Roku and other streaming video services can be used to stream TV ads without paying an arm and a leg.
That’s because these platforms require little or no installation and can be connected to the Internet through an inexpensive device, such as an Apple TV.
Roku, for example, requires no installation at all and works just fine with a simple HDMI cable and an Ethernet cable.
Here’s how to do it.
Roku is compatible with the following streaming video products, which you can buy in the Apple App Store or Amazon.TV: Apple TV, Apple TV 2, Apple Mini, Apple HDTV, Roku, Apple Mac, Roku TV, Roku Streaming Stick, Roku Stream, Roku 4K, Roku Maxx, Roku Premiere, Roku S3, Roku XB, and Roku XE.
Apple TV is also supported by Roku’s iOS and Android apps, so you can watch TV commercials on the iPad and other mobile devices without buying anything.
There’s no way to install a Roku TV ad on your TV without plugging in a new device, so if you’ve never owned an Apple television, you can’t do much to help your TV catch up.
There are a few other things you need to know to do the trick, but these are the basic steps: Connect the Roku TV to your home Wi-Fi network Connect the TV to the router Connect the cable to the Roku device Connect the Ethernet cable to a computer or a wireless network that supports Ethernet cable If your router doesn’t have a built-in Ethernet port, you’ll need to install an adapter that does.
Here are a couple of tutorials that will walk you through the process of getting the most out of your Roku’s Wi-Home Wi-FI network.
First, connect the Roku to the TV’s WiHome Wi‑Fi network.
Go to the Settings menu on your Roku and scroll down to “Home Wi–Fi.”
Tap the “Settings” button on the top of the page.
Tap “Settings Network” at the bottom.
Tap the Ethernet button.
Tap Enable “Remote Access” in the top menu.
You can also use the Roku remote to control the Roku.
Once you’ve set up the Roku’s network, you should be able to stream a Roku-powered ad from your TV.
To check whether you can stream an ad, head over to the “View ads” section of your Settings page.
If you can, you’ve now successfully streamed an ad.
If not, you might want to check to make sure your Roku is properly configured.
If your Roku isn’t running an older version of Roku OS, you probably won’t be able in the future to do this.
Go back to the home screen of your Apple TV and scroll to “My Settings.”
Tap on “Settings.”
Scroll down to the top and tap “Services.”
Check the box next to “Supported services” to add a Roku service to your list.
Select the Roku ad you want to stream.
You should now be able click “OK” when prompted to begin streaming.
You’ll need a Roku device to watch an ad as long as it’s connected to a Wi‑Home Wi‐Fi network and the ad is streamed from the Roku itself.