The terms 4K is an acronym for Ultra HD content with 4K resolution. This tells you the details of the picture you are getting on the screen. The traditional 1080p Full HD TV resolution was limited to 1080 rows with 1920 columns which is now increased to 3840 and 2160 rows in 4K. This has improved the picture quality up to 4 times to that of a traditional one.
What is required?
The following things are required to enjoy 4K Ultra HD content:
- Roku player with 4K compatibility.
- HD TV with HDMI port and 4k support.
- Proper internet connection with enough bandwidth.
- Streaming service like Netflix with a subscribed plan that supports 4K.
- Premium quality HDMI cable.
HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2
To stream the 4K content seamlessly, your Roku device and the TV must support HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2. This includes AVR, TV and other devices connected in-between. If any of the devices doesn’t support HDMI or HDCP, then the video will auto dropped to a lower resolution.
HDCP 2.2 is a copy and content protection standard that is pre-requisite for TV and movie industry. There are some traditional TVs that do not support HDCP while other support only singles HDMI without HDCP.
Once everything is properly confirmed, you can now connect the Roku player through the below mentioned steps.
The streaming stick can be directly connected to the HDMI port of TV. There isn’t any need of a cable.
Use the below-mentioned options that best suit your configuration.
- Connect the player directly to the 4K compatible TV through HDMI 2.0 input port.
- Connecting to AVR sound bar with HDMI switching: In this, you need to connect the Roku player to the HDMI input on AVR that support HDCP.
- Connect the High-speed HDMI cable to the output on AVR or soundbar. Connect one end of the cable to the HDMI input port available on the TV that supports HDCP.
- Connecting through ARC: If there is Audio return channel available, then connect the Stick to the HDMI input that supports HDCP 2.2
- Connect the premium HDMI cable to the ARC HDMI port or ARC channel. Connect one end of the HDMI to the soundbar that supports ARC. It is important to mention here that both the TV and soundbar should support ARC, only then you can connect the device to the player. For more information, you can go through the soundbar website.
Setup: Once the connections are established, you can turn on the Roku player and read the guided instructions online from the appropriate setup guide available on Roku com page.
From where can you find the 4K ultra HD content?
If you want to watch the 4K channel or access the Roku channel store, then go to ‘How to find 4K ultra HD movies and TV shows’ from Roku player or stick website. You can get as many channels on your Roku player you want from this link.