Do I Need a Roku if I Have a Smart TV?

By Bradly Spicer •  Updated: 08/26/21 •  3 min read

With every TV on the market being a Smart TV, Smart Top Boxes are becoming less common. So, do you need a Roku Streaming Stick if you have a Smart TV?

The answer to this question is typically, no. You do not need a Roku Streaming Stick if you have a Smart TV that offers a wide range of features.

Depending on the brand of your Smart TV, you’ll have a variety of apps and functionality, some Smart TVs allow you to download applications, others allow you to bootload APKs and others don’t allow you to do anything at all. Some Smart TV brands like Roku even allow you to turn your TV on and off without a remote.

One advantage of the Roku Streaming Stick is the ability to add third-party streaming vendors, some legal, some illegal; for example 123Movies via the Kodi application.

Do you need a streaming device if you have a smart TV?

This answer depends entirely on what Smart TV you have and what firmware it has, with updates for streaming software coming out daily, it’s inevitable that at some point your TV will become redundant. At such a point, you can follow the same steps for converting a tv into a smart tv to bring it up to date.

You will still need a WiFi connection, regardless of which option you choose. Typically you will want a stronger connection so using a WiFi booster is recommended if your Smart TV or Roku stick is quite far away from your hub or has a few walls between it.

My Smart TV doesn’t have the streaming options I want

If your Smart TV doesn’t have the channels/apps that you want, for example, HBO, SHOWTIME, Crackle etc, these are all available on a Roku Stick along with 100s of other streaming applications.

Why is Roku so popular in Comparison to Smart TVs?

Roku is actually an incredible Streaming Top Box, it boasts over 8000 apps/channels, now offering 4K streaming and over 50000+ movies. Roku TVs also support AirPlay which allows you to easily stream audio and video from your Apple devices straight to your TV. From time to time, you may find that AirPlay isn’t working well with your Roku TV, but you can often resolve the problem in a few minutes. If you don’t want a Smart TV, Roku has gone from being a smaller Android-based company to a full multimedia company offering Dolby Vision, Sound Bars, its own TV, and plenty of streaming options such as:

  • Netflix
  • Disney+
  • HBOMax
  • Spectrum
  • Peacock
  • Hulu
  • Prime Video
  • Roku Channel
  • tubi Free Movies & TV
  • PlutoTV
  • Plex
  • PBS
  • PBS Kids
  • Crackle
  • The CW
  • Vidgo
  • Sling
  • And more!

Bradly Spicer

I'm a Smart Home and IT Enthusiast that loves to check out new technology and gadgets! I enjoy reading your experiences and news, so if you want to share anything or chat smart homes, definitely send me an email!