What channels can you watch on Roku without internet? This is question we don’t get often, but, it is possible to watch live channels with no internet on a Roku, Whether you’re traveling, camping, or simply experiencing internet connectivity issues, Roku offers a few options for offline viewing, actually.
The Roku TV with a built in ATSC tuner can access live TV channels using an antenna. This is the only Roku model that supports offline TV channels. The channels you can access very by region. Offline viewing of local media on a USB stick or SD card can be accessed on models like the Roku Ultra.
Today we’ll be taking a look at how watching channels offline works on a Roku (which involves a model with tuner built in). So, let’s dive in and explore what channels you can watch on Roku without internet, and some other ways you can use your device when you’re not connected!
Can A Roku Work Without Internet At All?
Fortunately, Roku devices can still function (in a limited capacity) without an internet connection. And yes, you can get some live channels. But not all Roku devices can support this, and it’s a bit of a headache. And, while this guide addresses Roku TV’s specifically, you may also want to have a look at our full guide on using any smart TV without Wi-Fi.
Roku devices are primarily designed for streaming content from the internet. However, there are options for using them offline. For example, you can download content from the Roku Channel Store onto your computer and watch it without an internet connection. Additionally, some channels offer the ability to download content for offline viewing. Keep in mind, though, that not all channels offer this feature.
Getting live TV without an internet connection is especially tricky. The only way to do this is with a Roku TV, which has an ATSC tuner built in. This allows you to connect an antenna to receive over-the-air broadcasts. Keep in mind that the availability and quality of over-the-air broadcasts vary depending on your location and the strength of the signal. Let’s look closer at this option first.
How Roku TV With The ATSC Tuner Works
The Roku TV with the ATSC tuner allows you to watch free over-the-air channels without an internet connection. This feature is perfect for those who live in areas with good reception and want to enjoy their favorite local channels without paying for cable or satellite TV.
To use the ATSC tuner on your Roku TV, you need to connect an antenna to your TV and scan for available channels. You can do this by going to Settings > TV inputs > Antenna TV > Set up input. Follow the instructions on the TV screen to complete the setup. Once the scan is complete, you can access the channels by going to Home and selecting Antenna TV.
And keep in mind this is only supported on the Roku TV.
Channels that can be watched on Roku without internet
With the ATSC tuner on Roku TV, you can watch a variety of free over-the-air channels, including major broadcast networks like ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and PBS. You can also access local news, sports, and weather channels, as well as channels that air classic TV shows, movies, and music videos.
Some of the popular channels that can be watched on Roku without internet include Antenna TV, Comet TV, Court TV, MeTV, and This TV. You can also access channels that offer lifestyle and educational content, such as Create, PBS Kids, and QVC.
It’s important to note that the channels you can watch on Roku without internet may vary depending on your location and the strength of your antenna signal. You may need to adjust your antenna placement to get better reception and access to more channels.
Mirroring Content To The Roku
If you want to watch content on your Roku that isn’t available through streaming services, you can use screen-mirroring to display your phone or tablet’s screen on your TV.
This is a great option if you have downloaded movies or TV shows to your device that you want to watch on a larger screen. However, keep in mind that this feature requires a Wi-Fi connection, so if you’re here because your internet is out, skip this section.
How To Screen-Mirror To Your Roku (Android & iOS)
To screen-mirror to your Roku from an Android device, follow these steps:
- Connect your Android device to the same Wi-Fi network as your Roku.
- Swipe down from the top of your screen to open the notification shade and tap the “Cast” button.
- Select your Roku from the list of available devices and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the connection.
To screen-mirror to your Roku from an iOS device, follow these steps:
- Connect your iOS device to the same Wi-Fi network as your Roku.
- Swipe down on the screen to open the Control Center.
- Tap the “Airplay” button and select your Roku from the list of available devices.
Remember, screen-mirroring is only available on devices that support it, so be sure to check your device’s specifications before attempting to use this feature. Additionally, screen-mirroring can be affected by factors such as distance from the router and network congestion, so you may experience some lag or buffering when using this feature.
How To Watch Content From A USB Drive Or SD Card
One of the great features of the Roku Ultra (on Amazon) is its USB port, which allows you to play content from a USB drive or an SD card. This is especially useful if you have a collection of movies or TV shows that you want to watch without an internet connection.
To get started, simply plug in your USB drive or SD card into the Roku Ultra’s USB port or SD card slot. Then, navigate to the Roku Media Player app and select the USB drive or SD card as your source.
Once you’ve selected your source, you’ll be able to browse through your content and select what you want to watch. The Roku Media Player app supports a variety of file formats, including MKV, MP4, and MOV, so you should be able to play most of your content without any issues.
Using a USB drive or SD card to watch your own content on the Roku Ultra is a great way to enjoy your favorite movies and TV shows without an internet connection. Just remember to make sure your content is in a supported format and you should be good to go.
Stream On (Even Without WiFi)
In conclusion, while it is possible to use Roku without an internet connection, there are some limitations to what you can watch. Some channels, like Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube, require an active internet connection to stream content. However, there are still many channels that you can access without an internet connection, such as local channels and channels that you have downloaded and stored on your device.
If you are looking to use Roku without an internet connection, we recommend exploring the options of screen mirroring, internal storage, or external media to optimize your Roku device. And if you really need the life TV option, be sure to get a Roku TV with the tuner built in.