Oct 1 2020
Just like everyone else, you have probably had your Roku for a long time now. If that is the case, then you will be growing in frustration towards this little device we’re sure. Why? Because they have taken ages to make their own official web browser. Yep, even though Amazon brought out their own brand one!
However, that has all changed! Roku owners, you are not going to want to miss this.
Does Roku Have a Web Browser?
In a word, yes! The brilliant minds over at Endangered Screens have given all Roku lovers the ability to surf the web straight from their device.
The thing to remember though is that it is not an “official” Roku browser. However, Web Browser X does work on both Roku TVs and Roku Players. You will have to pay a little subscription fee though. But don’t stress, it’s less than Netflix — $4.99 to be precise.
Moreover, the all-new Web Browser X is wonderfully easy to download. You just go to the Roku store, search for it, click “Add channel”, and you’re good to go.
We should mention here that it doesn’t really work too well if you have one of the older Roku players or TVs. You might have to think about upgrading before you download it, just to be on the safe side.
Aside from all of that, it is a fantastic option for getting all your web-based needs on your TV. For those of you who are just wanting to watch YouTube though, you will have a much better experience from using the official YouTube Roku Channel. Otherwise, it buffers too much for it to be entertaining!
Is There An Alternative Browser For Roku?
Okay, we’ll keep it real. There is another browser for Roku players and TVs if you decide you don’t like the Web Browser X version. Just bear in mind that this one is even more basic than the previous app.
So, you’re probably wondering what this cool alternative is called so we’ll put you out of your misery! It’s known as POPRISM Web Browser. And to tell you the truth, it really isn’t that great. (Sorry)
We found that it did not support modern web standards at all. What do we mean by this? Well, whenever you search for something, nothing except the text will render. It’s like trying to browse the web on a BlackBerry Curve 8300 (i.e. the first BlackBerry Curve).
As you can tell, it is seriously lacking when it comes to features. Hence why hardly anyone has heard of it!
We should mention here though that Roku was never intended to be a web-browsing device. So, whether you use POPRISM Web Browser or Web Browser X, you’re going to feel disappointed. However, you can have a decent (if very basic) experience when using the X version.
Of course, you can always download both of them to see which one you like better. Although we can almost guarantee that your favorite will be Web Browser X.