Stream and Play ISO Files on Roku 4/3/2 via USB or Plex Media Server

Diana Joan

Oct 26, 2016 04:47 am / Posted by Diana Joan

Have ripped an ISO image file from Blu-ray or DVD disc and wish to watch the ISO file on Roku with a USB drive, Plex or the local network so that you can conveniently and remotely control the designed interface from your couch. The following article will show you how to enjoy ISO files on Roku via USB drive or Plex media server.

Stream ISO to Roku 4/3/2

Play ISO on Roku Media Player use a USB Drive

The Roku 4/3 and the new Roku 2 models also includes a built-in USB port. Just place the media files on USB drive, plug the USB port on your Roku, and then launch the Roku Media Player channel, select the connected USB device, select the media file and then play it. The media files must be in a supported formats by Roku Media Player channel:
Video - H.264/AVC (.MKV, .MP4, .MOV), on Roku 4 only: H.265/HEVC (.MKV, .MP4, .MOV); VP9 (.MKV)
Audio - AAC (.MKV, .MP4, .MOV); MP3(.MP3, .MKV); WMA (.ASF, .WMA, .MKV), FLAC (.FLAC, .MKV), PCM (.WAV, .MKV, .MP4, .MOV), AC3/EAC3 (.MKV,.MP4. .MOV, .AC3), DTS (.MKV, .MP4, .MOV), ALAC (.MKV, .MP4, .MOV, .M4A)

As the ISO file is not included in Roku Media Player channel supported format list, you will need to perform a format conversion process. Here, a simple to use ISO ripper - Pavtube BDMagic which can assist you to easily convert Blu-ray/DVD disc, BDMV/Video_TS folder and ISO image to Roku media player app readable file formats listed above. For Mac users, you can turn to Pavtube BDMagic for Mac to perform the same conversion on Mac OS X El Capitan or macOS Sierra.

Stream ISO to Roku via Plex Media Server

By installing Plex Media Server on your computer and then run the Plex channel on your Roku media player, you will then be able to watch home videos that you have added to Plex server with Roku player on TV.

However, as ISO file are not supported by the Roku Media player, you still need to perform the same conversion process with the ISO ripper program listed above. When the conversion is completed, you will have no problem to stream converted ISO file to Roku.

How to Rip ISO for Roku Media Player for Streaming and Playing via USB or Plex Server?

Step 1: Load ISO image file to the program.

Run the program on your computer, click "File" > "Load IFO/ISO" to load ISO image file into the program.

Step 2: Choose output file format.

Click "Format" bar, from its drop-down option, select Roku USB and Roku Plex app supported streaming formats from "HD Video" > "H.264 HD Video (*.mp4)".

Step 3: Customize output profile parameters.

Click settings to open "Profile Settings" window, here you can flexibly adjust output video/audio codec, file resolution, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, etc according to your own situations.

Step 4: Start ISO to Roku 4/3/2 ripping process.
One click the big button "Convert" on bottom-right corner to start conversion.
Once finishing conversion, you can stream and play converted files from Roku 4/3/2 to TV either through your external USB drive or the Plex Media Server.


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