Roku is one of the best smart TV options around. Not only does it provide its own content, it also lets you stream content directly from your Mac. However, the number of options around can be confusing. We’re going to look at 5 of the best solutions for streaming to Roku.
Elmedia Player is the ideal tool for anyone looking for a versatile Mac video player to stream videos from Mac to Roku TV. It offers a whole host of different features, making it great for streaming to Roku, as well as Airplay, Airplay2 and Chromecast.
That said, it’s much better than a native AirPlay streaming option. Elmedia lets you use a huge range of different formats, keeping you covered for any eventuality. It also lets you implement subtitles in a way that isn’t possible on Airplay. On top of that, you can change resolution on the fly, depending on your needs. Beyond these features, Elmedia also boasts compatibility with some streaming platforms, so, you can stream YouTube videos from your Mac to TV with no ads.
Advanced settings let you control playback and alter audio and video choices. And a user-friendly interface makes Elmedia Player perfect for anyone. Unlock the PRO option (19,99$ life-time licence), and you’ll have access to all the best streaming options.
1. First of all, turn on your smart TV.
3. Navigate to the content you want to stream.
4. Use the Elmedia Player app to open the audio or video.
5. From the control panel, hit the streaming icon and select your preferred device.
6. Now just sit back and enjoy your content.
JustStream is another great tool for streaming Mac to Roku. Like Elmedia Player, it provides complete compatibility for the Roku system, allowing you to link your Mac up to your smart TV and enjoy content. JustStream can handle a huge range of different resolutions, letting you customise depending on your preferences.
On top of that, it lets you compile playlists of your favourite content, letting you set up hours of video that can be played at the touch of a button. One of its most notable features is the extensive support it provides for audio and subtitle files. Any translated audio or subtitles can be set up to automatically play once you start playing a file.
1. First of all, download JustStream and launch the program.
2. Click + to start looking for the video you want to play.
3. Navigate to the signal icon, and choose your preferred device.
4. Hit ‘start streaming’ and you’ll be able to enjoy your video.
The free version of JustStream can only provide you with 20 minutes of streaming in any one go. By upgrading to the paid version (12,99$ -1 Year), you’ll be able to access all features.
OmniPlayer is a pretty good media player that offers streaming features to let you stream from Mac to Roku. It’s main benefit is the fact that it can handle a huge range of different formats, letting you play just about anything you might have in your library.
It’s also got some impressive playback options. You can change speed, rewind, fast forward, and it offers a few different ways to alter image and audio. Playlist functions are simple and effective. You can also load up subtitles with minimum difficulty. As far as streaming Mac to Roku, it offers all the streaming features you’d expect, making it easy to stream from Mac to Roku.
For full streaming, as well as other major features, you’ll need to spend money on a subscription to the paid version (9,99$ life-time licence).
4. You’ll now be able to enjoy your video streaming to Roku from Mac.
MirrorMeister is a pretty good option for anyone looking for a way to stream to Roku TV from Mac. Unlike some of the other options we’ve looked at, this tool is designed solely for casting. That means that you won’t have any of the added benefits provided by programs like Elmedia Player. That said, if you’re simply looking for a way to stream laptop to Roku or any of a number of other popular systems, this is fine for you.
It supports a wide range of devices and manufacturers, meaning that you shouldn’t encounter any compatibility issues. Beyond that, it doesn’t really offer a huge range of different options.
To unlock more advanced features you can purchase a lifetime Pro for $33.99 or a yearly subscription for $13.49.
AirPlay, as you may already know, is Apple’s native casting tool. That means that it comes built into the majority of current Apple models. It’s compatible to stream video to Roku, as long as you have the correct model. On StreamBars, this is models 1900 and upwards. For Roku TV it’s A, C, and 7. You also need to be running on Roku OS 9.4 or higher. And in terms of your Mac operating system, you’ll need a macOS of 10.14.5 or more recent versions. As far as casting goes, AirPlay is pretty straightforward. As an Apple device, it’s handy for also streaming to other Apple devices. And you’ll have no problems mirroring your screen to Roku or to your smart TV. Beyond this, AirPlay offers little that you can’t get from some of the other options we’ve looked at. It doesn’t offer any advanced equaliser or media player options, or any options for searching directly via streaming platforms.