It’s one of the great annoyances of the streaming media age: figuring out which shows and movies are on which services. Searching Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and other sites individually takes up way too much time, especially when you just want to relax and watch something.
If you’ve got a Roku, however, you can search all these and other sites at once. Every late 2017 Roku save the Express comes with a Voice Search remote, including the Streaming Stick, the Streaming Stick+, and the Ultra. Before 2017 the Roku 3, Roku 4, and Roku Ultra all offered voice search on the remote.
Users of other Roku devices can use an Android or iOS device for voice searching thanks to a handy app. Both methods let you search for any show or movie, then quickly discover which streaming services offer what you’re looking for. And as of Roku OS 8, you can also use this feature to search for specific genres and actors, or even launch channels directly.
Voice Search With Your Roku Remote
If you own a compatible remote, there is a magnifying glass button below the down arrow. Hold this button down, then put the remote to your mouth like a microphone, and say what it is you want to watch. Your Roku will start a search, like this:
If you don’t have a microphone on your remote, there’s a “Search” option in your Roku’s main menu, but it requires typing using a clumsy on-screen keyboard. It’s honestly a lot easier to use your phone, so skip to the section below to learn how to do that.
Scroll through the results to find the show or movie you want to watch. If you’re looking for a show, you can browse individual seasons and see which services offer them.
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