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GaryG1
Level 8

Sending a movie from android to tv using roku/wifi?

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I have no knowledge about this. It may be a cinch for a techie but I'm not.

I have a ROKU 3, the ROKU app on my android, and a TV (I don't think it's a smart TV). Can I bring up on my android a movie from TUBI and watch it on my TV?

Thank You, Gary

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boogernose
Level 18

Re: Sending a movie from android to tv using roku/wifi?

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yes there is a TUBI app in Android Play Store and

also a TUBI channel available from ROku Channel store.

You could mirror it but why not just get the TUBI channel?

I watch it regularly.

Streaming Channels>>featured>>TUBI

---A problem clearly stated is a problem half solved---.

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AvsGunnar
Level 10

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Hey, we all have different levels and types of streaming needs

First, completely disregard the rokify, castify, and Web Caster apps I mentioned before.  Uninstall those from your device.  (Forget about those). 

For clarity, the Tubi you installed on your Roku Device should be referred to as the Tubi Channel.  (Tubi Channel)

The Tubi on your Android is the Tubi Channel Application. (Tubi App)

Unfortunately, we all kind of use the term App interchangeably. 

To keep it simple for you for now, there is no real easy way to just select a show on your Android Tubi App, press a button, and have it play it on your TV. 

In order to watch Tubi on your TV, it is best right now to launch the Tubi Channel on your Roku, learn to navigate the menus (like the search menu described in previous post)  and watch the Tubi content that way.

 

Now, I hesitate to add this a possibility for you, but this may work if your Android device is capable in order for you to cast your Tubi App to your Roku.  But if you must try then so be it...

1. Get your Roku to Home Screen of TV.

2. Launch your Android Tubi App, find your show and play it on your Android.

3. On your Android, there is a Cast Button (a little rectangle with a few antenna waves on it).  If you press it, you may see a box pop up on your Android that shows your Roku device.  You then select that Roku device, and another box will pop up on your TV saying "connecting" or the like.  If a successful connection the media will stream to your TV.  Now, not all Android devices can do this, so may not work for you.

That's it.  There is no reason to do this with Tubi since it is available as a Roku Channel.  But this does come in handy when there is no Roku Channel associated or it is just plain easier to use the App based layout than the Roku Channel layout.

 

Did I make it clearer, or more confusing for you?

 

 

 

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boogernose
Level 18

Re: Sending a movie from android to tv using roku/wifi?

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yes there is a TUBI app in Android Play Store and

also a TUBI channel available from ROku Channel store.

You could mirror it but why not just get the TUBI channel?

I watch it regularly.

Streaming Channels>>featured>>TUBI

---A problem clearly stated is a problem half solved---.

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AvsGunnar
Level 10

Re: Sending a movie from android to tv using roku/wifi?

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@GaryG1 wrote:

Can I bring up on my android a movie from TUBI and watch it on my TV?

Thank You, Gary


This is how you can build on your Roku's streaming abilities in order to be able stream content (a show, a movie, etc) that isnt available on Roku's built in apps.  Basically you can "almost" stream any media you can play on your computer on your TV through the Roku. (basically web browser streamable content, photos, music, etc). 

For Android, look in the Play Store for the apps Web Video Caster and Castify (you can also use Rokify which is Castify but developed for Roku users).  These are not Roku developed programs, these are 3rd party apps.  These can be used for free but for a few dollars will open more features.  Totally usuable in the free state.

In both apps on your phone/tablet, you just use the Web Browser, load the content, and then it will push that media through your Roku onto your tv.  You can then use your phone/tablet or Roku remote to ff, rew, pause, etc.

Both come with easy tutorials how to use.  Web Video Caster will place an actual channel on your Roku Screen (it does nothing other than act as a receiver).  Castify & Rokify will just use your Roku.

It may seem a little complicated/confusing at first, but you will eventually see what is capable of doing. 

Just remember to have your Roku and your Android device on same wireless network when using these web casting apps.

GaryG1
Level 8

Re: Sending a movie from android to tv using roku/wifi?

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I went as far as I could using your method. It seemed the simplest) but I hit a dead end.

Initially, on my android, I started the tubi app. On the first page was a Sherlock Holmes movie I'd like to see. After reading your reply I changed the source on my TV from tv to roku. I found the tubi channel and opened it. There are tons of movies in different categories. In no way can I find the Holmes one out of all of them. What now?

(On the android I have the Tubi app, the roku app, and the castify app (as suggested by the other viewer who responded).

Gary

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AvsGunnar
Level 10

Re: Sending a movie from android to tv using roku/wifi?

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@GaryG1 wrote:

I went as far as I could using your method. It seemed the simplest) but I hit a dead end.

Initially, on my android, I started the tubi app. On the first page was a Sherlock Holmes movie I'd like to see. After reading your reply I changed the source on my TV from tv to roku. I found the tubi channel and opened it. There are tons of movies in different categories. In no way can I find the Holmes one out of all of them. What now?

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If all you want to do is watch a show from TUBI, use the TUBI channel from within the Roku itself.

After you launch TUBI, look at all those icons on the left in a vertical row.  You need to use your left navigation arrow and then your up button to highlight the one that looks like a magnifying glass.(3rd from top)  That is the SEARCH button. Press OK. (A new screen pops up)

Then type in Sherlock Holmes.  About 20 popped up.  Then select the one you want.

If first time using TUBI (and a lot of other channels) it may ask to sign-in/sign-up.  TUBI is free so signing up helps keep browsing history, preferences, etc nice and consolidated.  Basically you are just creating a user account.  Some of the free channels require/ask for sign-up, others do not.

 

Don't worry about the castify option, I thought you wanted to cast from your android for something different.  Now I realize you were just trying to watch TUBI.  Sorry for adding confusion.

Hope that helps.


 

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GaryG1
Level 8

Re: Sending a movie from android to tv using roku/wifi?

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I didn't get far as far as I hoped with boogernose's answer. You can see my level of understanding. This is new territory for me.

On my android I have the Tubi, roku, and castify apps. I don't know if rokify needs to be there too or instead. As I mentioned, I want to see tubi movies on my TV. Initially the tubi app's first page listed a Sherlock Holmes movie. I want to view it on my TV.

After reading your directions I tried to grasp what the apps do and how they work together. I wasn't successful. When you said to use "both apps" I don't know which apps, or how to use them together - with a browser - to "load the content". Or what "push through Roku", or "web Video Caster" should mean to me. I'm completely out of my depth.

Before I can get anything out of tutorials I need a better idea of what each app does for me. You're absolutely right when you say complicated and confusing. Can you break things down a little more for me?

Gary

 

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AvsGunnar
Level 10

Re: Sending a movie from android to tv using roku/wifi?

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Hey, we all have different levels and types of streaming needs

First, completely disregard the rokify, castify, and Web Caster apps I mentioned before.  Uninstall those from your device.  (Forget about those). 

For clarity, the Tubi you installed on your Roku Device should be referred to as the Tubi Channel.  (Tubi Channel)

The Tubi on your Android is the Tubi Channel Application. (Tubi App)

Unfortunately, we all kind of use the term App interchangeably. 

To keep it simple for you for now, there is no real easy way to just select a show on your Android Tubi App, press a button, and have it play it on your TV. 

In order to watch Tubi on your TV, it is best right now to launch the Tubi Channel on your Roku, learn to navigate the menus (like the search menu described in previous post)  and watch the Tubi content that way.

 

Now, I hesitate to add this a possibility for you, but this may work if your Android device is capable in order for you to cast your Tubi App to your Roku.  But if you must try then so be it...

1. Get your Roku to Home Screen of TV.

2. Launch your Android Tubi App, find your show and play it on your Android.

3. On your Android, there is a Cast Button (a little rectangle with a few antenna waves on it).  If you press it, you may see a box pop up on your Android that shows your Roku device.  You then select that Roku device, and another box will pop up on your TV saying "connecting" or the like.  If a successful connection the media will stream to your TV.  Now, not all Android devices can do this, so may not work for you.

That's it.  There is no reason to do this with Tubi since it is available as a Roku Channel.  But this does come in handy when there is no Roku Channel associated or it is just plain easier to use the App based layout than the Roku Channel layout.

 

Did I make it clearer, or more confusing for you?

 

 

 

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GaryG1
Level 8

Re: Sending a movie from android to tv using roku/wifi?

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Gentlemen, I drafted a nice reply for the both of you, then must have hit a wrong button and the whole reply disappeared. So I'll be brief in case it happens again.

With input from both of you, I found a Samsung feature in the Status drop-down called Smart VIew. I enabled it, went through hoops with ROKU and its tubi channel, the ROKU remote, the TV remote, and the phone itself. I can see the icon that must be part of one solution but it never enabled. I did get the tubi movie I wanted to display on the TV (not a smart TV).

Now I'm content, thanks to both of you. Enjoy your week!

Gary

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AvsGunnar
Level 10

Re: Sending a movie from android to tv using roku/wifi?

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Good to hear Gary.  Sometimes multiple ways to get the same thing accomplished on these devices.  As you did, you have to find the way that works the easiest and best for you.  Take care.

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