How to Stream Any Video and Audio Format to Roku

Roku is a widely-accepted media player, which you can use to stream videos directly on your TV with lots of channel choices. But do you know that it can also be used as a streamer to cast your local video files on mobile to HDTV that you have at home. The biggest limit, however, is that the supported format range for this feature is not wide enough. That’s why we are here to learn how to stream any video format from your mobile to Roku in the easiest way.

Tip: If you want to get more information on how to enjoy media on TV, check out this guide>>

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Part 1: Roku Supported and Unsupported Video Formats

First, let’s see what video and audio formats can really be supported by Roku. Here is the short list:

  • Video format: MKV, MP4, MOV, WMV
  • Audio format: AAC, MP3, WMA, FLAC, WAV

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Have found the format that you have most on your mobile? If not, find it in the much longer list of the unsupported format below:

  • Video format: 3GP, VOB, MTS, AVI, M4V, WMV, XviD, DV, MP4-XviD, DIVX, H.264, H.265 (HEVC), MP4-MC, OGV, ASF, MPEG-1 NTSC, MPEG-1 PAL, MPEG-1 SECAM, MPEG-2 NTSC, MPEG-2 PAL, MPEG-2 SECAM, DVD-Video NTSC, DVD-Video PAL, DVD-Video SECAM, FLV, F4V, SWF, 3GP, 3G2, etc.
  • Audio format: AC3, M4A, OGG, AIFF, AU, MKA, APE, M4B, M4R, etc.

Part 2: How to Stream Roku Supported Videos and Audio

If you have the video formats that Roku supports, congrats. But wait a minute, you can only cast them from phones to your TV via Roku, as long as you have an Apple device with iOS 4.3 or later, or one of the following Android phones or tablets:

  • Samsung Galaxy S III
  • Samsung Galaxy S IV
  • Samsung Galaxy S2
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 2
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 2
  • Motorola Moto X
  • HTC One
  • Nexus 4
  • Nexus 5
  • Google Nexus 7 (2012)
  • Google Nexus 7 (2013)

Now, are you ready? Let’s see how to cast your local files on phones to TV with step-by-step guide.

Note: Though Roku doesn’t support beaming videos from your PC to TV officially, you can find other solutions instead.

Step 1:Install Roku app for iOS or Android

Get Roku app for iOS here and get Android version here.

Step 2:Connect to the same network

Get your phone or tablet connected to the same network as your Roku device, that is, the same route. Then you can open your Roku app with a list of Roku devices appearing. Choose one of the devices and get control of it with your phone or tablet. Before that, you may need to get login with your Roku account.

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Step 3: Play on Roku

Now go to find the Play on Roku tab on your app and then choose a video that you want to cast to your TV. After some minutes, you will be able to watch the videos on your TV’s big screen.

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Part 3: How to Stream Roku Unsupported Videos and Audio

For naturally unsupported formats of Roku, you will need a third-party tool to help you out. Allcast should be one of the best choices. Here is how you can use it to stream you mobile files to TV through Roku, including video, audio and even photos. By the way, it offers 5-minute trial and you need to buy it for $4.99 to enjoy the whole time of your media.

Step 1: Install Allcast

Please get Allcast for Android here. And its official iOS version will be released in the near feature, while it has already opened its test sign-up.

Step 2: Connect to Roku

Make sure your phone and Roku are connected to the same network. Then open Allcast and it will automatically scan your available streamers like Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV or Xbox. For now, please choose the Roku streaming player.

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Step 3: Stream your file to Roku

After you have chosen the device, now you will see all your files on Allcast, which has done a thorough scan of your phone. Tab a photo or video and it's magic time. You will see the photo or video on the TV in real time.

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That's done. Very handy, isn't it? Alternatively, you can also use a video converter to first convert your media to Roku supported formats like MKV, MP4, MOV, WMV. And then stream the files to TV with Roku. This is where Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate comes in, which is a powerful and handy tool to fulfill this work. Just try it out. And it does more than you expect like, it can stream your PC's local files to TV as easy as Allcast in the Android platform. Can't wait to have a try? Download it below and you should never miss it.

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