Roku Enhances User Experience with Software Update

Roku April 9 revealed it is rolling out new software – dubbed OS 9.1 – designed to make user access to video and music content easier.

The Los Gatos, Calif.-based streaming media co-pioneer (along with Netflix) search for content genres using text or voice search now features a browsable collection of movies and TV shows. The titles are categorized from free, on-demand, subscription and 4K.

New voice commands include saying “replay” to go back a few seconds, “turn closed captions on/off,” to toggle closed captions, or if you can turn the TV display off while streaming select music channels like Pandora, iHeartRadio and TuneIn by saying phrases like “turn display off.”

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A new “guest” mode (previously known as Auto Sign Out Mode) allows third-party users  to sign in to subscription channels using their own account credentials on your device. You can enable or disable the feature for specific Roku devices from the “my linked devices” section on the “my account” page on You can also sign a guest out of a device if the guest left early or selected the incorrect sign-out date.

In addition to a “my offers” link affording Roku users to special deals and discounts, the software upgrade enables users to bypass re-entering log-in credentials when activating a new Roku device.

“Automatic account link” is available on nearly 10 subscription streaming services including Pandora and Sling TV, with additional services expected to be supported soon.

The software update is available on select Roku streaming players today and is expected to roll out to all supported players in the coming weeks,” Ilya Asnis, SVP Roku OS, wrote in a blog.

Roku TV models are expected to receive the update in early summer.