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Roku updates iOS app to allow streaming to its set-top boxes

updated 01:00 am EDT, Fri August 9, 2013

Can only use content from Camera Roll, currently iOS-only

Streaming media set-top box maker Roku updated its iOS app on Thursday with a thus-far exclusive feature: the app can now stream some video content wirelessly to various models of Roku set-top devices, expanding the company's "Play on Roku" feature which previously allowed only photos and music. The new function is limited to streaming only videos on the user's Camera Roll, and is thus intended to share self-shot videos by and large by transferring them wireless to an HDTV. Version 2.3 also includes bug fixes and performance enhancements.

The video-streaming feature is currently iOS-only, and works with the Roku 2 and 3, the Roku HD and LT, and the Roku Streaming Stick. The streaming of pictures, music and now Camera Roll video is clearly intended to compensate for the Roku's lack of support for AirPlay, Apple's more versatile wireless streaming protocol used with the Apple TV and other devices to stream supported media file types (and now even some unsupported ones) to the Apple TV, most digital receivers and some other AirPlay-compatible equipment.

by MacNN Staff



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