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How to stop your roku theme from changing on holidays

You finally worked out which Roku to buy, and set up the basics: Netflix, Amazon, and whatever other services you’re subscribed to. What next?

You’ve come to the right place: we’ve spent way too much time figuring out what the Roku platform can do, digging into the settings and Channel store to get everything just right. Here’s the first things we’d do after getting a new Roku; give them a shot.

Add a Bunch of Free Channels

How to stop your roku theme from changing on holidays

Paid channels like Netflix are great, but there are all sorts of free content you can access with your Roku. We’ve already outlined the best free channels, from The Roku Channel to PBS; check out that list and you’ll have more content than you can watch.

If that’s not enough, there are hidden private channels you can add as well.

Learn to Use the Search

It’s easy to overlook the Roku’s search functionality as a gimmick, but it’s really not—especially if your remote offers voice search. You can quickly search every streaming site in one place and start watching immediately. It’s a lot faster than checking Netflix, then checking Hulu, and so on. Even if your remote doesn’t offer voice search, you can search on your phone and start watching quickly.

Keep Up With Your Favorite Shows Using the Feed

How to stop your roku theme from changing on holidays

Keeping track of when new episodes are available can be a hassle, but set up Roku’s feed keep track of your favorite shows and you can see all new episodes in one place. Even better, you can watch them right there, regardless of which Channel offers them.

Rearrange Your Channel Icons

The more you use your Roku the more channels you’ll have. To keep things tidy you should rearrange your icons. Put the stuff you use most directly at the top of the list.

Remove Clutter From the Menu

How to stop your roku theme from changing on holidays

The Roku’s interface is straightforward, but there’s probably some stuff you don’t care about in the left panel. Happily, you can remove the Fandango Movie and TV Stores from the home screen and keep things clean.

So long as you’re taking control, you might as well also stop your Roku theme from changing on Holidays.

Learn to Mirror Your Android and Windows Devices

How to stop your roku theme from changing on holidays

There’s a Roku channel for just about everything, but from time to time you might want to mirror you Windows or Android device over to your TV. This lets you show off your photos and videos, or stream any website over to your Roku. Sadly Apple products are not supported, but don’t blame Roku: Apple could support the open Miracast protocol if it wanted to.

Similarly, you can also use your Roku like a Chromecast for a few select apps, like YouTube and Netflix.

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I have a roku 3. I want your company to stop changing my flipping background on my device. Stay out and get out, it’s pretty intrusive and I don’t want it happening.

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Thanks for the inquiry.

For more information about how to disable the holiday theme changes, visit our Support page here: How do I change the theme pack to adjust the look of the Roku® interface?

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For more information about how to disable the holiday theme changes, visit our Support page here: How do I change the theme pack to adjust the look of the Roku® interface?

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Ditto for me, sick of Roku deciding to change things regardless whether I want it or not. Just sick of it.

And Danny, your answer does not apply, mine was set to not change and yet Roku does it anyway.

Stop, I dont want vote bs, holiday **bleep** and so forth. You make us buy these devices, so they are ours. Stop.

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I have the same problem on multiple rokus and I’m fed up with it. I see no one from Roku actually offered a solution. Just run around. I’ve changed my living room tv to a fire stick when the Roku in there died. This was the deciding factor for replacing it with a fire stick. If Roku would actually like to supply a remedy I’m all ears and eagerly awaiting a soultion. I’m sick of tech intruding and taking control of our media.

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I have my all of my Roku devices settings for Season Themes to Off. It never changes mine. Double check your settings.

Once you’ve confirmed they are set that way, pick the theme you want. I use Roku default, with purple background, the out of the box setting, but use whatever you wish, of course.

The only other thing I can think of that would change background settings/themes would be some screen savers. I use the Roku default screen savers, usually the clock. If you have some other, particularly weather or news, some can affect the theme. Some apps also include screen savers as a “feature.” I’ve not seen any app pull that stunt in a while, but it has happened in the past. I just don’t recall which apps did that.

For now, re-check your settings. Don’t say “I already checked them.” Check them again. Make sure. Double sure.

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שונה? Roku מדי פעם משנה את הרקע למיליוני המשתמשים שלו, משהו שהם מכנים "נושא מובלט".

לפעמים זה כיף! לדוגמה, הנה שינוי שהם עשו על חגים מוכנים זיקוקין בעבר:

How to stop your roku theme from changing on holidays

אין מה להתלונן כאן! אבל Roku יש גם היסטוריה של שימוש בתכונה זו כדי לפרסם סרטים ותוכניות טלוויזיה, אשר אתה עלול להיות לא כל כך מתרגש (במיוחד אם כבר להסיר את החנות Fandango מן Roku שלך.)

למרבה המזל, אתה יכול לבטל תכונה זו גם כן. ממסך דף הבית ב- Roku, עבור אל הגדרות> ערכות נושא> הגדרות מותאמות אישית, ותמצא את האפשרות "הפעל נושאים נבחרים".

בטל את הסימון של האופציה, וערכות נושא נבחרות יהיו נחלת העבר. לא עוד שינויים ממשק אקראי!

בזמן שאתה נמצא כאן, כדאי שתבדוק כמה מהנושאים האחרים המוצעים ב’הגדרות ‘>’ עיצובים ‘.

How to stop your roku theme from changing on holidays

אף אחד מהם הם שונים באופן קיצוני מאשר ברירת המחדל, ואני באמת מעדיף את המראה הסטנדרטי לכולם. אבל אנשים סבירים יכולים לחלוק!

יש עוד כמה נושאים שאתה יכול להוריד, אבל הבחירה מוגבלת. אם אתה נוטה להוציא קצת כסף, אתה יכול לקנות מספר מוגבל של חלופות בחנות Roku. מסע בין כוכבים זה: הדור הבא עולה $ 3:

How to stop your roku theme from changing on holidays

זה יהיה נחמד אם Roku מותר למשתמשים ליצור נושאים משלהם, במקום לחייב $ 3 עבור מה מסתכם טפט ממותגים, אבל מה שלא יהיה. עסקאות מיקרו הם כיף.

Roku is another company that does not support their products or customers.
They do not offer a phone number anywhere on their website. All they offer are website links to self-help articles.

I found a phone number on gethuman.com, a site that is geared specifically for digging out company phone numbers.

A robotic voice greeted me and prompted me to press numbers only to be informed that no phone support is available and directed me to their unhelpful website and articles.

They have a forum so I will go on there and complain.

The reason for my desire to talk to a non-existent tech support person is that their premier box broadcasts an SSID. According to their forum, other people have noticed this beside me but the situation was not addressed. Apparently, they built in an adhoc wifi hot spot into their box. I am not comfortable with that and want to turn it off but there is apparently no way to turn it off and opt out of that "feature." It is an unnecessary security risk.

Also, when the HDMI cord is plugged in, the TV remote no longer changes channels even though I followed the simple instructions and switched the TV input from HDM2 back to HDM1 setting for the TV. It should be able to switch back and forth seamlessly.

I have everything plugged in correctly and it works great other than that. But it would be nice to talk to a qualified human and resolve these issues. Customer service is dead.

When you think about the volume of your TV, it’s pretty likely that the first thing to come to mind is the sound level of the programs that you view on that TV. These can be adjusted using the volume buttons on your remote, but you might also be concerned about the clicks that you hear when you are navigating through the menu on your Roku TV.

While this audio feedback can be useful for letting you know that you have moved or completed an action, they might be unwanted in a quiet environment, or if you simply find the sound to be annoying. Fortunately you can turn off the menu clicks on the Roku TV interface so that you can navigate through it in silence.

How to Turn Off Menu Volume on Roku TV

The steps in this article were performed on an Insignia TV using the Roku TV interface. These steps will work on other Roku TV models as well. Once you have completed these steps you will have turned off the sounds that play when you navigate through the menu on the Roku TV interface.

Step 1: Press the Home button on your Roku TV remote, then scroll down the list at the left side of the screen and choose the Settings option.

How to stop your roku theme from changing on holidays

Step 2: Scroll down the menu at the right side of the screen and choose the Audio option.

How to stop your roku theme from changing on holidays

Step 3: Select the Menu Volume item.

How to stop your roku theme from changing on holidays

Step 4: Select Off from the volume options to turn off the menu clicks.

How to stop your roku theme from changing on holidays

You should now be able to navigate through the Roku TV menu in silence.

There are a number of other settings that you can configure in Roku TV, including the way that your TV’s inputs are labeled. Find out how to rename a Roku TV input to make it easier to identify when you want to switch to a device that is connected to the TV.

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Do you have a comcast router/modem combo? If you do try these steps.

– Open up a blank page in your browser. Type/enter 10.0.0.1
– Enter username and password ( default username is "admin" and the default password is "password" )
– Click on "Connected Devices" on the left side column

You should be able to see what devices are on your network. If that doesn’t work let us know.

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From the Main Menu, go to Settings > System > Advanced System Settings > Control by mobile apps > Network access > [options]

Default lets mobile apps that are on your network control the Roku.

Permissive allows more access.

Disables is self-explanatory.

If you are set to Default, you may be in a situation where someone is on your network that you don’t know about. If you are able to see the devices on your network, look for something unexpected.

Or, it could be a family member messing with you. Pretty much one or the other.

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Disney+ debuted November 12, 2019. I logged in first thing in the morning and started watching Noelle! There were audio descriptions but honestly, they were so good I thought it was part of the movie at first (and I was doing things around the house) but I realized that what I was actually hearing was the audio descriptions that are provided for those who may not be able to see all the details. I could NOT figure out how to turn this off on the Roku I was streaming it on. After playing around with ALL the settings I finally got it. If you are having the same issue despite turning accessibility off on the tv, app, etc. here’s a workaround for now!

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How to Turn Audio Descriptions Off on Roku for Disney+

How to stop your roku theme from changing on holidays

If you’ve checked all your accessibility settings on the Roku (by pushing the star button while in Disney+ watching a movie/show) and you’re still getting audio descriptions, you’ll have to change the audio settings on the Roku itself. Here’s how to do it:

  • Press the home button on your Roku remote
  • Scroll to and press “ok” on settings
  • Scroll to Audio
  • Arrow over and down to “Audio mode”
  • Select (Stereo)
  • Go back to Disney+ and see if it worked for you

How to stop your roku theme from changing on holidays

I’m guessing this will be fixed eventually so we can turn Auto mode back on, but for now if you’re like me and want to watch Disney+ on the Roku on your tv without audio descriptions, hopefully this works for you too!

If that didn’t work for you a commenter left these instructions in the comments:

I found it inside of the Disney+ app area. Click on a title such as “Soul”, you will see a full feature screen describing the movie. There are four icons to the right of the title: 1) ‘Resume’ (or Start) – 2) ‘Restart’ – 3) a [graphic special char] CHECK – and 4) a graphic people share icon (heads, torsos, I suppose). CHANGE the CHECK to a PLUS ‘+’, and the audio description stops!

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Roku TVs are now displaying pop-up advertisements over commercials on live TV. Whether you’re watching cable TV or free OTA channels via an antenna, you’ll see an occasional Roku advertisement above a commercial. Here’s how to disable them.

These ads were first spotted by Cord Cutters News. An advertisement promoting “Ghost Town” on the Roku Channel, a program sponsored by GEICO, appeared over a GEICO commercial while watching live TV. The ads appear to be part of the Roku OS 9.2 update.

The good news is that these only appear during commercial breaks. If an advertiser has partnered with Roku, that advertiser can display an interactive pop-up advertisement over the normal commercial. These ads will only appear when commercials are already playing on your TV.

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If you don’t want to see these advertisements, you can disable them. To do so, head to Settings > Privacy > Smart TV Experience and disable the “Use info from TV inputs” feature on your Roku TV.

This will also disable suggestions like “More Ways to Watch,” which uses Automated Content Recognition (ACR) to analyze what you’re watching and recommend additional episodes of the show on streaming services as well as similar shows and movies you may be interested in watching.

How to stop your roku theme from changing on holidays

These advertisements are only available on Roku TVs at the moment. If you have a TCL Roku TV or a Roku TV made by another manufacturer, this affects you.

If you just have a standard Roku stick or streaming box, you won’t see these ads or the option to disable the “Use info from TV inputs” feature.

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Whether you've nabbed a new model or have had the same Roku for years, there's more to know about these media streaming devices than meets the eye.

How to stop your roku theme from changing on holidays

Whether you’re a cord cutter or not, you probably want a streaming device for your TV. Roku is a popular choice, particularly as it ramps up its own original content.

There’s a lot of variety and portability when it comes to Roku devices, from the budget Roku Express to the brand-new Roku Streaming Stick 4K. Whether you’ve nabbed a new model or have had the same one for years, there’s more to know beyond the basics of a Marvel marathon. We’ve put together lots of ways for you to get more out of your streaming device.

Watch Free Movies and Shows on The Roku Channel

Video-streaming services are great but they cost money. With The Roku Channel, you can sign in and access those premium channels (like HBO Max and Netflix), but the channel also offers free access to thousands of movies and TV episodes, if you can handle a few commercials. Roku acquired Quibi’s content in January, and is adding dozens of its own shows.

For a cable-like experience without the cost, go to the Roku Channel and scroll down to the Live TV Channel Guide for hundreds of channels. You can also watch in the Roku app whether you have a Roku device or not. Just download it, sign in or create an account, and start streaming.

Search 3,000 Apps at Once

Instead of searching every Roku channel individually to find what you want, you can search across them with Roku Search. Enter your search term via the Roku remote, Roku mobile app, or via voice search, and you’ll get results from over 3,000 channels, whether you have them or not. Search by title, actor, or director and you’ll get a comprehensive list. Similarly, use Roku Search to compare costs of streaming content. Type in a movie, show, or star and you’ll get a list of available titles and their costs across channels and services.

Get in the Zone

Roku Zones, meanwhile, are collections of movies and shows gathered across channels and organized by genre or topic. Go to search, type in a genre like “comedy,” and then scroll over to the zone that pops up.

Discover ‘Secret’ Roku Channels

Not all available Roku channels are listed in the Roku Channel Store. To find private ones that don’t show up under the channel guide and to add them manually, check out the Roku Guide. Clink the link you want, then Add Channel, and you’ll be taken to a Roku account page. Log in, add the code for the channel, and you’re set.

Turn Your Phone Into a Roku Remote

As great as the Roku is, navigating from the remote could use some help. Download the Roku Official Remote Control app (iOS, Android) and get the benefit of a keyboard, easy searching, and streaming from your phone or tablet.

Talk to Your Roku Remote

That said, there are some ways you can talk to your Roku directly. You can do this if you have a Roku Voice Remote Pro, Enhanced Voice Remote, Voice Remote, Gaming Remote, the Roku Touch tabletop remote that comes with Roku’s wireless speakers, or the Roku mobile app. On the remotes, press either the microphone or magnifying glass and hold them while you speak your request. On the app, select the magnifying glass to get to the search page and then tap the microphone, let it go, speak your request, and tap the middle of the screen.

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Ask Alexa or the Google Assistant

If you have an Amazon Echo and a Roku, ask Alexa to control your Roku. First, you’ll have to link both accounts by opening the Alexa mobile app, selecting Skills & Games, and searching for Roku. When you find it, tap Enable, sign in to your Roku account, and select the Roku device you want to link (or Select All if you have more than one). Then close your Roku account so Alexa will search for the device on the Device Discovery screen.

Once it finds it, tap Manage, Link Devices, and select the Roku you want to connect to Alexa. Then add the Roku to a group by selecting the Devices icon. Either add it to an existing group or create a new one by tapping the plus button. In the Alexa app, tap on the Roku device and make sure it is enabled. Then you’re set to ask things like, “Alexa, open Netflix on living room Roku.”

Roku has also opened its platform to Google, so you can use Google Assistant to make voice requests. First check that your Roku player is running Roku OS 9.0 or higher or that your Roku TV has Roku OS 8.2 or higher. Set up your Google Assistant on your Google device or app. Open the Google Assistant mobile app, tap Explore > Settings > Home Control > Add Device > Find > Roku. Sign in to your Roku account and then choose which device you want to control with Google Assistant.

Get Your Roku to Talk to Siri

For iPhone and iPad owners, Roku devices support AirPlay and HomeKit, so you can send videos, photos, and music from your device to the TV and supported speakers. Set it up in the Roku menu by navigating to Settings > Apple AirPlay & HomeKit > Launch Apple AirPlay & HomeKit setup. A QR code will pop up. Scan it with your iPhone or iPad’s camera and follow the instructions on your Apple device to finish setup. HomeKit, meanwhile, lets you control your Roku using Siri and the Apple Home app (“Hey Siri, play jazz on the living room TV”).

Roku Screen Mirroring

With AirPlay enabled, you can mirror your iPhone or iPad screen via the Control Center to Roku, though most Roku devices support screen mirroring from Android and Windows devices too. To hook it up, press the Home button on your Roku remote, then go to Settings > System > Screen Mirroring. You’ll have the option to choose between Prompt or Always Allow.

Practice Casting

If you prefer Google’s Chromecast, you can cast music, videos, and photos from mobile devices to most Roku-connected devices easily if both are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Open the content you want to share on the device and look for the cast icon. Click it and you should see all available Roku devices pop up in a menu.

Automatic Volume Leveling

How many times have you been lulled into near-somnolence by a show only to be jolted awake by a commercial? On most Roku models, you can turn on Leveling so a commercial or a channel change doesn’t result in a spike in volume. Or choose to have soft sounds increased and loud sounds decreased with Night mode.

You can turn on the feature either from Settings if you have a Streambar or Smart Soundbar or while streaming with other Roku devices. For Streambars and Soundbars, press the home button on the remote and go to Settings > Audio > Volume Modes. For other devices, press the star button on the remote and navigate to Sound Settings > Volume Mode.