How to start streaming on Twitch, the biggest livestreaming platform on the internet

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  • You can stream on Twitch from your Mac or PC by downloading a streaming app like Twitch Studio.
  • The Twitch mobile app has streaming built into it, so you just have to tap an icon.
  • As you stream on Twitch, you’ll be able to see new chat messages in real time.
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With millions of daily viewers and thousands of streams running at once, Twitch is one of the biggest streaming services around. But that content doesn’t come out of thin air – it’s almost all broadcasted by regular users.

Streaming on Twitch used to require complicated software and hardware setups. But now you can start streaming on Twitch with just a single download. Or if you’re using the mobile app, just a few taps.

Here’s how to stream on Twitch from your Mac, PC, iPhone, or Android.

How to stream on Twitch from a Mac or PC

Before you can start streaming from your desktop or laptop computer, you’ll need to download a streaming app. Twitch supports almost a dozen different apps, but the easiest of these to use is Twitch Studio.

Twitch Studio is Twitch’s first-party streaming app, and is specifically designed for streaming beginners. It’s still in beta, but features everything you’ll need to get started. Once you’ve got a handle on it, feel free to upgrade to more advanced streaming apps like Streamlabs OBS.

1. Head to the Twitch Studio website and click the white Download Now button to save the download file, then open the file and install it onto your computer.

The Twitch Studio website, with the Download Now button highlighted.
Download Twitch Studio onto your Mac or PC.

2. Once Twitch Studio opens, log into your Twitch account and authorize the app to connect to your account.

3. On the Welcome to Twitch Studio screen, the app will ask whether you want a setup tutorial. Click Get Started.

The intro screen to Twitch Studio, which asks if you'd like to see a "Get Started" tutorial. The Get Started option is highlighted.
Select the “Get Started” tutorial option.

4. Set up your microphone and webcam. These are optional of course – you don’t need either to stream on Twitch – but most streamers have at least a microphone. Twitch Studio will default to whatever your computer’s default devices are, but if you have multiple devices connected, you can change between them.

The Twitch Studio tutorial screen that lets you set up a microphone. A pair of AirPods Pro are selected.
Twitch Studio would use your computer’s default microphone and webcam.

5. On the Scenes page, you’ll be given three default scenes that most streamers use. Scenes are preset layouts for your stream – for example, you can have one scene that has the game you’re playing in the middle of the screen with your webcam on the side, and another that centers your webcam and minimizes the game.

6. The Stream Quality Settings page will analyze your hardware and internet connection to pick the best video quality and framerate for the stream. You can rerun the test, click Tweak Settings to pick your options manually, or click Continue to App to finish.

You’ll now be brought to the streaming home page. This is the page you’ll see whenever you open the app from now on, and is where you’ll control your stream settings and eventually go live.

The Twitch Studio home page, featuring a stream preview, chat box, and more.
The Twitch Studio homepage features a stream preview, chat box, and more.

You’ve got a variety of options to configure. Here are the most important ones.

Main Screen Share, or picking what to stream

In the top-left corner you’ll find the Main Screen Share option. This is where you’ll choose what you want to stream, whether it be a game, your internet browser, or your entire screen.

Click the option to open a pop-up menu. You’ve got three main options:

  • Automatic will capture any application that’s being run in fullscreen mode. Otherwise, it’ll broadcast a black screen.
  • Window lets you pick a specific app to stream. It’ll stream everything that happens in that app, even if you’re not focused on it.
  • Display will broadcast everything on your monitor.

You’ll usually want to be using Window or Display. Those are the options that give you the most control over what’s on your stream.

A Twitch Studio menu that lets you pick what you want to stream.
You can stream nearly any app.

Scenes

You’ve got three default scenes to start: Gameplay, which focuses on the app you’re streaming; Be Right Back, which puts a message on screen saying that you’re taking a break; and Chatting, which puts your webcam in the center of your screen. Just click one in the list to switch to it.

You can also click Add Scene and then Blank Scene to create a new one. Once you’ve added a Blank Scene, click Edit next to it.

The Scenes menu in Twitch Studio. The "Edit" option next to a blank scene is highlighted.
Create a new scene and then click “Edit.”

In the scene editor, click Add Layer. This will open a menu where you can add a variety of features to the scene, including a countdown timer, text, pictures from your computer, and more. Once you’ve selected a feature to add, use the options on the right to customize it.

The Scenes editing menu in Twitch Studio.
Edit your scene, and then add the features – or “layers” – you want on it.

When you’re done, click Save at the bottom of the screen.

Starting the stream

When you’re ready to go live, click Start Stream at the bottom of the screen.

In the window that opens:

  • Pick what you want to stream and which scene you want to start with.
  • Under Stream Info, click the pencil icon to write your stream’s title, pick its Category (what it is that you’re actually streaming), add tags, and pick the language.
  • Under Go Live Notification, click the pencil to edit your stream notification. This is the message that will be sent out to all your followers when you start streaming.

Once everything is ready, click Go Live. You’ll start broadcasting immediately.

The "Ready to Go Live" screen in Twitch Studio, which lets you preview your stream, pick its category, and more.
This screen lets you preview your stream, pick its category, and more.

When it comes time to end the stream, open Twitch Studio again and click End Stream.

Your settings

Finally, you can click the gear icon in the bottom-right corner of Twitch Studio to edit your stream settings. These include configuring hotkeys, changing your quality options, designing scene transitions, and more.

You’ll find more options – including account options – on Twitch’s actual website.

How to stream on Twitch from the mobile app

Streaming from Twitch’s mobile app is much different than streaming from a computer. It doesn’t take any extra downloads, but you won’t have as many features to control.

1. If you haven’t already, download the Twitch mobile app (available on both iPhone and Android) and log into it.

2. On any page, tap the camera icon at the top of the screen.

The Twitch mobile app home page, with the streaming icon at the top highlighted.
Tap the streaming icon at the top of the app.

3. You’ll have two options here: Stream Games and Stream IRL. Pick the first if you want to broadcast your phone’s screen, or the second if you want to stream your phone’s camera.

The "Go Live" page in the Twitch mobile app, which gives two options for streaming.
Choose how you want to stream from your phone.

4. Give Twitch permission to access your phone’s camera and microphone – if you’re trying to stream your screen on Android, you’ll also need to enable “Overlays” – and agree to the mobile streaming rules.

5. If you picked Stream IRL, choose your stream name and category, then tap Start Stream. You’ll start streaming your phone’s camera immediately.

A page in the Twitch mobile app that lets you stream from your phone's camera, as well as give the stream a title and category.
Set a title and category, then go live.

6. If you picked Stream Games, pick which game you’re playing and review the Streaming Tips page, then click Next.

7. Pick your stream title, tags, language, and Go Live Notification, and then also pick your stream’s microphone and device volume.

8. Once you’re ready:

  • On an iPhone, tap the purple recording button at the bottom of the screen.
  • On an Android, tap Open Stream Controls, then tap the Twitch logo in the top-left corner. Once you’ve opened your stream controls, tap the white button at the bottom of the screen.
The "Stream Info" page you see in the Twitch mobile app before you can live, and the controls overlay you'll use on an Android device.
On an Android device, you’ll need to use the Twitch overlay to go live.

9. Confirm that you want to start broadcasting.

10. You’ll start streaming. You can now close Twitch and open the app you chose as your category.

When it’s time to end the stream, return to the Twitch app and tap the recording button again.

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What is Roku? How Roku’s streaming devices work

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Roku devices are a versatile option for streaming.

  • Roku is a brand of digital media streaming devices that offer content from a variety of services and providers through downloadable channels.
  • Roku players connect to your TV or operate as proprietary software within a smart TV using a wired or wireless internet connection.
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The rise of streaming platforms has made accessing your favorite shows and movies almost effortless, allowing many people to ditch their cable subscription to view a vast library of online content through applications.

Roku, which surpassed 100 million users in the US in 2020, has steadily become one of the most popular streaming options for cord cutters.

What is Roku?

Roku is a brand of digital media streaming devices produced by the company Roku Inc. Roku devices connect to your TV or exist as software within a smart TV, and enable you to watch TV shows, news, movies, and other content over the internet through downloadable channels.

Roku’s name derives from the Japanese word for “six,” since it’s the sixth company launched by its founder Anthony Wood. In 2008, the Roku DVP N1000 was the first product the company launched, and Roku has been improving and iterating on its devices since then.

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Roku founder Anthony Wood with several varieties of Roku devices.

Roku functions through its proprietary operating system and on hardware that comes in several variations. The most recognizable options come in the form of a streaming stick or rounded-square box. Roku also has a line of smart TVs, or Roku TVs, with a built-in operating system. The price range for Roku devices starts with the Roku Express at $29.99 and extends to Roku TV models north of $200.

Some popular options of Roku devices include:

If you want a more immersive experience, Roku offers additional products to heighten the audio quality of your TV. Devices like the Roku Streambar connect directly to your TV and serve as both a streaming device and soundbar. There’s also the option of adding a Roku Wireless Subwoofer to add deeper bass or the Roku Wireless Speakers for more immersive sound.

How Roku devices work

The design of Roku products is meant to be simplistic, with a single-connection setup that allows for immediate use. After setup, you’re able to download, install, purchase or subscribe to streaming channels and remove them later at your discretion, as we detail in the sections below.

Whether you have a Roku-enabled soundbar or a Roku player, the functionality of Roku devices is similar. All Roku devices require an internet connection for use. This can be through the use of an Ethernet cord or a Wi-Fi connection.

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Each Roku box contains an HDMI cable, a power adapter, MicroUSB cable, and a Roku remote. You can insert a Roku Streaming Stick directly into your TV’s USB port. For other Roku devices, you’ll attach the HDMI cable, plug in the power adapter, and utilize the Roku remote to connect to a wireless or wired connection to your home network to complete the setup.

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The Roku Streaming Stick is an inexpensive and portable option.

What you can watch with Roku

After initial setup, Roku gives you the opportunity to install a wide variety of applications for streaming content. Among its thousands of channels, Roku gives you access to live local networks like ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC. All major streaming services have apps on Roku, including Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus, and HBO Max. Alongside video apps like YouTube and Vimeo, Roku allows you to download music streaming platforms like Spotify or Pandora.

Adding channels on Roku is a straightforward process. Access the Home Menu and scroll down until you reach Streaming Channels, then click OK. You’ll be taken to the Roku Channel Store where a majority of the apps are free to download. You can manually search through apps using the Roku remote or voice commands. This feature allows you to search without closing the current app you may be watching.

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Roku is also available as an app for smartphone users. Its software allows you to view Roku’s programming at home and on the go. Not only can you watch content from your mobile device, but it can also function as a remote for your Roku player. The integration between your Roku hardware and the mobile software gives you the power to launch, add, and remove channels. Since it’s connected to your phone, you can also cast photos and videos to your TV or mirror your phone screen.

Roku’s latest models support Apple’s AirPlay, a feature that is integrated across MacOS, iPadOS, and iOS devices and allows for seamless casting and screen mirroring.

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How to generate a Spotify ‘Pet Playlist’ with music that both you and your pet will love

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Spotify’s Pet Playlists aren’t just for you – they’re for your pets, too.

  • Spotify’s Pet Playlist feature creates a playlist of music that you’ll like, based on your pet’s personality.
  • You’ll need to tell Spotify what kind of pet you have; you can pick a dog, cat, iguana, hamster, or bird.
  • Spotify says they consulted with a musicologist to pick songs that your specific pet is likely to enjoy.
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Every year, Spotify releases a few special playlists that auto-generate based on your tastes. They’re fun extras that let you share your unique tastes with friends and even discover new tracks.

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One of the most popular of these playlists is the Pet Playlist. Based on musicology research and a pet-focused survey that Spotify conducted, the Pet Playlist generates a list of songs that you’ll enjoy, and your pet might too. The playlist’s songs are picked according to what kind of pet you have and their personality.

Here’s how to make a Spotify Pet Playlist, and get jamming with your small friends.

How to make a Spotify Pet Playlist

You can do this on your computer or phone, but it doesn’t use the actual Spotify app.

1. In an internet browser, head to Spotify’s Pet Playlist homepage and click Let’s Go. If you haven’t already, you’ll be asked to log into your Spotify account.

2. Pick what kind of pet you have, and then click Next. You can choose a dog, cat, iguana, hamster, or bird.

Spotify's Pet Playlist page, featuring cartoon versions of a dog, cat, hamster, bird, and iguana.
There are five options to choose from here.

3. Use the sliders to describe your pet’s personality. You’ll have to pick between Relaxed or Energetic, Shy or Friendly, and Apathetic or Curious.

A cartoon cat dances on top of a slider that goes from "Relaxed" to "Energetic."
Use the sliders to describe your pet’s personality.

6. Finally, type in your pet’s name and – if you like – upload a picture of them.

7. Spotify will take a moment to generate your playlist. Once it’s done, click Listen Now to start playing it. You can also click the Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram icons to share a preview of your playlist on social media.

A Spotify Pet Playlist preview, with various bands listed on it.
You’ll be given a preview of your Pet Playlist, listing the first few artists featured on it.

Once you click Listen Now, the playlist will be saved to your Spotify Library so you can easily find it again.

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How to change your Netflix password, even if you don’t know your current one

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It’s easy to change your Netflix password.

  • You can change your Netflix password using the website or mobile app.
  • If you don’t remember your Netflix password, click or tap “Forgot password?” to reset it.
  • Like all passwords, it’s a good idea to make your Netflix password unique and complex.
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Your Netflix password is an important tool for protecting your account. It keeps strangers from using your account, obviously, but it also helps safeguard your payment information.

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Experts agree that keeping a different password for every site you use – and making sure that password is complex – is the best way to keep your information secure.

With that in mind, here’s how to change your Netflix password, even if you don’t remember it.

How to change your Netflix password

The steps to change your Netflix password are the same on both computers and phones.

1. Head to https://www.netflix.com/YourAccount and log into your account, if you haven’t already.

2. In the Membership and Billing section, click Change password.

A Netflix account's options page, with the "Change password" option highlighted.
Select the “Change password” option.

3. On the Change Password page, enter your existing password and then the new one you want to change it to. There are no requirements for what your password has to contain – it just needs to be between six and 60 characters long.

4. Confirm the new password, and when you’re done, click “Save.”

Netflix's "Change Password" page.
You can choose to log out of every Netflix session when you change your password.

How to change your Netflix password if you’ve forgotten it

If you want to change your password, you usually need to enter your current password to prove you really own the account. But if you’ve lost or forgotten your password, there’s a workaround.

If you’re currently logged into your account, follow the steps above to reach the Change Password page. Once there, click Forgot password? If you’ve been logged out of your account and can’t remember the password, head to the login page and click or tap Need help?

You’ll be given the option to reset your password via email or text message – you’ll be sent a link where you can make a new password.

Netflix's page for recovering your password when you don't remember it.
There are two basic ways to recover your Netflix password if you’ve forgotten it.

If you don’t remember which email address or phone number you connected to your Netflix account, you can enter the first and last name associated with the account, as well as the card number you use to pay for it.

Dave Johnson contributed to a previous version of this article.

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How to find and use Spotify’s new Only You feature to get a musical astrology reading and see your unique tastes

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Spotify Only You gives you an astrological reading and more.

  • Spotify’s new “Only You” feature shows how unique your listening tastes are, and gives you a musical astrology reading.
  • Only You compares your favorite artists and genres, and shows you which combinations stand out the most from Spotify’s user base.
  • You can find Only You in Spotify’s iPhone and Android apps, along with a hub of unique playlists.
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At the end of each year, Spotify releases a personalized playlist called “Spotify Wrapped” that shows you what your favorite songs of the year were. It’s always a fun way to see how your tastes changed, and rediscover songs you might have forgotten.

Every so often, Spotify will come out with a similar personalized feature – this time, they’ve unveiled the “Only You” page.

Only You compares all the songs and artists you have saved, and notes which ones are the most different from one another, and which combinations set you apart from other users. Spotify claims they’ve done this by analyzing every user’s music tastes, and picking out the songs or artists that you listen to together, but no one else does. For example, if you listen to both heavy metal and classical baroque pieces, that might show up.

You’ll also get a faux-astrology reading, and a page where you can find special playlists made just for you.

Here’s how to find and share your personalized Only You list.

How to find and use Spotify’s Only You feature

You can find Only You in either of Spotify’s smartphone apps for iPhone and Android. Before anything, make sure that the app is fully updated.

1. Open the Spotify app and log into your account if you haven’t already.

2. If you haven’t seen Only You before, it might pop up automatically, or on your Home tab. Otherwise, tap Search at the bottom of the screen.

3. Underneath the search bar, you should see a pop-up labeled Find out how you listen. Tap this.

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Tap this picture to start the Only You slideshow.

4. Your Only You list will start playing. Either wait for each page to pass, or tap the right side of the screen to progress.

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Each page will take about ten to twenty seconds to play.

5. On the seventh page, you’ll be asked to plan your “Dream Dinner Party” – you can select three artists you like, and Spotify will make you playlists of their most popular songs, and songs by artists like them. Tap Add Mixes to Your Library to save the playlists.

6. When you’re done, you’ll be shown every page in the Only You slideshow. Tap Share under any page, and you can send it to a friend or another app.

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You can share your Only You pages using any social media or messaging app.

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How to use Google Chromecast with your iPhone to stream videos, music, and more to a TV

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Your Chromecast is designed to connect to lots of devices, including iPhones.

  • You can connect a Chromecast to your iPhone using the Google Home app.
  • Once you’ve linked your streaming accounts to the Google Home app, you can control your Chromecast with your iPhone.
  • To connect your iPhone to the Chromecast, they’ll both need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
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Since its debut in 2013, Google has positioned its Chromecast as one of the most affordable and dynamic streaming devices on the market. Compatible with all sorts of devices, the Chromecast lets you stream movies, music, websites, and more on your TV.

If you’re looking to stream to a Chromecast from your iPhone, here’s how to set up and watch almost any content from your paired Apple and Google devices.

How to stream to Chromecast from an iPhone

The Google Home app for iPhone lets you link Netflix, Amazon Prime, Youtube, HBO, and other popular streaming services and stream them using the Chromecast that’s plugged into your TV. Just make sure that every device is connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

1. With your Google Home app open on your iPhone, tap the Media icon.

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Click the media button to start casting.

2. Under the “Manage Your System” section, select whether you want to access available Music, Video, Podcast, or Radio services.

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Select which media type you want to cast to your Chromecast.

3. In the list of available apps, tap “Link” under the service you want to add to your iPhone’s Google Home app.

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Click “Link” under the streaming app you want to cast to your Chromecast.

4. In the confirmation box, tap “Link Account” to be brought to the service’s sign in page where you can enter your account username and password.

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Click “Link Account” to link your streaming app with your Google Home app.

5. Once logged in, closeout of Google Home and tap the icon for the streaming service you just linked.

6. Select the media you want to play on your TV through your Chromecast device.

7. On your iPhone’s screen, locate the Google Chromecast “casting” icon, which may be located in various places depending on the app.

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Tap the cast button in your streaming app.

8. Select the name of your Chromecast from the list of available Chromecast devices and begin watching.

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Select the Chromecast device from the app list.

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How much is Netflix? A breakdown of the monthly prices and offerings for every subscription plan

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How much Netflix costs will depend on which plan you choose.

  • A Netflix monthly subscription costs $8.99 for the Basic plan, $13.99 for Standard, and $17.99 for Premium.
  • The Standard DVD and Blu-ray plan starts at $7.99 monthly, and the Premier plan starts at $11.99.
  • Depending on the Netflix plan you choose, you’ll have access to Ultra HD video, and the ability to stream on multiple screens at once.
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With a vast library of TV shows, movies, and original programming, most people would agree that Netflix is an essential part of the entertainment landscape.

Like its competitors, Netflix offers a variety of subscription tiers, which differ in price and features. In the US, Netflix even still offers the ability to order DVD and Blu-ray discs in the mail.

Here’s a guide to what Netflix charges for each of its plans.

How much Netflix costs per month

Netflix offers three streaming plans: Basic, Standard, and Premium, starting at $9 per month and ending at $18 per month. Here’s what you get with each plan, and how much each one costs.

Subscription plan Monthly price Streaming quality Simultaneous streams Access to content
Basic $8.99 Standard Definition (not HD) One Every Netflix title
Standard $13.99 High Definition (HD) Two Every Netflix title
Premium $17.99 HD and 4K Ultra HD Four Every Netflix title

Additionally, each Netflix plan lets you download movies and shows onto your device to watch when you don’t have internet. The Basic plan lets you download onto one device at once, the Standard plan allows you two devices, and the Premium plan gives you four.

How much Netflix’s DVD and Blu-ray plans cost per month

In the US, Netflix continues to offer discs by mail at dvd.netflix.com.

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With both pricing plans, Netflix sends you discs that you can keep for as long as you want. As soon as you return that disc, Netflix immediately sends you the next disc listed in your queue. There’s no limit to how many discs you can watch over time, though – the only limitation is how quickly you can watch and return discs.

You can order a massive variety of shows and movies by disc, even including some that streaming Netflix doesn’t have.

Here are the pricing plans. Note that they’ll differ depending on whether you want just DVDs, or both DVDs and Blu-rays.

Subscription plan Monthly price How many discs you can have at once How many discs can you rent per month Late fees
Standard $7.99 for DVDs, $9.99 for DVDs and Blu-rays One disc Unlimited None
Premier $11.99 for DVDs, $14.99 for DVDs and Blu-rays Two discs Unlimited None

Once you order a DVD from dvd.netflix.com, it’ll arrive in about one to three business days. When you’re done with it, just place it back in the red envelope provided and put it in the mail.

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How to reset your Roku streaming device if it’s not functioning properly

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There’s several ways to restart or reset a Roku device that’s acting up.

  • You can reset your Roku streaming device with a simple restart or a more permanent factory reset.
  • To restart a Roku, go to the Settings menu, unplug the power cord, or use your remote.
  • To factory reset a Roku, you can use Settings or find the reset button on the back of your device.
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If your Roku streaming device is experiencing glitches or not performing the way it’s supposed to, you can reset it in a few different ways.

First, you should try restarting your Roku, as this soft reset does not erase any of your settings or log you out of your channels. In many cases, this will fix channels or apps that are repeatedly freezing or crashing.

Then, if the problem persists, you can perform a factory reset, which is a more holistic solution that restores your device to its original settings.

Here’s how to restart your Roku, or perform a factory reset.

How to restart a Roku device

You can restart your Roku from the Settings menu, or do a forced reboot by pressing a series of buttons on your Roku remote or unplugging the Roku power cord.

To restart your Roku from Settings:

1. From the “Home” menu, scroll down to the “Settings” menu.

2. Select the “Settings” menu by pressing “OK” on the remote.

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Select “Settings.”

3. Scroll down to select the “System” option. Press “OK” on your remote to open the menu.

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Select “System” at the bottom of the list.

4. Scroll down to the “System restart” option and press “OK” on your remote.

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Select “System restart.”

5. Select “Restart.” Your device will shut off, then turn on again. You will see the bouncing Roku logo while the device is booting up.

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Choose “Restart” and your device should begin shutting down.

To reboot your Roku if it’s frozen:

If your Roku encounters a more serious glitch, it may freeze and block you from navigating the menus. In that case, you’ll need to press a series of buttons on your remote control to trigger a reboot.

1. Press the “Home” button five times.

2. Press the “Up” arrow once.

3. Press the “Rewind” button twice.

4. Press the “Fast Forward” button two times.

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These are all the buttons you’ll need to press on your remote.

5. After pressing the buttons in this order, your Roku will eventually turn off. After a few seconds, you should see the bouncing Roku logo, and your home screen will return soon after.

If you find you need to restart your device often for it to function properly, you could be experiencing issues with one of your installed channel apps, or the device itself. You can try deleting and re-installing any newly installed channel apps. Contact Roku support if you continually experience issues with your device.

How to factory reset a Roku device

When you factory reset your Roku, it will be set back to its original state. There are two methods to reset your Roku: selecting the reset option in the Settings menu, or pressing the reset button on the back of the device.

To factory reset your Roku from Settings:

1. Use the “Home” button on your Roku remote to jump to the home screen.

2. Navigate to the Settings menu by scrolling up or down until you find it.

3. Press “Ok” on your Roku remote to select “Settings.”

4. Choose “System” from the available menu items.

5. Choose “Advanced system settings.”

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Scroll to and select “Advanced system settings.”

6. Select “Factory reset” from the available menu items.

7. When prompted, choose “Factory reset everything” and follow the reset wizard’s on-screen instructions.

To factory reset your Roku with the hardware reset button or pinhole reset:

Every Roku device comes with a hardware reset option. Newer devices will have a hardware reset button, while older devices will have a pinhole for resetting.

1. Locate the reset option on the outside of your Roku device. It will either be a tactile button or a pinhole button.

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Find the reset button on your Roku.

2. Press and hold the button for 10-20 seconds. If your device has a pinhole reset, you’ll need to use an object like a paperclip or bobby pin to press and hold the button.

3. Most Roku devices have an indicator light that will blink rapidly once the reset is complete.

What happens after you reset a Roku

After your device has been reset, it should boot up to the home screen. If you’re not selling the device or returning it, but instead looking to use the device again, you’ll need to reconnect to your home network.

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Log back onto your “Network” in Settings.

Once you’re connected, log in to your Roku account on your computer or from your mobile device to relink it to your account. Your Roku channels will begin downloading after the device has been added to your Roku account. You’ll need to log in to all your channel apps again.

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How much is Amazon Prime? A breakdown of Amazon’s membership plans and whether Prime is worth it

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It’s likely worth it to purchase Amazon Prime if you shop online frequently.

  • A standard Amazon Prime membership costs $119 per year and $12.99 per month.
  • Amazon Prime also offers price discounts for students and EBT or Medicaid holders.
  • Prime is worth the cost if you often shop online because of quicker delivery and free shipping.
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Amazon Prime is Amazon’s membership program, which allows users to access things like free two-day (or even two-hour) shipping on eligible items. If you haven’t hopped on the bandwagon yet, there’s a lot to consider.

One major factor that will impact your decision is how much Amazon Prime costs. The price of an Amazon Prime membership changes occasionally, and there are a few different options, so it’s good to stay updated on how much Amazon Prime is.

Here’s a breakdown of what it costs to get a Prime membership, what each membership covers, and other costs to consider before making your decision.

10 perks of an Amazon Prime membership

When you pay for Amazon Prime, you’ll be able to access the following benefits:

  • Free two-day delivery on Prime-eligible items (and yes, there are many of those – more than 100 million items, according to Amazon).
  • Free one-day and same-day shipping on select items (in millions), and free “ultra-fast” two-hour grocery delivery.
  • Amazon Day,” which lets you make orders and then specify the day everything you’ve ordered that week will be delivered.
  • Free release-date delivery on select items, like video games and music.
  • Discounted, expedited delivery.
  • Amazon Prime Day” deals.
  • Free streaming of Prime-eligible (as well as Amazon original) movies, TV shows, and Audible Channels.
  • Free streaming of more than two million ad-free songs in Amazon Music Prime, in addition to thousands of stations and offline listening.
  • Free games every month, including in-game content and a free monthly Twitch channel subscription.
  • Prime Reading, which provides you with access to over a thousand eBooks, magazines, comics, and more – across any device.

Is Amazon Prime worth it?

Overall, if you’re the type of person who frequently shops online and can afford the annual membership, the Prime membership may be a good way to save money.

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The convenience factor is also quite high, since delivery can be as quick as two hours from ordering. And, assuming you take advantage of the various perks, it makes for a solid service. If you aren’t planning to spend more than the membership cost on deliveries in the next year, however, it probably doesn’t make sense to spring for the annual membership.

A monthly membership (or the free 30-day trial) might be a good option, if, for example, you knew you were going to be making a lot of orders in the next few weeks.

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How to delete your Spotify account and permanently erase your saved music

  • To delete your Spotify account, you’ll need to use the Spotify website in an internet browser.
  • You can’t delete your Spotify account from the mobile app.
  • You also can’t delete your Spotify account if you have a subscription – you’ll need to cancel it first.
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If you find you are no longer using Spotify, you can delete your account. However, you can only delete your Spotify account on the Spotify website through an internet browser – not on the mobile app.

Before closing your account, make sure you’re aware of the repercussions. You can also cancel your subscription without deleting your account altogether, and only use the free version of Spotify.

If you do close your account, you won’t be able to use your current username with Spotify again; you can, however, create a new account with the same email address. Additionally, you won’t have access to your playlists and followers anymore and you’ll lose all the music you’ve saved to your library.

Here’s how to close your Spotify account and erase your saved music.

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