Getting started: Hoopla on a TV

Step-by-step instructions (Print)

Create your Hoopla account

In a browser, go to hoopladigital.com and click Get Started Today. Follow the steps to set up your account:

  1. Enter your email address and a password
  2. Find and select Jefferson County Public Library
  3. Enter your library card number
Amazon Fire TV
  1. After you create your Hoopla account, go to the Fire TV app store on Amazon and search for "hoopla." Select the Fire TV device on which you’d like to install the app and click "deliver."
  2. In a few moments, you should see the Hoopla app. It might be at the very end of the "Your Apps and Games" section. Once you find the app, you can press the option button to choose to move it higher on the list.
  3. Open the Hoopla app and sign in with your account.
  4. At the top of the next screen a 4-digit code is displayed. Using a mobile or desktop browser on another device, visit hoopladigital.com/link and enter the code.
  5. Browse and borrow movie and TV titles from the Hoopla library and enjoy!

Fire TV Notes:

  • Currently, 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation devices are currently supported. Fire TV Cube is not currently supported.
  • Only video works on Fire TV at the present. Support for audiobooks and music is coming soon.
  • Turn on closed captions by pressing the up navigation on your remote to make the progress bar appear. Press up again to highlight the pause and CC buttons. Press left or right to highlight CC and press the select button. CC will have a blue tint when it is on.
  • Turn on Kids Mode by using your remote to navigate to the blue side menu, then Settings, then Kids Mode, then Turn On. Kids Mode filters content for ages 13 and under.
Android TV
  1. After you create your Hoopla account, search the Play store on your Android TV for the Hoopla app, and install it.
  2. Open the Hoopla app and sign in with your account.
  3. At the top of the next screen a 4-digit code is displayed. Using a mobile or desktop browser on another device, visit hoopladigital.com/link and enter the code.
  4. Browse and borrow movie and TV titles from the Hoopla library and enjoy!

Android TV Notes:

  • Only video works on Android TV at the present. Support for audiobooks and music is coming soon.
  • Turn on closed captions by pressing the up navigation on your remote to make the progress bar appear. Select CC and press the select button. CC will have a blue tint when it is on.
  • Turn on Kids Mode by using your remote to navigate to the the blue side menu, then Settings, then Kids Mode, and Turn On. Kids Mode filters content for ages 13 and under.
Apple TV
  1. After you create your Hoopla account, search for the "hoopla" app in the Apple TV app store, and install it.
  2. The app opens on a welcome screen. Click to open the next page and sign in.
  3. At the top of the next screen a 4-digit code is displayed. Using a mobile or desktop browser on another device, visit hoopladigital.com/link and enter the code.
  4. Browse and borrow movie and TV titles from the Hoopla library and enjoy!

Apple TV Notes:

  • The Hoopla app is available on 4th and 5th gen devices. AirPlay is supported on 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th gen devices.
  • Audiobooks, movies, music and television are supported on Apple TV. 
  • Turn on closed captions by swiping down with your remote to access the info, subtitles, and audio information menu. Swipe left or right to select subtitles, swipe again to select English. Swipe up until the menu goes away and your subtitles will display on screen.
Chromecast
  1. After you create your Hoopla account, go to the app store on your device, search for the “Hoopla digital” app, and install it.
  2. Open the app and sign in with your account.
  3. Plug Chromecast into your TV, then connect the USB power cable to your Chromecast.
  4. Plug the other end of the USB cable into either an open USB port on your TV, or the included power adapter that plugs into an outlet.
  5. Open the Hoopla app on your device. You will see the Cast button in the top right hand corner. Tap this button and you will be shown a list of available Chromecast devices.
  6. Select the one you wish to cast to. Once the connection is established, the button will change, letting you know that the app is ready to cast.
  7. Start playing a video and it will be handed off to Chromecast for you to enjoy on your TV screen.
  8. You can control the playback by tapping on the small bar at the bottom of your mobile device’s screen, which will bring up the full screen controls, including a progress bar, access to the subtitle/closed captions selector, play/pause, etc.
  9. To access the volume control, tap the Cast button and you will see a slider allowing you to adjust the volume.
  10. To stop casting, tap the Cast button in the top right corner and Stop Casting.
  11. Your smartphone or tablet must be connected to the same WiFi network as your Chromecast or TV with Chromecast built in.

Chromecast Notes:

  • Currently, casting to the 1st and 2nd generation Chromecasts from iOS 12 and up and Android 4.4.4 and up.
  • Chromecast Ultra and Smart TVs with Chromecast built-in are also supported.
  • Support for Chromecast Audio is coming soon and support for casting from a browser is coming soon.
Roku
  1. After you create your Hoopla account, navigate to Streaming Channels, on your Roku, then Search Channels, and search for "hoopla." Click to add the channel.
  2. Select the Hoopla channel from your channels, and sign in with your account.
  3. At the top of the next screen a 4-digit code is displayed. Using a mobile or desktop browser on another device, visit hoopladigital.com/link and enter the code.
  4. Browse and borrow movie and TV titles from the Hoopla library and enjoy!

Roku Notes:

  • Roku devices running 7.6.3 and higher are supported.
  • Turn on closed captions by starting your video, then pressing the option button on your remote. Use the up or down arrow until you highlight the closed captioning option. Use the left or right arrow until you highlight the Always On option. Press the OK button and your subtitles will display on the screen.