How to Stream iTunes Movie Rentals and Purchases to Roku

itunes to roku

As a popular media player set-up box, Roku is commonly used to connect with TV sets or other video display devices for the purpose of streaming movies, TV shows and other media content from dozens of free and paid media channels and networks, such as YouTube, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Spotify, Amazon Instant Video, RedBox and so forth. Because of its great performance, Roku is always regarded as the biggest competitor to Apple TV, another big player in media streamer market that also plays digital content from a number of online channels. The last barrier makes Roku not a completely Apple TV killer is that it doesn't support streaming iTunes movies and TV shows which are only supported by Apple TV. But don't worry. By doing a few tricks, you can still play iTunes movies on your TV via Roku without Apple TV. The following is the guide to show you the complete steps of streaming your iTunes videos, including purchased and rented movies, TV shows to Roku for playback on TV.

 

Part 1. Best iTunes Movie to Roku Converter Tool

The reason why Roku doesn't support iTunes videos is because Apple applies DRM technology to protect the media items sold in iTunes Store. Thus only Apple's iOS devices and Apple TV are allowed to play those DRM-protected files. So in order to make iTunes movies compatible with Roku media player, we only need to find out a solution to get rid of the DRM lock from iTunes movies and TV shows. Here we meet DRmare iTunes M4V Converter for Mac/Windows, an all-around iTunes DRM removal tool that can losslessly remove DRM protection from rented and purchased iTunes videos. As Roku only supports playing media files with H.264/AVC (.MKV, .MP4, .MOV) formats, DRmare M4V Converter will also help you convert the protected iTunes videos from M4V to MP4, MOV, etc.

DRmare iTunes M4V to Roku Converter

drmare m4v converter
  • Losslessly bypass DRM from rented and purchased iTunes videos
  • Support 1080p/720p HD and SD iTunes movies
  • Convert iTunes DRM M4V to MP4, MOV for Roku
  • Keep original AC3 5.1 audio, CC, subtitles, etc.

Part 2. How to Remove DRM from iTunes Movies to Play with Roku

The following is a detailed tutorial about how to remove iTunes FairPlay DRM and convert the purchased or rented iTunes movies/TV series to Roku compatible MP4 format using DRmare M4V Converter for Mac. Please make sure you have downloaded and installed the free version of this smart iTunes video converter on your computer before getting started.

Step 1Add iTunes Movies/TV Shows
import m4v videos
After launching DRmare iTunes to Roku Converter, you can either drag the files from iTunes library folder to the program, or add the iTunes videos by clicking 'Add' button within the conversion window.
Step 2Choose Output Format
select mp4 for roku
To stream iTunes movies on Roku, you can simply click the 'Format' bar and choose "Lossless MP4" from the profile list. As the name suggests, it will losslessly retain the original quality of the iTunes movies and TV shows, including the AC3 5.1 surround sound, AAC, CC, AC, etc.
Step 3Convert iTunes M4V to MP4 for Roku
convert video to roku
When everything is done, simply click the 'Convert' button to start converting your iTunes videos to Roku supported MP4 format. Once converted, you can click the history panel to locate those well converted DRM-free iTunes videos before streaming them to Roku.

Tips to Stream and Play Converted iTunes Movies on Roku

1. Stream iTunes Movies to Roku via iOS devices

If you are trying to play the iTunes movies on Roku via iOS devices, you need to download Roku player app from https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/roku/id482066631?mt=8 and install it on your iOS devices. Then connect your iOS device to the same network with your Roku player. Last, begin to stream the iTunes movies without DRM directly via Roku player app.

2. Play Converted iTunes Videos on Roku with Plex Media Server/XBMC

You can also stream iTunes movies to Roku via Plex or XBMC on your Mac. In this case, you have to install Plex Media Server on your computer. Once the Plex server is installed successfully, it will detect all of the movies, television shows on your Mac. Then you should install Plex Channel on your Roku account. Finally, configure the Plex server on the Roku and then you can better watch the iTunes movies on Roku as you want.

Part 3. More about Roku Media Streamer

roku products

The Roku Streaming Player, or simply Roku, is a series of digital media player set-top boxes manufactured by Roku, Inc. A Roku streaming device gets data (the video stream) via a wired or Wi-Fi connection to an Internet router. Then it can be connected to any television set (or other video display device) with appropriate input connections in order to stream content from Amazon Video, BBC iPlayer, Google Play Movies & TV, HBO Go, Hulu, Netflix, and other online media streaming services.

Roku has 10 million active users between its streaming players and smart TVs, and they've already streamed 4 billion hours of video and music this year. The current offering of Roku streaming devices is split into 10 products, including the Roku Streaming Stick, Roku 1, 2, 3, 4, Roku Express/Express+, Roku Premiere/Premiere+, and Roku Ultra.

For more details and differences between those Roku products, you can refer to the following comparison list.

Roku Streaming Stick Roku 1 Roku 2 Roku 3
Description Tiny stick. Big entertainment. Works with virtually any TV. Private listening headphone jack. Fully loaded and lightning fast.
TV compatibility HDTVs only Virtually any TV Virtually any TV HDTVs only
Entertainment channels 3000+ 3000+ 3000+ 3000+
Built-in wireless Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dual-band wireless Yes No Yes Yes
Channel shortcut buttons Yes Yes Yes No
Remote with headphone jack No No Yes Yes
Cast to TV direct from apps Yes No No Yes
Motion control for games No No No Yes
Ethernet, USB & micro SD slot No No No Yes
Price        
Roku Express Roku Express+ Roku Premiere Roku Premiere+ Roku Ultra
Price $29.99 $39.99 $79.99 $99.99 $129.99
Video resolution Up to 720p Up to 1080p Up to 4K Up to 4K Up to 4K
Digital surround sound Dolby Dolby Dolby Dolby Dolby
Night listening mode No No Yes Yes Yes
Remote control IR IR IR RF RF
Remote with headphone jack No No No Yes Yes
micro SD slot No No No Yes Yes
USB port No No No No Yes
Ethernet No No No Yes Yes

Part 4. Video Tutorial to Stream iTunes Videos to Roku on Phones

The following is the complete video tutorial to show you the whole steps to stream and play iTunes M4V videos on Roku media player from a phone.

May 31, 2017 08:12 am

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