How to watch Movies on your Roku

I’ve gotten a lot of mail since I quit providing a Roku channel. There were a couple problems. One is that the Roku channel cost too much to run. Another is I never found an effective way to get it to pay for itself. Then there were people who had too low bandwidth to use the channel. That got me a lot of hate mail. Reviews actually accused me of fraud because I can’t show Hulu and Crackle flix on the Roku box. One more problem is that the Roku is too weak to handle 900 movies and have them all be available which also got me hate mail. So I quit.

But all is not lost. I installed a way for your to download the movies and using PlayOn, you can stream the movies from your computer to your Roku. PlayOn will play any normal mp4 video file on your Roku. You need to install PlayOn and put the MyMedia channel on your Roku. You can get the MyMedia channel in the Roku store and PlayOn is at the link above.

So, you just drop your downloaded movies in the folder you chose to share with the Roku and you can see them on the big screen. This works not only for Retrovision movies, but just about any garden variety mp4 video file along with some other formats the Roku supports.

Happy zapping.

Readers Comments (9)

  1. Ain’t it funny how people have the nerve to complain even when they are given it for free?

    Keep up the great work Kevin!

  2. really appreciate your efforts over the years ..thank you

  3. Thanks for always trying so hard on our behalf.
    Have to say that I find the present set up excellent, and I think that you have found the perfection that you have been seeking for so long.
    Best wishes and many thanks.

  4. PlayOn appears to be Windoze-only. Can you recommend a similar solution for mac which will support Rocu’s MyMedia channel?


    • There is a python script. I have not tried this on Mac, but it should run. I have no idea how to install python on a Mac, but it should fly if you do. The alternative is to use virtualbox and run some debian like thing.

      My instructions for making a media server out of a Raspberry Pi.. not too much different from Ubuntu and other debian flavors.

      The way my Pi works. I have a 32GB flash card on it. I just put movies in the network folder the Pi sends them to the MyMedia app.

      I would like to discuss your results from your experiment.

      I’ll bet you find something neat. This is wordpress. Add /feed on any url you are looking at. Itunes will download all the media enclosures.

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