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How to Stream & Play iTunes Movies on Roku

By Laura Barnes

January 20, 2018

Roku is a streaming media player that you can connect to the television via a cable to stream movies, TV shows and music from the internet through various content providers. With Roku, you can access to paid and free content from the Internet such as Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, YouTube, and much more, on your TV. However, iTunes is not included. Why?


Part 1. Tools you Need to Convert iTunes Protected Movies

The failure of play iTunes movies on Roku is because Apple set a restriction on iTunes purchased and rental movies through its annoying FairPlay DRM. Therefore, you can't directly stream the iTunes movies to watch on TV or home theater system via Roku, Plex server, or Chromecast, but only via Apple TV. For the users who only own a Roku, they are really disappointed with this fact. Any method to stream iTunes movies and TV shows on Roku if possible? The answer is yes, we have already found out a solution for you.

A handy tool we would like to share is TuneFab M4V Converter. It is a powerful and professional software which allows you to remove the DRM from both iTunes purchases and rentals, thus to convert the locked M4V movies, TV shows, and music videos to the plain MP4 format that compatible with Roku. In the meanwhile, it will preserve the Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound and 100% original quality in the output iTunes videos.

Note: TuneFab M4V Converter (Windows) is not able to convert iTunes rental videos/movies currently, so Windows user is out of luck at the moment. For Mac users, however, you can still use TuneFab M4V Converter(Mac) to convert iTunes rental videos/movies.

Part 2. How to Convert iTunes Movies to Roku Friendly Format

Step 1. Select iTunes Movies

First, download the program on your Mac and install it. After launching the program, you can click "add files" button to choose iTunes M4V videos from the program. It supports batch conversion so you can add several files at one time.

Add iTunes M4V Files

Step 2. Specify Output Folder Path

In the main interface, click on "Options" button and it will pop up a window, which allows you to change the output folder to save converted iTunes movies.

Specify Output Folder Path

Step 3. Convert M4V Videos to MP4

Finally, click "Convert" button to remove DRM and convert iTunes M4V to the MP4 format supported by Roku. After conversion, you can find the files you've converted by clicking the "History" button.

Convert M4V Videos to MP4

YouTube Tutorial: Convert iTunes Movies to Roku Friendly Format

Part 3. Cast and Play iTunes Movies on Roku from USB

Step 1. Install the Roku Media Player channel, either through the Channel Store on Roku or via Roku's website. Then launch the Roku Media Player channel and select Video.

Launch Roku Media Player

Step 2. First, you need to add videos from your computer to a USB drive. Now connect the USB drive to Roku's USB port, located on the right side of the box, then choose the drive that's attached to the Roku.

Choose Storage Device

Step 3. Navigate to the folder that has the converted iTunes video files you want to watch. Click OK to open the folder. Select the video to watch and click Play on the remote. Now you can play iTunes movies or TV Shows on Roku successfully.

Open iTunes Movie

Now, why you wait? Go and enjoy the iTunes video on your big TV with Roku.

A Piece of Little Tips for You

As stated above, all the movies, TV shows and music videos purchased or rented from iTunes are encrypted with DRM. To play iTunes movies on Roku, the DRM needs to be removed and the videos in M4V format should be converted to the formats supported by Roku. What format can be played on Roku? Check it below:

Roku Supported Format

• MP4 (H.264), MKV (H.264), MOV (H.264) and WMV (VC-1, firmware 3.1 only)

• AAC & MP3 audio

• JPG & PNG image

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