Roku Officially Rolls Out ‘USB Media Player Channel’

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Got a USB equipped Roku XD|S or HD-XR (previous generation) player? Well, Roku has just launched their USB Media Player Channel, which enables user to playback their photos, music, and videos stored on a USB drive. As you can see from the chart above, video formats supported are mainly of the H.264 variety, though WMV9/VC-1 is also supported. The device can also display subtitles via a user included .SRT file (must be in the same folder as the video). Other media formats the device can playback include: MP3, AAC, JPG, PNG. Still no word when users will get DLNA/UPnP support — but at least we know now it will come through a channel, if it ever does.

Additional comments from Roku:

To show cover artwork for a video or movie, save a JPG file with the cover artwork under the same name as the video or movie and place both files together in the same folder.

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.

Only supported video and movie 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.

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  • Tech Tip

    Thanks for sharing it with us..

  • Buddy Scalera

    It was easy enough to install the Roku USB channel, including a minor software patch. It didn’t even require a restart.

    Interesting, I got the MP4 files and JPGs to play perfectly. The WMV seemed to choke a little. Maybe they’ll need to update the channel every so often.