Roku App for PC (Windows and Mac)

Roku App for PC
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The Roku App for PC, after the mobile version now makes media streaming accessible through personal computers. The latest the windows 10 version now allows users to control Roku players using the home network. The Roku app for windows access the user to over 3000 channels and 300,000 movies and 30,000 titles through their PC or tablet. Another way to access Roku App for PC is using emulators.

Basic Information of Roku App

SpecificationsWindows, Mac, iOS and Android
Size24.9 MB
Published and developedRoku
Supported languageEnglish (United States)

Scoring the App

The good

The app is not just a substitute to the TV remote that can be used anywhere anytime, it has many additional features. The interface allows the user to search movie channel from the thousands of options available. Movies, shows, songs can be searched by name of artist, actors if needed. It is incredibly convenient to access media through one’s computer.

The bad

The app is only windows 10 compatible and will not run on any other windows version. The number of devices that can be signed in to is limited and can impact the stream quality. There are many bugs in the system that users have complained of relating to network and connection. 

Editor’s Rating

Setup ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (8/10)
Features ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (8/10)
Performance ⭐⭐⭐ (6.5/10)
Interface ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (8.5/10)

Features of The Roku App

A User-friendly Interface 

The app has a simple interface which is easy to use. Similar to other media streaming platforms like Netflix, HBO Go, Hulu etc. There are streak sticks and boxes to help navigate over 300,000 titles. Search box can be used to search for content using names of movies, 24/7 live news channels even artists. The bright and bold color schemes with simple to understand design makes it a user-friendly app.

Free for all

Roku can be used free of charge. Users has to open an account to stream Roku which doesn’t cost anything. So, it gives access to thousands of channels, movies and even broadcast channels like ABC and CBS, all for free. One can also subscribe to the premium version by paying charges. That gives access to Roku TV and Roku Streaming players. 

Wide range of search options and flexibility across devices

As mentioned before this app provides a wide range of search options. It is possible to browse, add, and rate channels from 1,800 above Roku Channels from the Roku Channel Store. In order to run properly, the windows network must be connected to the Roku player or TV network, otherwise the user will get a message saying ‘No Roku Devices Found’ and then network set up has to be tried again. Certain features may be unavailable in certain networks because of specific requirement related issues. It can connect to multiple Roku Players and TVs and can switch in between.

Speed and Connection

This app has some bugs that cause issues in connection and while switching over multiple devices. Sometimes devices are not able to connect to the network. Streaming movies can cause lagging and the number of devices used can also contribute to this lag.

Customizable search bar and channel name

User can custom name channel, device names and also customize search options.

How to install roku app

There are few ways to run a Roku app for PC. For all methods a Roku account is needed which can be created for free from the Roku website.

How to install for windows

Step-1: At first download emulator Bluestacks latest version on your Windows computer or laptop from the official website.

Step-2: Now install the Android emulator on your Windows 10 PC. Now, sign-in using your Google account and Launch Play Store in the Bluestacks emulator.

Step-3: Search for Roku App in Play Store and install.

Step-4: Finally sign-in using your Roku account.

-Other emulators such as NoxPlayer can be used to install in a similar process

How to install for Mac

Step-1: At first install any of the emulators Bluestacks or Noxplayer on your computer

Step-2: Open emulator and log-in to the Google account that you use for Play Store

Step-3: Search for it on Google Play Store and install it. After the app is installed sign-in with your Roku account.

There is Roku app for PC available officially in the Windows store from which it can be downloaded and used

How to use it

This app is fairly easy to use. Some points need to be kept in mind for smooth running of it.

  • Make sure that the Roku device and Windows 10 are connected on the same network, otherwise the application will fail to detect the device you wish to run it on.
  • Initially you can enable screen mirroring on Roku for streaming.
  • Now you can navigate the interface, search, save and browse your favorite content

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions):

Q. Is Roku available on PC?

Yes, it is only on the Windows 10 operating system, available in windows store. It is also possible to access it on both Mac and Windows using emulators.

Q. Why is the app not finding by Roku player or Roku TV?

The first step to take in such cases is to reset the network set-up and reconnect. If still not fixed check if the App your player is connected to the same network. If it still fails then use the IP address of your device for connection.

Q. How to start streaming in Roku PC?

First you have to enable screen mirroring, the steps for it are, enter settings menu > Select system options > Access screen mirroring section > Set-up screen mirroring preferences > Connect device and accept screen mirroring request

Alternative For This App

Netflix, HBO Go, Kodi, PlutoTV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Emby, Synology Diskstation, Raspberry pi etc. are some alternatives to Roku. Netflix gives access to a huge number of movies and shows, HBO Go is great for blockbusters. Some of these require charges but against the bugs and connectivity issues on Roku they can be a good choice. Some of the free ones such as Kodi also give great performance. 

Conclusion

The Roku app is great if you wish to access television like experience through your home network along with access to thousands of content options that Roku offers. However, users have chosen others similar because of some bugs in the app that hamper the smooth streaming experience, while many are still opting for it because it is free of charge. So, you can decide to choose Roku or look for an alternative among the many other options as per your priorities. 

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