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Help & troubleshooting for channels on your Roku device, including adding/removing channels, logging in to, authenticating, or activating a channel, channel-specific playback issues, assistance contacting channel publishers to report issues, and adjusting channel-specific settings.
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Whatthehellcani
Level 7

How do i add Facebook app to my Roku?

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Need step by step directions to add facebook app to my Roku

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Fivefri
Level 7

Re: Facebook Video (cast) and/or Screen Mirroring - Corona Virus era (Android or Windows - MS Surfac

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On my Samsung phone, there's a function called Smartview which allows me to cast anything from my phone to the TV via Roku. I believe you just need to enable screen mirroring on the Roku first. Works great for us!

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Kjstech
Level 9

Re: Facebook

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There's a little something called "incentive".  Sure Roku doesn't write the apps, but they could incentivize facebook and even collaborate with them on it.

The other problem is Apple and Facebook for iOS.  While many iOS apps have a cast button, like YouTube and Netflix for example show destinations like my xbox one and two Roku's... the Facebook IOS app does not.  Facebook is just using iOS's built in cast library which only seems to work on Apple TV or an AppleTV emulation program you can install on a PC (no help to roku).  Even installing the Apple TV app on Roku and ensuring its launched... it still does not show up as a destination for casting to.

So its a pretty tough problem with at least two bullheaded companies (Facebook and Apple).  Roku I'm sure - at least in theory - would be more than happy to have a facebook app... but they can't write it themselves.  They would probably be sued by Facebook for reverse engineering and using their intellectual property.  All Roku can do is incentivize facebook.  Provide them with all the top notch developer support they need.  Provide them with documentation and prove that development will have reach.  Maybe that means disclosing sales figures, number of live Roku accounts, demographic information... the kind of stuff Facebook drools over.

Madcatin
Level 7

Re: Facebook

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I use iWebTV and it works great, you can use it for any movies that plays through browsers.

 

download iWebTV on iPhone and Roku, open the site in your iWebTV from iPhone, play the movie and if stream is found iWebTV on your iPhone will show the option where to telecast and select the roku, it will play the live feed on tv

 

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PV
Level 7

Re: Facebook Video (cast) and/or Screen Mirroring - Corona Virus era (Android or Windows - MS Surfac

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Was watching AARP video movie on iPad and someone said they could view on roku tv. How can I do that?

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atc98092
Level 21

Re: Facebook Video (cast) and/or Screen Mirroring - Corona Virus era (Android or Windows - MS Surfac

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@PV wrote:

Was watching AARP video movie on iPad and someone said they could view on roku tv. How can I do that?


iOS does not support casting to a Roku device. It's possible that the Chrome browser might have something internal that allows casting, but I tried that on my iPhone without success. Perhaps on an iPad it might, since the UI is designed for the larger screen. But I've never been able to view anything on an iOS device on a Roku device. 

Dan
Roku Stick (3600), Ultra (4640), Ultra (4670), Ultra (4800), Premiere (3920), Insignia 720p Roku TV, Sharp 4K Roku TV, Nvidia Shield, Windows 10 Pro x64 running Serviio and Plex on a wired Gigabit network.
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CantHearMyself
Level 7

Re: Facebook

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I am able to cast directly from my Windows 10 laptop to Roku. From your Windows desktop, just click on the notifications icon on the far right of your task bar, select Connect, select Roku from the list and poof, your computer screen (with sound) is on your TV screen,  NO extra software needed.  

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Ddeitt
Level 7

Re: Facebook Video (cast) and/or Screen Mirroring - Corona Virus era (Android or Windows - MS Surfac

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On your Samsung phone, use the "smart view" button in the quick view panel. You can Google how to find it if you don't know how. Once you click on it (as long as you're on the same wifi as your tv) you'll see the tv pop up to mirror to. 

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rwlongpre
Level 7

Re: Facebook Video (cast) and/or Screen Mirroring - Corona Virus era (Android or Windows - MS Surfac

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I purchased a micro computer on Amazon for $100. Connected to my  main TV via HDMI and control with a wireless keyboard/mouse. The PC runs Windows 10. Easy to log into Facebook or watch any internet broadcast event. The PC is a Minisform and supports WiFi. I purchased it a while ago so It's probably more expensive now.

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hharriola
Level 7

Re: Facebook

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I was able to solve this issue by downloading "Web Video Caster" on Android and my Roku device, this app would let you play any web video content to Roku. I then accessed Facebook from the app and it worked like a charm!