Roku has started rolling out a major software update that adds features such as “Live TV Pause”, mobile private listening, “Play on Roku” casting, screen mirroring, improved HDMI CEC support, and much more.
Roku OS 7.5 software update
Roku is adding an exclusive feature to Roku TVs – TVs with the Roku OS built-in – that partners such as Hisense, Sharp, and TCL and are selling. Because these TVs come with an integrated antenna tuner, Roku is adding the option to pause live over-the-air TV.
With Roku’s “Live TV Pause” feature you can pause live TV for up to 90 minutes. To activate the feature you must connect a USB drive to the TV that will store temporary recordings while pausing. Be aware that this is not a full DVR feature.
Another new feature in Roku OS 7 is “mobile private listening” for Roku TVs. It allows you to plug in a headphone to your mobile device and stream TV audio to the phone while watching streaming content.
Roku is also improving HDMI CEC controls, meaning that the Roku TV remote for your Roku box will be capable of controlling volume controls on some TVs. This is a feature that Apple implemented very elegantly in Apple TV and that other platforms are embracing now.
For a full list of new features in Roku OS 7.5 see below. The company also recently launched four new Roku media players.
Key Roku OS 7.5 Features:
Live TV Pause (Roku TV models only) – Never miss a play with Live TV Pause, a new feature available for all Roku TV models. When an antenna is connected to your Roku TV, you can now easily pause and playback digital broadcast TV to make sure you never miss a minute of the action when you head to the kitchen for a snack run. Using this new feature, over-the-air TV can be paused for up to 90 minutes. Live TV Pause requires a low cost USB flash drive with 16GB or more of storage capacity to be connected to your Roku TV.
Mobile private listening for Roku TV models – Roku OS 7.5 brings a popular feature that’s currently available on select Roku streaming players (3600X, 3700X, 3710X, 4620X, 4630X, 4640X) to all Roku TV models. When using the latest version of the Roku mobile app for iOS and Android (V3.6.0), Roku TV owners can now enjoy private listening via their mobile device while watching streaming content. With this new feature, you can listen as loud as you like while not disturbing others in the house. Simply launch the Roku mobile app while connected to the same wireless network as your Roku TV, connect a pair of headphones to your mobile device and enjoy.
Audio Guide – To provide a better entertainment experience for the visually impaired, Roku OS 7.5 includes a new Audio Guide feature that is available on Roku TV models in the US as well as select Roku streaming players (4640X, 4630X, 4620X, 3710X, 3700X, 3600X). This feature uses text-to-speech to assist with navigation of the Roku user interface and onscreen menus. Audio Guide can be activated by pressing the “*” button on the Roku remote four times consecutively, or by selecting to turn the feature on/off within the new Accessibility category in the Settings menu.
Roku player remote volume control – Roku streaming player models with remotes that feature volume buttons (4640x, 4630x, 4400x, 4230x, 4200x) can now control the volume level of TVs and audio receivers that support volume control via HDMI® Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) technology.
New feedback option for streaming channels – You can now quickly provide feedback on your experience with streaming channels by pressing the Options button “*” on your Roku streaming player or Roku TV remote control when the channel tile is highlighted. Simply select “Give us feedback” from the options menu to report your experience to help ensure our channel partners are aware of potential issues.
Roku Media Player auto launch (only works with Roku devices that include USB input) – Roku OS 7.5 makes accessing your stored videos and other content easy by automatically launching the Roku Media Player when you insert your USB storage device. This feature can be disabled if desired.
Screen mirroring added for more Roku players – Roku OS 7.5 adds our screen mirroring feature to the Roku Premiere, Roku Premiere+ and Roku Ultra. Screen mirroring allows you to wirelessly mirror your compatible Android, Windows Mobile, Windows 10, or Windows 8.1 device’s screen onto your TV screen. More information about screen mirroring on your Roku device is available here.
Play on Roku support for multiple mobile devices – Roku OS 7.5 and the updated Roku mobile app for iOS and Android now enable multiple people to use the Play on Roku feature on a Roku device. This feature is great for a party or post-event gathering so everyone can share photos from their mobile device with the group on the big screen at the same time.
Improved search experience – Updates to Roku search provide results more quickly as you enter the title, actor or director you want to search. Relevant search results are displayed as soon as you begin entering text to help make finding what you want to watch easier. In addition, the relevancy of search results across the 100+ channels now included in Roku search has been improved.
Streaming performance – Roku OS 7.5 includes a variety of updates to improve the overall streaming performance of your Roku device. Videos will start more quickly in some channels and channels supporting video playlists have more seamless video transitions.
Auto display detection – The Roku Streaming Stick® (model 3600X) will now auto-detect the TV display setting and select the optimal setting based on your TV’s resolution.
Key Roku OS 7.5 Features:
Logitech Harmony remotes can now wake-up a Roku 4 player.
Fixed bug where a Roku 4 player occasionally displayed content in the upper left corner of the screen after display settings were changed from 720p/1080p to 4K UHD.
Fixed bug where the focus of the Roku user interface would occasionally appear off center in some user interface themes when scrolling through menus.
Fixed bug that caused the screen to flicker when playing some games on select Roku streaming players (models 3600x, 2720x, 2710x, 2700x, 2500x, 2450x).
Fixed bug where a Roku 4 player would display inconsistent black levels when display setting was manually changed to 4K UHD.
Fixed bug where some Roku TV models would experience occasional delay during playback when using the Roku Media Player.