Your Roku 3 has a default HDMI connection, which makes it possible for you to watch high-resolution content on your TV. This high resolution begins with 720p resolution but, if you have a television that is capable of 1080p resolution, you may want to change the resolution setting on the Roku 3 so that you can take advantage of that higher resolution. Fortunately this is an option that you can configure on the Roku by following the steps below.
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Switch from 720p to 1080p on the Roku 3
You can switch back and forth between the 720 and 1080p options on the Roku 3, which is helpful if you move it between different televisions in your home. In addition, if your TV supports 1080p resolution, it can result in a better looking video if that video is output at a high enough resolution.
Step 1: Press the Home button on your Roku 3 remote control so that you are on the home screen.
Step 2: Scroll to the Settings option on the left side of the screen, then press the right arrow on the remote control to move to the list at the right side of the screen.
Step 3: Scroll to the Display Type option, then press the OK button on the remote control to select it.
Step 4: Scroll to the 1080p option and press the OK button to select it. Conversely, you can switch to the 720p option if the Roku 3 screen is not displaying properly on your TV.
Note that not every channel is capable of outputting 1080p content, and that certain channels will alter the resolution they are displaying based upon the speed of your Internet connection.
If you’ve been thinking about buying a Roku, but don’t know which one to get, check out our comparison of the Roku 2 XD and the Roku 3.
If you are enjoying your Roku 3, then maybe a friend or family member will, too. Consider buying another Roku 3 from Amazon as a gift for a birthday or holiday.
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