As we already know that you can cast videos on your TV screen with the help of Google Chromecast stick. You can control the streaming through your smartphone. Similarly, you can do the same thing on your Roku device after completing the Roku setup process on your device.
The Roku device is rather amended for using remote. It has packed with built in remote. This is absent in Chromecast stick. All the features available on Chromecast are easily accessible through Roku device. All you have to do is setting up Roku on device. If you want to take help from the official website in this regard, then click on ‘how to set up Roku’ link and read the instructions carefully.
Start enjoying Netflix or YouTube channel from phone or browser
The Roku stick support ‘discovery and launch’ protocol established by YouTube and Netflix channel jointly. This protocol is meant for all the smart devices. You can use this on Chromecast, smart TV’s and apple TV. If you want to use this protocol on your Roku device, then you are required to open either the app from the smartphone or link from the web browser. Click on the ‘cast’ button. You will find number of devices in the list. Click on Roku device and enter the Roku link code for activating the channel. There is no need to open the particular app on your Roku first as it will automatically appear in the list.
Apart from this, if you want to open YouTube or other media contents on your computer, then you must have chrome browser installed in it. If the site, which you want to open is DIAL compatible, then you can use the google cast extension for streaming the videos through Roku device.
Here what you need to do is select the Roku device from your phone, tablet or laptop and the video will be sent to the Roku device. Your smart device will prompt Roku to launch the YouTube app automatically and start playing the videos you selected. If you are doing this for the first time, then you will be required to enter the link code for your Roku device for verification purpose. This link you will get in Roku link enter code option from the official Roku website.
Unluckily, this DIAL protocol is not so common and it also supports limited number of channels like YouTube and Netflix. It doesn’t not cover large variety of apps that are supported by media streaming device.
Throw the entire screen onto your Roku
Roku device is predominantly known for screen mirroring feature as it supports Beta Miracast standard. The important thing to mention here is that you can use this feature only on limited device, which are having window 8.1 installed in it or android 4.2 version is smartphones. If you have recently upgraded your old phone, then you won’t be able to use this screen mirroring feature on your device.
If the hardware requirements are easily met, then you can even cast the contents of your computer or smartphone wirelessly to the TV. This mirroring function is similar to that of Google Chromecast.
Use Roku App on your smartphone device to cast local media
If you want to control the channels with your smartphone, then you can do it easily by installing Roku app in your smartphone. Just download the app from play store and install it in your device. Connect the device with Roku player through same Wi-Fi network and start controlling the playback functions of your media contents through smartphone.