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Can You Use Toshiba TV Without Roku

Last Updated Mar 15, 2022

Smart TVs are essential, especially if you have a smart home. They can act as a center for interaction between your smart devices. Toshiba TVs are one of the best choices you can make when getting one as a smart hub. You might have come across a situation where you already have one, you might ask if it’s necessary to use it without Roku streaming services.

You can use your Toshiba Smart TV without Roku because Toshiba TVs do not come with the Roku streaming Service. If you want to use Roku, you’ll have to get the external Roku streaming device.

So yeah, you can use Toshiba TV without hooking up to Roku streaming services, and still enjoy smart TV because Toshiba smart TVs come with another operating system. In this article, we are going to look at if you need Roku on your Toshiba, what operating system Toshiba Smart TV uses, and how you can get the Roku streaming platform on your Toshiba smart TV.

How to Connect the Different Rokus to Toshiba TV

You may own a Toshiba smart TV, and you still want to enjoy all the features you can get with a Roku Device. Roku media devices are one of the most popular, and easy-to-use streaming devices thanks to their voice-activated remotes, smooth interface, and access to hundreds of streaming service apps like Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus, etc. 

To connect the different kinds of Rokus to your Toshiba Smart TV, do this:

  1. If you are getting the Roku stick, plug it in directly to your HDMI ports
  2. If you are getting the Roku streaming box, connect an HDMI wire to the back of the Roku box, and connect the other end to your TV’s HDMI port
  3. If you are using the Streaming Box, connect the power cable to the device, and plug it into a socket
  4. If you are using the Roku stick, you can use a USB to connect to your device

Now, let’s move on to setting up your Roku device on your Toshiba TV.

How to Set Up Roku On Toshiba TV

Now that you know how to connect the different Rokus to your Toshiba TV, you may be wondering how to set them up.

To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Switch on Both your Toshiba Smart TV and Roku device
  2. Use your remote to switch your input to HDMI 
  3. Put the batteries in your Roku remote
  4. The remote should automatically pair with your Roku device. 
  5. If it doesn’t pair automatically, press the button on the back of your remote to pair. 
  6. You can now use the on-screen instructions to register and set up your Roku account

If you own an old Toshiba TV with no HDMI, you can still use the Roku streaming box (Roku 2) on the TV. There is an AV port on the device which you can hook up to your TV’s AV to stream from popular streaming apps like Netflix. 

Does Roku Have to Be On Smart TV?

When you purchase your Toshiba smart TV, you will figure out that it might already have inbuilt apps for streaming and browsing content on the internet. Even if your Toshiba TV is already a smart one, you might be wondering if you should consider buying a Roku Streaming device. So does it have to be installed on your Toshiba?

While you don’t need Roku if you already have a Toshiba smart TV, when put side to side, Roku boasts of more content options, a better remote, an easy-to-navigate menu as well as a faster operating system. This is much better compared to Vidaa OS. 

You might even be able to switch on your Toshiba TV without a remote. With the Roku App from the play store or the app store, users would be able to remotely switch on their Televisions easily. So much more can be done with the Roku Device such as creating an environment where all your smart devices can be connected, controlled, or managed. 


Of course, you can use Toshiba TV without the need for Roku. Toshiba Smart TVs already come with an android operating system which makes it unnecessary to get a streaming box like Roku. But, there is a catch: the majority of smart TVs have weak processors built into the motherboard hence giving you a hard time when you run programs like the streaming service Netflix. 

When it comes to streaming devices such as Roku, the company focuses on building a high processor for the device so that it can run all the necessary apps for your entertainment. They even have enough processing power to run games, as well as entirely your smart home, by acting as a Smart Hub. Indeed, you can use Toshiba TV without Roku, but having a streaming device is a necessity for your smart home.

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