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Using Roku on my iMac

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I currently have Roku on my TV.   I would also like too have it on my iMac.  What should I but to accomplish that

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atc98092
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If you mean to display the Roku output on your Mac, no it's not possible without adding some sort of video input to your Mac. Computers rarely have video inputs. This is usually done with a video capture card that has an HDMI input. Other than the fact that many Macs have an outstanding display, I can't think of any reason to do this. And chances are that Mac display has an HDMI input you could connect to the Roku. 

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

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atc98092
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Re: Using Roku on my iMac

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If you mean to display the Roku output on your Mac, no it's not possible without adding some sort of video input to your Mac. Computers rarely have video inputs. This is usually done with a video capture card that has an HDMI input. Other than the fact that many Macs have an outstanding display, I can't think of any reason to do this. And chances are that Mac display has an HDMI input you could connect to the Roku. 

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

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You're correct I  do not have an HDMI input.   I have found several USB to HDMI converter on Amazon starting at $20.   If I purchased one of those can you tell me which Roku unit would be appropriate 

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atc98092
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I'm pretty sure the HDMI to USB adapter is to provide the computer with another video output, not function as an HDMI input. You need an actual video capture device, either an internal card or external box. I have one, but it doesn't have an HDMI input. And even then you can only view the input within the capture software application, not just display it on your Mac's display. Also, there's something called DHCP, which is a data protection feature. If you connect an HDMI device with DHCP enabled to a display (or the capture device) that doesn't have a matching HDCP connection, they will not handshake or allow the signal to pass. 

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