well as more channels/apps, including free content. It only works with Google and Alexa, though. For Amazon Prime subscribers and those with Amazon Smart devices, the Firestick is a superior option.

Why do I have to pay a monthly fee to Roku? To ensure that your payment method linked to Roku Pay is authentic, Roku uses “pending charges” and “authorization holds.” Add or change your payment method. Purchase a recurring membership for a fee.

Do I need a cable box if I have Roku?


To get a cable TV signal, all TVs require a cable box/modem. However, if you have cable TV, your cable operator (Xfinity?) will have issued you with at least a basic box. This TV, on the other hand, does not require cable service. The built-in ROKU is powered by an internet connection, which can be obtained via a WiFi network or an Ethernet cable from your modem. That is the way to go if you want to avoid having a box. Simply connect the TV to your WiFi network to access streaming video from any service you have a subscription to, such as Netflix or Amazon Prime. If you have Xfinity, you can use your Xfinity log-on to obtain a live TV signal by downloading their app (which is still in Beta testing, so it’s not flawless). That’s what I do, and the TV is placed on the wall without the use of a box, only a power connection. The ROKU account is free, however the streaming channels must be purchased separately. I hope this clarifies things!