The Roku iOS app got another update today. In addition to the previous “Play on Roku” feature which let users stream music and static images to the set top media box, the company has now added the ability to stream video directly from the iOS app as well.
In a market that includes Apple TV and Google’s nascent Chromecast technology, Roku is making some positive steps to stay relevant.
The Roku app requires a Roku player and a Roku account, but then will let you use your iPhone to control the Roku box connected to your HDTV. You can browse hundreds of Roku channels, adding the ones you’re interested in to the favorite channels list. With the new update, you can send images, music, or video from your iPhone to any supported Roku player, including the Roku 3, Roku 2, new Roku HD and Roku LT players, and Roku Streaming Stick.
The free iPhone app also lets you quickly launch and rate your Roku channels, and control the media playback like a touch-based remote control, including searching with a keyboard-based search tool. You’re also able to name different Roku players on the same network, and switch control between them.
The updated Roku app is available for free in the App Store now, and current users will need to update the app via the App Store updates tab on their iPhone.