IF you run into a ‘No Sound‘ problem with the Roku, when it is HDMI attached, do not panic.
Known problem. Fairly easy to fix — but, yes, still kind of annoying. There is NO one time fix per se. You will have to always, or at least most of the time, go through the bypass problem.
It is not really a Roku problem!
It is an HDMI problem.
The same problem exists on other HDMI attached TV boxes, whether it be DISH, DirecTV or most IPTV boxes.
It has to do with the audio signals on the HDMI ‘ports’ getting their knickers in a twist when that HDMI port is selected. This, alas, happens when you switch from one HDMI port to another — in this case when you switch to the Roku HDMI port.
The fix is actually a work around.
Don’t switch directly from another HDMI port to the Roku port. First switch to a non-HDMI port. Wait for 3 seconds. One Mississippi. Two Mississippi. Three Mississippi.
Now switch to the Roku HDMI port. Bob will be your uncle.
On my 47″ Philips TV the Roku is on HDMI port 3. The DirecTV Genie box is on HDMI I and I have a DVD player on HDMI 2.
I no longer go straight from HDMI 1 (DirecTV) to HDMI 3 (Roku).
I first go to the ‘TV’ (RCA jack) port on my TV. Wait 3 seconds and switch to HDMI. Sound works first time.
I have known about this HDMI problem since 2011. Had it with DISH and then with DirecTV. See below.
Here is the funny thing. DirecTV denies that this is a problem. But I get around 20 hits a day, every day, on this post! See stats below. So, of course people are running into this problem with DirecTV. Cracks me up that DirecTV plays dumb. Hence this Roku ‘no sound’ post. Lets not beat around the bush. Lets just deal with.
Did you know that the Roku 4 is due to be available THIS month — i.e., March 2015? I just found out. I love my Roku 3. I love it so much that I am going to get a Roku 4 as soon as it is available! I want the latest and greatest. It will probably still have the ‘no sound’ problem because it is really an HDMI issue — though they could fix it with some software. If the Roku 3 is good the Roku 4 has to be better. The Roku 3 will not go a waste. I will use it on another TV.
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