Can I play back media on my Roku player from my USB hard drive?
Yes, if you have a Roku player with a USB port and if you install the free Roku USB Media Player channel. The Roku USB Media Player channel enables you to play back personal video, music and photo files from a USB drive on your TV.
To install the Roku USB Media player channel:
- From the Roku home screen, select the Roku Channel Store.
- Navigate down to the “Music” or “Photos & Video” category.
- Select “Roku USB Media Player.”
- Select “add channel.”
NOTE: Only the Roku 2 XS, Roku XDS, and Roku HD-XR models have a USB port.
What file types does Roku plays from USB hard drive?
Roku 2 supported video, audio, and image formats:
- Video — MKV (H.264), MP4 (H.264), MOV (H.264), WMV/ASF (WMV9/VC-1)
- Music — AAC, MP3
- Photo — JPG, PNG
Only supported file types are shown in the Roku USB Media Player channel. The app hides unsupported file types, as well as folders with no supported file types in them, from view.
ASF/WMV files encoded in WMV9 can be displayed at a maximum resolution of 480p. MP4, MOV and MKV files encoded in H.264 and ASF/WMV files encoded in VC-1 can be displayed at a maximum resolution of 1080p.
Dolby Digital in MKV, MP4 and MOV movies is supported via pass through only. DTS in MKV movies is supported via pass through only. You must connect your Roku player via HDMI or S/PDIF (optical) to a TV or receiver capable of decoding Dolby Digital or DTS in order to hear videos with audio tracks in those formats.
Click here to see how to convert movies for playback on the Roku USB channel.
The table below outlines technical specification for supported video formats.