As proud owners of Roku devices your experience always stays fresh with automatic software updates providing new features and fixes. Today we are beginning the release of Roku OS 7.5, the latest version of our operating system to Roku streaming players and Roku TVs. It includes some exciting new features that we know Roku TV users will love including Live TV Pause and mobile private listening. Whether you bought your Roku TV today, or purchased one of the first Roku TVs launched in 2014, you’ll receive these great new features. Roku OS 7.5 will soon begin roll out to Roku TV models bringing more value and enjoyment to your streaming experience.

  • Live TV Pause for Roku TV models – Never miss a play with Live TV Pause. 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 USB storage device with 16GB or more of storage capacity to be connected to your Roku TV.

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  • 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) and all Roku TV models (once 7.5 roll out). When using the latest version of the Roku mobile app (V3.6.0), Roku TV owners can now enjoy private listening via their mobile device while streaming. With this new feature, you can listen as loud as you like on your Roku TV while not disturbing others in the house. Simply launch the Roku mobile app for iOS or Android while connected to the same wireless network as your Roku TV, connect a pair of headphones to your mobile device and enjoy.

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Click here to learn more about what’s included in Roku OS 7.5, including an update to the Play on Roku feature for the Roku mobile app that let’s your friends share their photos on the big screen and the addition of our screen mirroring feature to the Roku Premiere, Roku Premiere+ and Roku Ultra.

The roll out of Roku OS 7.5 is expected to be completed before the holidays after the new year.

* Note: Streaming channel developers, content partners, advertisers and anyone who would like information related to SDK updates and additional improvements within Roku OS 7.5 can find more info on the Roku Developer Blog or in our SDK documentation.

Stream on!

About Chas Smith

SVP and general manager Roku TV & Players
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99 Comments
  • mahesh

    does it work with roku2 XS

    • Which feature are you referring to? Mobile private listening is available on Roku 2 XS (3100X).

      • Mahesh

        private listening feature

  • Vexedx10

    Love it! I was just telling someone I wish mobile listening was available on my device. I’m so happy. Roku rocks!

    • Happy streaming!

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  • Matthew Szewczyk

    When will you support mpeg4 natively without transcoding? Us SiliconDust patrons would be very much obliged.

  • David Gabel

    When the heck will you add private listening for all of your devices via the app?? Seems silly to buy a remote of yours breaks just to use that.

    • I wish they’d do that on my Roku 3!!

      • John Fenley

        I agree as well! My wife and I both use our phones to control our Roku 3, and being able to listen with headphones would be so nice. The kids lost our original remote over a year ago.

        • Ryan Nastaj

          I consider capital punishment for ALL the kids then. !:)

  • JohnBoy Vega

    Can a mod verify If 24fps was added to os 7.5

  • Jamal Saqib

    Hi Chas,

    I went to Sams Club and I cannot find the new Hitachi Roku Tvs that you said will be coming out in October. Do you know when they will be released?

  • Fedup

    When does 7.5 hit the tvs? STILL showing 7.2.0 on my tcl tv

    • EnTerr

      Tough question! RokuTVs tend to be delayed. Consider yourself in luck you have 7.2 even 🙂

    • Jim Smith

      Mine was updated yesterday (Haier)

    • It started rolling out on Tuesday 11/1 so you should see it anytime in the coming weeks!

      • Roberto JR

        :::::This OS 7.5 new update prevents u to connect to any wifi lots and lots of wifi problems like not connecting at all trying to connect to wifi the whole day like conecting to wifi for only 5seconds then disconnects for no apparent reason . Completely Freezing during wifi wireless network search to the point where u have to unplug the tv did a wireless network rest and still the same . Another thing after searching for wifi wireless networks it states there’s no wireless networks available and there’s actually more than 7 wi-fi networks available here Only if ur lucky you will see available wifi networks then not connecting at all and Freezing completely or connects for 5 seconds then disconnects::::::!!! ROKU What the heck did u guys do with this Peace of update we are not able to connect to wifi at all This is a real nightmare OS 7.5 Roku update Trashed all our roku tvs not only one but 4 roku TV’s don’t have wifi working at all and my friends Roku Tv’s are having the same problem why why why would u do this FIX THIS ASAP CUZ WE ARE GOING CRAZY NUTS SMH SMH !!!!!

        ::::::Anyone with a fix please let us know as we are dieing here with no wifi on our roku tv’s we seriously want to break them please please help guys !!!!:::

        • Roseanne Nadeau

          Any update on this? Because ME TOO and I’m PISSED

  • Brian Richards

    The pause feature is VERY CLEVER AND COOL FEATURE.

    REQUEST: Hopefully in the future you would consider adding full scale dvr features to rokus and roku tv’s. Especially with cablecards.

    One other question: Why only OTA? Why not have this on the hdmi inputs as well? This would make your TV’s GOLD for people using multi-room DVR’s from Time Warner, DirecTV, and probably some others where they can’t pause live tv when not on their main TV

    • A replacement technology for cablecards is under discussion so it looks like no one wants to design any new products to use them. If you want that capability, you can get a HDHomeRun Prime and Plex (with premium subscription) to use Plex’s new DVR feature (which requires a special beta version of the server currently).

      If you just want OTA with your Roku, you could use a Tablo OTA DVR too. It’s what I use.

      • Brian Richards

        I have a windows Media Center which works great, but I’d like to get all my media working through the one simple roku interface. I find that more and more I never even watch cable, I just have it so it can keep my apps activated.

  • dotsmada

    Can multiple people use the private listening at the same time with separate phones?

    • No, but we like the idea and will pass it over to our mobile team!

  • nickvanxl9

    I have a 48″ TCL Roku TV. I am using a USB to ethernet adapter and now have no extra USB port to plug in a USB storage device. Do you know of any USB to ethernet adapters with an additional USB port that works with the 48″ TCL Roku TV?

  • Drewtlo

    I just upgraded my 4200x to 7.5 and private listening playback sounds like The Chipmunks. I’ve rebooted the player and app. I also reinstalled the app. The audio stream is still really fast. Anything else I can try? Thank you.

    • Marcus

      I have the same problem – any resolution? What kind of phone and OS? I am on a Nexus 6P with Android 7.0.

    • Matt Foot

      I hate doing “me too”, but in the context of a bug report situation… ME TOO!

  • Mik Furie

    Same problem as Drewtio on my 4200X. Through my phones and tablet, private listening sounds like high-speed dubbing. Fast, high pitched audio coming through. In the UK with a strong Wi-Fi signal.

    Also, I’ll second the request for multi-person private listening. We have noisy neighbours and, sometimes, being able to watch television with headphones in is our only escape. I’d love to be able to listen through my phone while my wife listens through hers or the remote.

  • Shreedhar

    I installed the v3.6 update to my Android app on Samsung Galaxy S7 and I don’t see the headphone icon in the app at all or any option to enable headphone option.
    Also, I am using TCL Roku TV and thought these Roku TV models mean nothing to Roku as they build new streaming sticks/devices instead of TV, even the software updates. Anyways, when can we expect the new OS 7.5 update on TCL model of Roku TV? I think it is currently running OS 7.3 and no updates on searching for updates this morning.

    • Hi Shreedhar, the roll out started so you can expect to see 7.5 on your TV sometime in the coming weeks – that’s when the private listening feature will be available for you.

  • Ailsa Nordstrom

    Will Roku Ultra players get the pause feature or is that only for Roku TVs?

    • That feature is Roku TV only. The Roku Ultra doesn’t have a tuner (e.g. with an antenna input).

  • Brian Richards

    And we’ll get this when??? Still not available.

    • Hi Brian, it started rolling out on 11/1 and will be complete in the coming weeks.

      • Brian Richards

        How about a time table explaining when to expect it on what devices.

        7.2 has been a disaster on my TCL roku tvs. Constant lag and crashes that it didn’t have prior. Hopefully you’ve fixed this.

  • Tampammm

    Major Bug introduced by 7.5,,,I can’t cast weblinks/videos to my Roku anymore. I don’t really use mirroring, I use casting. Please fix this urgently!

    • kim

      Same here. It stopped working Friday. Tried everything but nothing works. I contacted Roku but no response yet.

      • Tampammm

        If you’re casting from an Android device you might have luck using the “Video & TV Cast/Roku” app from the Google Play Store. The app developer actually put in a fix on his app to correct the Roku problem!!! This guy is fantastic!

        • kim

          This is great news. This is the main app that I use and love. I will check for the update. Thank you !!

  • Jimmni

    My remote has become extremely unreliable. I didn’t understand why at first, but it turns out it happened immediately following the update to 7.5. Please fix this urgently! It’s making my Roku near unusable.

  • D, Best

    My private channels will no longer play video when asked to retrieve. Everything works great in previous versions. There needs to be a way to go back to a previous OS, until ROKU knows what it is doing across the board. Tried to get support, and they had no idea about what to do with the update. Very frustrating.

  • Steve B

    when will OS 7.5 be pushed to Premier+ models? I bought my device over two weeks ago and still do not have the latest OS, which prohibits me from streaming audio in dolby!

    • Steve B

      and can you kindly be more specific than telling us we’ll receive it “in the coming weeks”?

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  • doyoulikekungfu

    Auto Updated on my TCL TV 55″ 4k TV and now when I change the volume from the remote, I have volume bars on the left and right sides of the screen.

  • Just bought a Roku Express to take advantage of the accessibility features (audio guide, in particular), and so far, I’m underwhelmed. I asked in a support email if it was possible to upgrade over USB, since I of course can’t use accessibility features to turn on the accessibility features that aren’t there, and didn’t get any answer to that, though it appears this isn’t possible. So, in order to make things easier, I set my wifi to open security and connected, got a software update, which is apparently 7.2-something, and the player claims the software is up to date, but of course the 7.5 features for which I purchased the player are still absent. Anyone got any advice on this?

    • A Roku representative posted on Reddit that 7.5 will be available for the Roku Express in “early December”. https://www.reddit.com/r/Roku/comments/5cg00n/is_the_roku_express_getting_75/

      Why they didn’t post that here is beyond me, but they don’t often post comments on their own blog.

      It seems that the only model to support the audio guide and may have already received the 7.5 update is the latest Roku streaming stick.

      The micro USB port on the Roku Express seems to be used for (electrical) power only.

      As to advice, I would suggest you continue using your iPad, or whatever it is you’ve been using, until the update is finally ready in two or three weeks.

      • Thanks much for that. Yeah, I can still get Netflix and what not on my old AppleTV and iPhone. Guess the report on how well the audio guide works will have to wait a little longer. Can’t say I’m very impressed with communication so far, but hopefully that’s just a lousy first impression.

  • Jeez, could y’all make it more impossible to actually contact support?

    When, on Thursday, I called the phone number listed on the accessibility page, I got dumped into the general mailbox. When I emailed the accessibility email address, I got the email back that didn’t answer the questions I had, at all. When I wrote back to clarify the question, I got silence followed by silence. When I called the toll-free number, I got directed to a web page I’d already looked at. Finally, when I used the contact support page listed in this discussion, I got only questions not at all what my current question is (being “How can I get this update most easily?”), and when I selected the closest thing, which wasn’t close at all, I got a support article, and there seems to be no reasonable way to actually submit a question. I suppose the way the accessibility page has contacts listed and how they’re answered should have told me everything I needed to know about how Roku feels about disabled customers, but I wanted, and still want, to give Roku a fair shake. Admittedly, y’all aren’t making that very easy to do.

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  • LinaS

    Casting still doesn’t work after the new update. Super frustrating as my house is full of roku players and none of them work for casting at this time.. Please fix!!

    • Tampammm

      Read further down this thread as this has been discussed already. There is a link there to a working casting app.

  • jc

    > completed before the holidays.

    Um, we’ve hit the first of “the holidays” as of today and still no upgrade.

    What gives?

  • Linda Maria

    Roku TV doesn’t like to stream the hulu app these past few days. I worked with Hulu and we did everything we could on their end. Now Roku TCL TV still dislikes hulu so Roku, please work it out on your end. This sucks.

    • tt

      I an having this same issue with Hulu on my TCL TV. My version is also still at 7.2

    • tt

      This issue cleared up for me out of the blue yesterday. I’m not sure why, but everything is working for me now.

  • Sam73065

    I’m still waiting for my TCL TV to update to 7.5. However my Roku 3 updated to 7.5 and I am unable to use private listening with it as the article states.

  • Vance

    A feature I would love to see (and doesn’t seem like it would be hard to add) is the ability to categorize my channels. Either with the same categories as the channel store or into custom named categories. As I (and my girl friend) add channels the list to scroll through to get where I want gets longer & longer.

    • Tampammm

      Definitely, Roku seems to be behind the times in introducing a new front end capability to better sort all their fantastic content.

      In the meantime there is a solution I am using that does what you want. There is a private Roku channel called “MyChannels” which does all that sorting. The channel code add-on is the same as the name of the channel being “MyChannels”. You can create the sorts and name the channel categories any way you like.

  • Tom Holcomb

    Beginning on 11/25 I lost HD resolution and I started having trouble getting live TV to load efficiently. I have eliminated my Tablo and my internet as culprits, leaving the ROKU update as the prime suspect. Is it possible to return to the previopus software version until the bugs are worked out?

  • 程肯

    My TCL tv just updated to 7.5 today. All is working.

  • Hu

    New version is still unavailable on my Roku player. It’s been over one month since this release note .

  • 程肯

    “Live TV Pause requires a USB storage device with 16GB or more of storage capacity to be connected to your Roku TV.”

    What format should the USB stick be in?

  • John Jensen

    We have an Insignia Roku TV. Currently we are running OS version 7.2. Seems as though we have been lost in the shuffle for the updated version 7.5. Any idea when we can expect the new operating system?

    • Brian Richards

      It’s the same for TCL. The 7.2 update wrecked both of our TCL Tv’s. They work most of the time, but you never know when they are going to crash or need a reboot. It’s way more often than it used to be.

    • James Hurley

      I heard the update was to be released before Christmas. I have a 2015 TCL Roku TV and a new Sharp Roku TV both sitting at 7.2

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  • IamApenn09

    when will os 7.5 be available for insignia NS-48DR510NA17 in the US

  • Brian Richards

    Please provide a schedule of what devices will be updated when.

    At this point I have YET to see ANY Roku device that’s been updated. I have repeatedly checked two TCL TV’s, a roku express purchased and setup a day after launch, and a ROKU 2. NONE of them has this update. Not automatically or manually. So which devices DO have this update? IF A NEARLY BRAND NEW PLAYER THAT’S CURRENT GENERATION ISN’T AT THE TOP OF THE LIST WHAT IS?

    ROKU: It’s bad enough that you are so far behind the curve on development tools that we ROKU owners get the CRAPPY version of apps and new services that come out skip us over make us wait longer. But, on top of that, you are becoming extremely horrible at communication. You still haven’t released the HDR $K TV’s that were supposed to be out this quarter according to all information from the beginning of the year.

    Please, we all love our ROKU’s, I’ve been in your ecosystem for years and I prefer it still, but I’m starting to look at other options for my next purchases.

  • Laurie Pelham

    Since the upgrade was installed on my LG Roku 55″ TV one of my OTA antenna channels freezes every few seconds and becomes heavy pixelated. I thought the antenna may have moved degrading that signal but the same channel comes in perfectly on my other non-Roku TVs using the same antenna feed. All other OTA channels on the Roku come in strong and great quality. Is this a Roku issue or the TV station’s issue?

  • 程肯

    After 6 weeks, my 3 TCL Roku TVs and my Premium+ are now up-to-date. The Premium+ got v7.5.1.

    No issues so far. I’ve setup one of my RokuTVs with a USB stick, for live broadcast pause, and that format was done automatically. Seems to work fine.

    What I would love is if the app placement could be synchronized amongst my 4 Rokus, not to mention it would be nice if I logged in with my credentials on one TV, wouldn’t it be nice not to have to do it again on another RokuTV.

  • Roselyn Wieczorek

    I have an older Sharp Roku smart tv that is running 7.5.0. I just purchased an Insignia Roku smart tv and it is still running 7.2. I tried to update the software but to no avail. Is there anyway to download 7.5 and install it on the Insignia?

  • Will Pollard

    My Ultra is updated to 7.5.1 and no volume control via the remote with CEC connected devices. Release notes said that would be included in 7.5

    • ARadilla

      This is the same issue we are having. Did you find a solution?

  • Robert Last

    The update has been a disaster! I have had my TCL Roku since April 2016 and Friday, 12/16/2016, I have had nothing but problems. I called tech no support and they lied to me about changes; plus you can’t understand anything they say.
    The latest fix still doesn’; you people should be ashamed of yourselves for this dismal update.

    • Roberto JR

      Great and i just noticed we are both Roberts omg I feel like this is the end of our Roku TV’s

  • 程肯

    Well, that was weird, I just checked my Roku Premium+ which was updated to v7.5.1 two weeks ago, and I just noticed it’s been rolled back to 7.2.2. What’s up with that?

  • Roberto JR

    :::::This OS 7.5 new update prevents u to connect to any wifi lots and lots of wifi problems like not connecting at all trying to connect to wifi the whole day like conecting to wifi for only 5seconds then disconnects for no apparent reason . Completely Freezing during wifi wireless network search to the point where u have to unplug the tv did a wireless network rest and still the same . Another thing after searching for wifi wireless networks it states there’s no wireless networks available and there’s actually more than 7 wi-fi networks available here Only if ur lucky you will see available wifi networks then not connecting at all and Freezing completely or connects for 5 seconds then disconnects::::::!!! ROKU What the heck did u guys do with this Peace of update we are not able to connect to wifi at all This is a real nightmare OS 7.5 Roku update Trashed all our roku tvs not only one but 4 roku TV’s don’t have wifi working at all and my friends Roku Tv’s are having the same problem why why why would u do this FIX THIS ASAP CUZ WE ARE GOING CRAZY NUTS SMH SMH !!!!!

    ::::::Anyone with a fix please let us know as we are dieing here with no wifi on our roku tv’s we seriously want to break them please please help guys !!!!:::

  • Beverly

    Do you need to have cable for Roku to work? Is there a cost per month after I install Roku? How
    can I get OWN network?

    • 程肯

      What is “cable”? Cable tv, no, you don’t need that, but cable internet? That’d be a good start because unless you plan to only get OTA tv, you need fast internet for Roku to stream. Once you do that, you need to subscribe to one of the live streaming offerings. I know PlaystationVue has OWN. I don’t know if SlingTV or DirectTV are offering it as well.

  • I finally got the 7.5 update on my Premier+. Then just a few weeks later (just before Christmas) it rolled back to 7.2.2. Why? 7.5 didn’t really offer very many feature updates for me so i am not really too concerned, but I was just curious why it rolled back?

  • Ja Koe

    Do I need a 2.0 or 3.0 usb flash drive? (Still not thrilled with layout of roku. Cumbersome to find something to watch. Like it’s a big ad for all the lousy streaming channels. Most are complete junk. And only getting clips from OTA networks and such is annoying. Why can’t I watch an entire show? Just easier to watch on my laptop and only use TV for OTA and Netflix. And I use my laptop to add shows to my Watch List. Roku also can’t manage a watchlist – really should be a basic feature.)

    • A USB storage device is for if you have a local digital media collection (e.g. photos and videos you’ve taken on your phone or DVDs you’ve ripped) and want to watch on your Roku without setting up a media server. (Some people prefer it, but I recommend using Plex or Emby media servers instead.)

      The Roku channels for OTA networks provide content on their own terms. If you don’t have a cable/satellite subscription they can be somewhat limited. If you want OTA content without a monthly fee, you can get an antenna for your TV (which it sounds like you already have) and perhaps an OTA DVR, like Tablo.

      Plex has a watch list feature, if you want to use it as your media server. There are also iPhone and Android apps (and also websites) for tracking what movies and TV episodes you’ve watched. (http://lifehacker.com/how-to-track-all-your-tv-shows-so-you-never-miss-an-epi-1180239026) Sidereel is one I’ve used some.

      As you’ve seen, the quality of channels/apps available on an open platform varies (Fire TV is much the same). When you find a non-working channel, you should report it by first selecting it on the home screen but instead of launching it, press the “*” (star/asterisk) button on your remote and use the feedback option.

  • Adrian

    Just got it 7.5 for Roku TV. The new Amazon update is buggy, it sometimes is unresponsive and shuts down my TV

  • Adrian

    Add more CODECs to the Media Player

  • Tim Lassiter

    Can you use the PlayStation Vue on a Roku TV?