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How to Connect Roku to TV Without HDMI

Old TVs can learn from Roku, but they must first communicate. Learn how to connect Roku to a TV without an HDMI port to use Roku’s Smart TV features on a non-smart TV.

Here’s how to connect Roku to a TV without HDMI. This works with any Roku. If you haven’t bought a Roku yet, I’ll introduce you to the Roku Express+ 2018—the only Roku made for older TVs.

Roku to TV Without HDMI

How do you connect Roku to your television set?

All of the Roku devices that are currently available, as well as the majority of Roku models from the past (with one notable exception that will be discussed further down), use HDMI connectors.

Both the Roku Streaming Stick 4K and the Roku Streaming Stick 4K+ simply insert themselves into the HDMI port of your television. Through the use of an HDMI cable, the Roku Express 4K, Roku Express 4K+, Roku Ultra, Roku Streambar, and Roku Streambar Pro can all be connected to your television.

You will need an open HDMI port in order to use any of these devices, which can present a challenge for older TVs, which are the very TVs that can benefit the most from Roku.

What Should I Do If My Television Does Not Contain an HDMI Port?

Even if your TV doesn’t have an HDMI port, you can still use Roku to stream content to it. A simple HDMI-to-component or HDMI-to-composite converter will suffice. Instead of purchasing a newer Roku, you can purchase the Roku Express Plus 2018 model.

Converter HDMI to Composite

Most older TVs have RCA composite AV connectors. Three yellow, white, and red ports identify composite connections.

You’ll need an HDMI-to-composite converter to connect your Roku. Any converter box will do. Connect the Roku to the converter box and TV.

Roku must be powered using the included USB cable. HDMI doesn’t power Roku. Plug the USB cord (or the Ultra’s DC adaptor) into an outlet using the included AC adaptor, or use any powered USB port.

Converter HDMI-to-component

If your TV doesn’t have HDMI or composite, it probably has components. Component ports resemble composites. They’re green, blue, red, and white instead of three.

You can bridge the connection with an HDMI-to-component converter. My preferred converter, but any will work. Roku plugs into the converter box’s HDMI port, and component cables connect to your TV.

This converter won’t replace your Roku’s power connection, so plug in the USB cable (or Ultra’s DC adaptor). You can use the included AC adaptor or plug the cord into any powered USB port.

The Roku Express Plus 2018

Roku made a Roku Express+ with composite cables in 2018. This is the only Roku that connects directly to HDMI or composite ports. Strange, huh?

I can’t guarantee that Amazon will always carry the 2018 Roku Express+. This is your only option if you don’t want an extra converter.

Connecting your Roku without a converter is convenient, but there’s a downside. The 2018 Roku Express+ has poorer performance and fewer features. Low supply makes it more expensive than newer, better models.

For the price of that older Roku, you can buy the newest Roku Ultra, a converter, and a few months of streaming service. That seems better.

Botton Line!

If your TV doesn’t have an HDMI port, you can still use Roku to stream content to it. The Roku Express+ 2018 is the only Roku made for older TVs. You will need an open HDMI port in order to use any of these devices. Some older TVs have RCA composite AV connectors. This works with any Roku.

Both the Roku Streaming Stick 4K and the Roku Streaming Stick 4K+ simply insert themselves into the HDMI port of your television. The Roku Express+ is the only Roku that connects directly to HDMI or composite ports. Roku’s HDMI doesn’t power it, so you’ll need an HDMI-to-composite converter. The Roku Express Plus HDMI-to-component

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