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Roku TV - Blinking LED only when using Plex App

Lane03Lane03 Members Posts: 61 ✭✭
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On all of my Roku TV's the LED light on the TV blinks about once every 15 seconds when streaming a movie using Plex - which is quite distracting. This does not happen when streaming a movie on Emby, Netflix, when the TV is on the home screen, or when using HDMI inputs. Can we be given an option to disable this?

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  • JuiceWSAJuiceWSA Members Posts: 5,138 ✭✭✭✭✭

    My Roku 3's light blinks when there's no internet connection or it can't phone home. I don't know if this will go anywhere, but it could be some issue with the level of security keeping the thing from being in contact with the Plex Mother Ship - or something.

    A blinking light is usually the warning klaxon that something has gone haywire. Fix whatever that is and the light will probably quiet down.

  • Elijah_BaleyElijah_Baley Members, Plex Pass Posts: 3,850 Plex Pass

    @Lane03 said:
    On all of my Roku TV's the LED light on the TV blinks about once every 15 seconds when streaming a movie using Plex - which is quite distracting. This does not happen when streaming a movie on Emby, Netflix, when the TV is on the home screen, or when using HDMI inputs. Can we be given an option to disable this?

    Since I do not have Roku TVs, rather I have regular Rokus, I cannot verify the problem but I can say that regular Rokus do not have that problem.

    But there is a fix or at least a workaround: Whenever I have an led whose light detracts from my watching comfort I cover it with a small unobtrusive piece of black electrical tape. The only caveat is that I have to be careful not to cover any ir sensors as doing so results in poor or no operation. But, usually, manufactures do not place sensors particularly close to emitters as that can cause problems that are easily avoided by proper placement.

    The other thing that tape causes is that the led is no longer visible or at least it is extremely dim. But that is, for me, no real problem as most of the time I find that led indicators are simply redundant at best.

  • Lane03Lane03 Members Posts: 61 ✭✭
    edited May 8

    Thanks for the replies, but electrical tape is a crude workaround and not a fix - plus it wouldn't be easy to apply on the TV's with how they have the led light integrated in the bezel. There isn't anything wrong connectivity wise. My house has multiple cat5e drops in every room (All Roku TV's are hardwired) and I would know if the WAN connection went down as that is also constantly monitored with a redundant ISP for backup. Logs show no network issues at all and the blinking light only happens when streaming using the Plex app. I can make the blinking stop immediately by exiting Plex and streaming the same movie on Emby or watching a movie on Netflix.

  • Lane03Lane03 Members Posts: 61 ✭✭

    Can anyone from Plex comment if this is intended behavior, and if so can we be given the option to disable it? This occurs on all my RokuTV's (different brands) all on 7.6.0. I'm guessing it's blinking to show its buffering data but its very distracting. Again, other apps do not have this issue (Netflix, HBO, Emby, etc).

  • blais.nick@gmail.comblais.nick@gmail.com Members Posts: 1

    I have the same issue, also on 7.6.0. The light doesn't blink when using Netflix, NHL Gamecenter or MLB.tv. It is very distracting, anyone have any ideas?

  • Lane03Lane03 Members Posts: 61 ✭✭

    Since Plex doesn't even want to reply to the thread, I'm assuming they aren't planning to fix this issue with RokuTV's. I've since switched over to Emby and am blink free.

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