Apple users who want to stream from mobile devices to TV now have another option, as Roku have added an airplay capability to their iOS app. The update comes as part of the Play on Roku feature that already offers users a music streaming ability, from both iOS or Android mobile devices to a Roku.
The new Roku iOS app version 2.3 will let users wirelessly stream video from Apple devices such as iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch straight to any TV set that has a Roku attached.
The new mirroring feature is compatible with most popular models such as the Roku streaming stick, the Roku 3, Roku 2 XS and XD, Roku HD and the Roku LT. Streaming is limited to content held locally on the mobile device, so no website streaming is supported.
Apple users who think the app may negate the need to buy an Apple TV box will have to think again. It is not quite as accomplished as Airplay yet. For a start movies and shows that have been brought through iTunes will not stream, and certain apps such as YouTube don’t work either.
The app started as a remote control system for Roku devices and has had a number of upgrades. Also added have been several bug fixes and easier channel navigation.
Android users will have to wait though as streaming from these devices is still limited to just music and pictures. Apple users can get hold of the app now from the iTunes store.