Internet services have hit the entertainment industry to a high level. A few years back, we only had cable and set-top boxes as the primary source of entertainment on our television.
Today, the next generation of ultimate entertainment experience includes services such as Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Google Chromecast, among others.
Of these streaming services, people are more hooked on to Roku, a streaming device and service. So, let’s take a look at ways to use Roku and install media players like Kodi on it.
What is Roku?
For those who don’t know, Roku is a paid subscription service and a great streaming device. It is used to stream video and audio to your TV via the Internet.
The digital platform comes in the form of set-top boxes, and Roku sticks to convert your TV into the smart TV.
Roku’s Premiere service can stream videos in the highest form of resolution, i.e. 4K videos. Roku Pulse, on the other side, can record 4K videos while streaming.
So, if you couple it together, Roku not only streams 4K-quality content but also lets you store it to watch anytime you want.
You can look for almost all popular channels on Roku, across its stream library that includes more than 4500 channels from all parts of the world.
As an app, Roku is also available on Android and iOS devices. This feature attracts the viewers like us who want to see their favorite shows on their mobile phones.
You can do that by simply logging in to your Roku account on the mobile app.
However, Roku has a large channel count, so sometimes it does not stream new movies or copyrighted shows. For that, you need to install Kodi on your Roku device.
What is Kodi?
Kodi is one of the best open-source application software used to stream videos as a media player. It is compatible with every other operating system like iOS, Windows, Linux and many more.
The best feature of Kodi is that it supports third-party add-ons allowing users to watch any show or movie for free!
Luckily, you can get Kodi on Roku to enjoy these intuitive and powerful streaming features. Technically, Kodi is not officially available on Roku, but you can still watch Kodi on Roku in some simple steps.
Let’s have a look.
How to Get Kodi on Roku?
If you want to install Kodi on Roku, you can try casting it as a channel on Roku TV. Overall, the method is pretty basic.
All you need to do is use “screen mirroring” and get Kodi on Roku.
Note: This process needs devices such as Android phone or a Windows PC that has Kodi installed in it.
1. Get Kodi on Roku 4/3/2 Using Screen Mirroring
You can use screen mirroring techniques to install Kodi on Roku 4/3/2. Just ensure that your Roku service and device are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
Now, let’s see ways on how to enable casting Kodi on Roku
- Press the Home button on your Roku Stick (remote)
- Go to the Settings menu (make sure you’ve upgraded Roku to the latest version)
- Click on “Enable Screen Mirroring” and press OK
- Now, pair Roku to your device
- For your PC, go to Devices
- Click on Project and select Add a wireless display option
- Click on your Roku service when it shows up as a connection
If you use an Android device to connect Roku, follow the below-listed steps:
- Go to Settings on Roku TV
- Click on Connections
- Select Screen mirroring
- Now, choose Add device
- Link to your Android device and now start streaming!
Once you’ve installed Roku on your device, download the Kodi media player on it. Now, cast Kodi from your device to Roku.
2. Add Kodi On Roku using Windows PC
Don’t have a Roku 3? No need to panic, we have a great fix for that as well!
You don’t always need a device which supports Kodi. Just download Kodi and ensure that it’s working on your device.
Now, connect your Windows PC through an HDMI cable to your Roku set-top box.
To start casting Kodi on Roku’s Windows app,
- Go to search box on your Windows PC
- Type Device Settings and double-click on it
- In the Device Manager window, click on Add device
- Select the Roku device
Now, you can now enjoy Kodi on Roku on your Windows PC without any jailbreak.
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