Are you a streaming geek and wondering if there is a way of using Kodi on Roku?
Well, we have all the answers for you! Go through this guide and explore how you can install Kodi on Roku, the limitations, channels and much more.
What is Roku?
Roku is a variety of streaming devices that are manufactured and designed by Roku Incorporation. It allows streaming lovers to stream their desired content from anywhere by using these devices. It has a number of applications pre-installed for streaming and watching movies and TV shows. Applications comprises Hulu, Fubo TV, Showtime Redbox, RT, SiriusXM, Showtime, Sling TV, TVLuux, Tubi TV, TuneIn Radio, TheBlaze, Time Warner Cable, Vmedia, Xfinity, Vudu, WWE Network etc.
All of these applications require subscription for streaming but the quality that they offer is amazing and worth paying for. Despite all the charges required for streaming, people still opt for Roku because of its quality experience provision.
Is Kodi on Roku?
Not Actually! Kodi cannot be directly installed on Roku, as the operating system used by Roku is a customized Linux OS called Roku OS. Even the channel store of Roku does not have Kodi in its library. Kodi is itself a streaming player which is available on many platforms but alas, it is not available on Roku.
Kodi vs Roku
Kodi being a top-notch streaming software has become the top choice of streaming geeks all over the world. Not only that, Kodi has been a highly discussed point in the headlines too! Because of the campaigns and policies launched globally against it due to the privacy infringement concerns. However, Kodi has got much more to offer than any other streaming platform.
The fact that Kodi is a streaming software while Roku is actually a streaming device, the comparison of these two would not be significant. Roku is a high-end streaming player and has a lot of potential. Using Kodi would definitely be a better choice for streaming lovers because it offers both the free content and paid content (with reference to both the official and unofficial Kodi add-ons regardless of their piracy conduct). This is what Roku lacks, no free content at any choice.
Not every user opts for paid content and that is a fact that needs to be kept into consideration while offering a service. Moreover, it is not a wise and easy thing to offer quality content free without any subscription charges.
Can I download Kodi for Roku ?
No barriers can stop the streaming geeks from going beyond the limitations of a streaming device. Thanks to all the geeks who found out this hack of using Kodi on Roku, enabling binge watchers and Roku owners in customizing their Roku devices.
Despite Kodi being not available on Roku or not supported by Roku, there is a way of installing Kodi on Roku and we have elaborated the complete procedure in this guide.
Different Methods for Setting up Kodi or XBMC on Roku
Here are the two ways you can use Kodi on Roku by using two different platforms, look:
How to Get Kodi on Roku Using Windows PC ?
The most basic and commonly used device or platform for Kodi is Windows. Hence, we have provided this method of installing Kodi on Roku using Windows PC. Follow these steps as illustrated:
- Boot your PC and go to Start Menu.
- From the Windows Search Bar, search for ‘Device Settings’.
- Click on Add Device.
- You will be seeing many options in the list form, click on Roku 3 and it will be added as your streaming device.
Once you have followed these steps, you can access Kodi on your Roku device by screen casting it. Screen casting will allow you to watch your favorite movies, videos and much more on your Roku device. Simple, isn’t it?
How to Get Kodi on Roku Using Android Smart TV ?
Here is another method for installing Kodi on Roku by using your android smart TV and this is done through screen mirroring. Follow these steps:
- Install Kodi on your Android Smart TV.
- Now head to Roku 3 home screen.
- Click on Settings > Click on System Update and update your device to Roku Software Build 5.2 or an upgrade version.
- Go back to Settings > Click on Screen Mirroring option.
- Rom here, Enable Screen Mirroring of your Roku > Click OK.
How to install exodus on Roku
For installing Exodus Kodi add-on on Roku, you will not have to follow any special procedure. Just follow our guide “How to install Exodus Kodi Add-on” and install it on the principal casting/ screening device that you are using e.g. on your Android Smart TV or your Windows PC.
Kodi Roku Channels
The best thing about Roku is that it has its own store for channels known as Roku Channel Store. Another fascinating thing is that some Roku channels that have their own Kodi add-ons. Here are a few Kodi Roku channels that you should definitely try:
How to Use Kodi Leia version 18.5 or lower on Roku Streaming Stick, Ultra and Roku Express
It does not matter which Roku version you are using, the Kodi version you have installed on your casting device matters. If you are casting Kodi on your Roku via your Windows PC, then you need to keep your Kodi version on your Windows updated. You can install Kodi Krypton version 17 on Roku by installing the Kodi Krypton version 17.6 on your Windows PC or your Android smart TV.
How to Use Kodi Jarvis version 16 or higher on Roku Streaming Stick, Ultra and Roku Express
As elaborated earlier, Kodi version on your primary casting/screening device is the concerning point because your Kodi is not actually installed on Roku but it is being casted by your Android smart TV or your Windows PC. Therefore, install Kodi Jarvis version 16 by following the steps mentioned in this guide, on your device to install it on Roku.
Best Kodi add-ons on Roku
Here are the top 10 best Kodi add-ons you should use on Roku:
Roku Alternate Devices For Kodi
- Kodi on Windows
- Kodi on Raspberry Pi
- Kodi on iPad
- Kodi on Firestick
- Kodi on Apple TV
- Kodi on Xbox One
- Kodi on Nvidia Shield
Kodi Alternates For Roku
Though I always recommend every streaming lover to use Kodi because of its uniqueness ut if you are looking for any alternatives to Kodi, I would suggest the following:
- Terrarium TV
Kodi on Roku FAQs
When you try installing something in a hacky manner, there is always some concern that might arise in your mind. Here are some commonly asked FAQs:
Can I Jailbreak Roku?
The answer to this question is simply “No”. To jailbreak a streaming device means to modify/customize a device in a manner that it could perform beyond the its stock barriers and restrictions.
The thing with Roku is that its manufacturer has designed it in such a way that yoou cannot jailbreak it. However, if you want to go beyond its stock feature, using Kodi is the best option for you.
Rather than thinking about using risky PPV services, you can easily stream free movies, TV shows, Live TV and sports through Kodi addons.
Is it possible to get Kodi on Roku using iPhone/mac devices?
Yes, you can use Kodi on Roku using iPhone by first installing Kodi on iPhone and then mirroring it on your Roku device.
Can I put Kodi on Roku without computer/without screen mirroring?
No, there is no other method of installing Kodi on Roku because of the complexity of its OS.
How do I mirror my phone to Roku ?
If your phone has the screen mirroring option then it will not be an issue as nowadays, many smartphones have this feature. In case your phone does not have the screen mirroring option, you can install a third-party application for enabling this feature.
Roku is one great thing to try and every streaming geek knows it. The cherry on the top is having Kodi on Roku, streaming your favorite content seamlessly by collaborating two of the best streaming platforms available worldwide. Despite not being officially available on Roku, the geeks have found the way to allow Kodi to invade in the Roku world.