How to Use Roku on Multiple Screens

I have one Roku box, and family members in different rooms who like to enjoy the same movie at the same time. How can I use one Roku box with different screens? Can you split the video and send it to 2 different TVs? Here are a couple of solutions you can use in your home or office to play the same Roku video on multiple TVs.


Solution 1 – Wired Connection

To use the Roku on two screens, you can use an HDMI splitter that will send the signal from the Roku to two different televisions. Simply connect the Roku to the splitter using an HDMI cable, then connect two HDMI cables between the other end of the splitter, and two televisions.

U9 Splitter
An HDMI splitter is an ideal solution for playing Roku content on two television sets.

This solution will be the most reliable, but you’ll have the pain of long HDMI cables running through your home. You could get an electrician to wire things behind the walls if you like though.

HDMI cables are available with a length of up to 200 feet.

Roku HDMI Split Diagram

If you need to mirror your Roku to more than two televisions, splitters are available that have almost any number of HDMI ports. Some splitters allow a connection to be mirrored on 16 screens.


Solution 2 – Wireless Connection

In the 80s and 90s, there was a device called a Rabbit which would wirelessly transmit a TV signal to multiple TVs. These days, they have similar devices for modern televisions called HDMI extenders that will work the same way as a Rabbit with a Roku device. As long as both televisions are within 100ft, and the wall between the transmitter and receiver aren’t too thick, an HDMI extender solution will likely work well for your needs.

For best results, I recommend an HDMI extender model that operates on theĀ 5Ghz band. This will avoid the pitfalls of interference from other electronics like baby monitors, cameras, and wireless networks.

Roku HDMI Wireless Split Diagram


Hopefully, one of these solutions works for you. If you have questions about using Roku on multiple screens, or want to share your own experience with one of these setups, please share them in the comments section.

18 thoughts on “How to Use Roku on Multiple Screens”

  1. For both the splitter HDMI cable option and the wireless option, can we watch different programs at the same time? Or is it only a mirror display of same programming? Thank you.

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    • Yes you can use two Roku devices on different TVs to watch different channels. You can even use them both in the same room. The remote controls will not interfere with the other device.

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    • Good question. The Roku can only play in a single resolution at a time. So if you can find a resolution that looks decent on both displays, then no, they don’t have to be the same size. Everything may look bigger or smaller depending on the resolution.

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  2. I have a TV with ruko built in can i use that tv to stream into another TV. Using a HDMI Spliter and Cable?
    Thanks, looking forward to your reply.
    Kimberly S

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  3. I have a smart tv (#1) connected by cable thru a cable tv receiver box. This #1 tv works with two separate smart tv’s (#2 and #3) thru ROCU connections. Everything worked fine for a year, including xfinity streaming from all three tv’s. No difference in reception. Then, the primary (#1) lost the xfinitiy streaming function, but reception to #2 and #3 was unchanged. #1 maintains every function except xfinity streaming. I’ve tried to reset the streaming without success.
    So, what happened to cause this? And how can I fix it?

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  4. I have two tablets that have HDMI for the backseats of the van. They connect with our hotspot but can’t screen share (don’t ask). Can I do a Roku in one and an extender for the other one to screen share?

    If so, can you send me a link to where I find the extender?

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