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cheld
Level 7

Output Roku Ultra to view on iPad? (yes you read that correctly)

OK, to quote Talking Heads:
"You may ask yourself, 'Well, why would I do that?'"

The idea is to have a USB drive of videos plugged in to the Roku Ultra, and be able to view that content on the iPad.  We are parents of a toddler and don't want to put a permanent TV in her room, but we'd like to be able to play a Disney movie MKV file once in a while.

So:
Roku -> iPad, yea or nay?
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Basil
Level 10

Re: Output Roku Ultra to view on iPad? (yes you read that correctly)

"cheld" wrote:
OK, to quote Talking Heads:
"You may ask yourself, 'Well, why would I do that?'"

The idea is to have a USB drive of videos plugged in to the Roku Ultra, and be able to view that content on the iPad.  We are parents of a toddler and don't want to put a permanent TV in her room, but we'd like to be able to play a Disney movie MKV file once in a while.

So:
Roku -> iPad, yea or nay?

No.

Your best solution would be to use a utility -- Handbrake is free -- to put the movies in iTunes format. If you use Handbrake, there's an iPad setting. Then, use iTunes to copy the movie to the iPad.
Basil
https://www.basilsblog.com/
Roku Ultra (4660)
Apple TV (5th gen), TiVo

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atc98092
Level 16

Re: Output Roku Ultra to view on iPad? (yes you read that correctly)

Another option is to stream to the iPad via DLNA to a supporting app, such as VLC. Then your media remains on a computer on your network, the media would not have to be altered to a different format, you don't have to worry about how much storage the iPad has, and you can then also stream the media to other devices within your home, such as the aforementioned Roku or a Smart TV. Since any media that would play on the Roku would most likely play on the iPad without issue, VLC would be a pretty easy way to play them. And you don't have to spend money to buy DLNA server software. There are many available products. Plex would also work well, as there's an iOS app for it and Plex server is available at no cost. 
Dan
Roku Stick (3600), Ultra (4640), 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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