How to Hook Up Roku to TV Without HDMI – Step-by-Step

Roku devices are excellent for enjoying streaming services directly on your TV. Some Roku players include Roku Express, Roku premier Plus, Roku Ultra, etc.

These players support streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Pluto TV. In addition, Roku devices usually come with HDMI output cables for easy installation and setup.

However, not all TVs come with HDMI ports. So you will have to find a way to hook up Roku to TV without HDMI if it doesn’t come with one.

How to Hook Up Roku to TV Without HDMI – Step-by-Step

Generally, there are two ways hook up Roku to TV without HDMI. You can either use a converter box or get the 2018 Roku Express Plus.

Follow these steps to use a converter box to hook up Roku to TV without HDMI ports.

  • STEP 1: Connect your Roku device to the side of the converter that has the HDMI port
  • STEP 2: Connect the 3 RCA composite cables that are on the converter to the corresponding ports on your TV
  • STEP 3: Plug your ROKU device into a power source
  • STEP 4: Turn ON your TV and select the TV/AV input. After doing that, you can proceed to setting up your Roku device as you would normally

If you want to use the 2018 Roku Express Plus model to hook up your Roku device to a TV without HDMI, follow this simple setup procedure:

  • STEP 1: Connect the composite cables that are on the Roku Express Plus to the corresponding ports on your TV
  • STEP 2: Connect your Roku device to a power outlet and turn it ON
  • STEP 3: Open “Input settings” and then select TV/AV input
  • STEP 4: You can proceed to complete the setup of your Roku device

How to Connect Roku to TV With Cable Box

As described on the Roku support channel, there are three ways to hook up your Roku TV with cable or satellite service. You can refer to the step-by-step instructions below for whichever means of connection you prefer.

Connecting with HDMI

We recommend that you connect your cable box using an HDMI cable. This connection is the easiest, and it offers the highest video and sound quality.

  • STEP 1: Use an HDMI cable to connect the HDMI port on your Cable box to the available HDMI ports on your Roku TV
  • STEP 2: Connect your Roku TV and Cable box to a power source and turn them ON
  • STEP 3: Using the Roku remote, navigate from the “Home Screen” to the HDMI Input Tile to which you have connected your Cable box
  • STEP 4: Press “OK” on the remote to select the HDMI Input Tile when you find it
  • STEP 5: If your Cable box is powered ON and you have set up a proper connection, your TV will be able to recognize the Cable box connection

Connecting with Composite RCA Cable

If what you have on your Cable box is just a composite video output, you can connect it to your TV using an RCA cable.

  • STEP 1: Connect each RCA plug on the Cable box to the corresponding connector on your TV
  • STEP 2: Connect the TV & Cable box to a power source and turn them on
  • STEP 3: Use the Roku remote to navigate from the “Home screen” to the “AV Tile
  • STEP 4: Press “OK” to select the “AV Tile
  • STEP 5: If the connection is correct, your TV will recognize the Cable box

Connecting with a Coaxial Cable

  • STEP 1: Locate the coaxial cable port on your TV and the one on your Cable box
  • STEP 2: Screw one end of the coaxial cable into the coaxial port on your cable box
  • STEP 3: Screw in the other end of the coaxial cable into the coaxial port on your TV
  • STEP 4: Turn ON your TV and the Cable box
  • STEP 5: Using the Roku remote navigate from the “Home Screen” to the “Antenna TV tile
  • STEP 6: Press “OK” on the remote to select the “Antenna TV tile
  • STEP 7: Proceed with the setup by following the on-screen instructions
  • STEP 8: Select Start finding Channels and press the “OK” on your remote
  • STEP 9: Give your Roku TV some time to scan for the available broadcast channel

Can A Roku Be Connected to A TV Without HDMI?

Yes. You can hook up a Roku TV without HDMI. If you want to hook up a Roku TV without HDMI, you can use a converter box or get the 2018 Roku Express Plus.

How Do I Connect Roku To My Old TV?

  • STEP 1: Plug the Roku device into your TV’s HDMI port
  • STEP 2: Connect the Roku device to a power outlet
  • STEP 3: Turn ON your TV and the Roku device
  • STEP 4: Press the “Source” button on your remote and select the HDMI slot to which you connected the Roku device
  • STEP 5: The Roku setup screen will come up. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup process

Can Roku Connect to TV Wirelessly?

Yes, it can. Based on the information displayed on the Roku support channel, all Roku streaming devices can connect to a router wirelessly.

In fact, some Roku streaming devices also have Ethernet ports, and some use a third-party adapter to connect to the internet.

Read also: Apple AirPlay Not Working on LG, Vizio, Samsung Tv & Roku? Best Fixes

How Do I Connect My Roku To A Non-Smart TV?

If you want to connect a Roku device to a non-smart TV, you can use an HDMI cable. Follow this procedure to connect your Roku device to a non-smart TV via HDMI cable:

  • STEP 1: Plug the Roku device into your TV’s HDMI port
  • STEP 2: Connect the Roku device to a power source and turn it on
  • STEP 3: Press the “Input”, “Source”, or “Video” button on your remote
  • STEP 4: Select the HDMI slot that is hosting your Roku device
  • STEP 5: The Roku setup screen will come up. Complete the setup process by following the on-screen instructions

If you don’t have HDMI ports, you can use composite video cables or a composite-to-HDMI converter.

Conclusion

Generally, most Roku devices usually come with HDMI ports. However, it is possible for a TV not to have HDMI ports.

The good thing is you can still find another way to hook up Roku to TV without HDMI. Simply follow the procedures highlighted in this article.