It is possible to launch channels directly from Roku TV or Roku Streaming player, but if you want to directly cast anything to your TV, then you can by opening the casting icon on your mobile device followed by selecting your Roku device. The channel is going to launch automatically on Roku player and the playback will start.
In order to use casting, you must have to ensure that the supported app is installed on your phone or tablet and your Roku player. Also, make sure to connect your mobile device to the same wireless network as your Roku player.
Are there any similarities between casting and screen mirroring?
Many people interchange both terms normally, but there are certainly some differences between the two terms.
Content You Can Send
While casting, you will be able to watch content that is available on the mobile app that also supports casting. Whereas, in screen mirroring, you can view content from any app installed on your smartphone or tablet.
Content You See on TV
With casting, you will only be able to see the playback of the selected piece of content whereas with screen mirroring, you can see the entire screen of the mobile device including menus and buttons as every action is mirrored on the TV.
With casting, you can use your smartphone or tablet to control the playback or you can select to use your Roku remote. Whereas in screen mirroring, all the actions will be controlled by your mobile device.
Power State of your Mobile Device
With the beginning of the playback, casting allows you to use your mobile device to do other tasks while the content is being played on the TV. You can also turn off the casting device. Whereas in screen mirroring, your mobile device is going to remain turned on during the duration of the playback.
Supported Mobile Devices
Most mobile devices support casting, so if you are seeing the casting icon in the app, then you can send the content to the TV. When it comes to screen mirroring, things are confined to compatible Android and Windows devices.
Is it possible to share personal pictures and videos on TV?
If you are looking to specifically share your personal information or music files from your mobile device to TV, then you can with the help of ‘Play on Roku Feature’ of the Roku mobile app. The app is free on both Google Play Store as well as the Apple App Store.
How to cast from a supported channel?
To begin casting, you will have to install the channel and the corresponding mobile app followed by starting playback. Follow below-mentioned steps for the same.
- You need to add the channel to your Roku player.
- Install the corresponding app on your mobile device.
- Launch the app on your mobile device. You don’t need to open the matching channel on your Roku player to start casting.
- Select the casting icon from inside the mobile app. If the casting icon doesn’t show up, then wait until the playback begins on your mobile device.
- Select your Roku device from the list of available devices on your mobile device.
- The channel is going to launch automatically on your Roku device and with that, the playback of the content will start.
During playback, you have the option of using your mobile device and start casting another program, do other tasks or entirely turn off the device, as nothing would disrupt the playback on Roku player.