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Thursday, August 08, 2013, 04:10 pm PT (07:10 pm ET)

Roku set-top boxes can now stream iOS video content to TVs

In an update to its iOS app on Thursday, Roku added the ability to stream content stored on an iPhone, iPad or iPod directly to a number of its set-top TV products.

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The Roku 3 set-top box with remote and earphones. | Source: Roku


The new Roku for iOS app expands on the company's existing "Play on Roku" feature that allows users to stream photos and music to a Roku device.

Currently an iOS-only function, the addition of video streaming only applies to content stored in an iOS device's Camera Roll. This limits playback to clips shot by an iOS device, unlike Apple's implementation of AirPlay, which allows for movies and other videos stored in the Videos app to be streamed to a television set.

The new feature is compatible with the Roku 3, Roku 2, Roku HD and Roku LT players, and the Roku Streaming Stick.

In addition to the streaming capabilities, Thursday's update also brings the usual bug fixes and performance enhancements.

Roku for iOS is a free 3.3MB download from the App Store.