Application to mirror the screen and audio of your Mac to a Roku Streaming Player, Roku Streaming Stick or Roku TV (from Hisense, TCL, Insignia and Sharp).
You can also stream individual video files from your Mac to your Roku. Also, we included the option to watch one window on your Mac, and another window on your Roku!
In using the app, there will be a about 2 to 3 seconds of latency (lag). So this mirroring is not suitable for gaming.
However, it is very suitable for watching movies, giving presentations, watching photos, and much more!
The quality of your experience will be dependent on the quality of your local network. Some tips to enhance the experience:
1. Restart your router. Just take out the power plug, wait 10 seconds and put it back in. This resets your router and will make your home network faster and more stable. Why this works? Routers are in essence little computers, with software. Software will have small memory leaks and some processes will stop working correctly over time. That’s why it is a good idea to reset your router once in a while. Our recommendation: once a week.
2. Don’t do network intense work while screen mirroring. As explained, screen mirroring is network intense. For the best performance, don’t do other network intense work at the same time. This includes making timemachine backups over the network and uploading/downloading large files from the internet while screen mirroring.
3. Put your Mac and your Roku on the same router channel. Some routers (dual band) have create both a 2.4Ghz and a 5Ghz wireless network. For the best performance, put your Mac and your TV on the same network. Preferably the 5Ghz network. But definitely not the Mac on 5Ghz and the TV on 2.4Ghz, because that will negatively impact the performance of screen mirroring.
4. Use an AC or N router. Newer routers support Wifi AC and N. Older routers might only have Wifi B and/or G. B and G are not really up to scratch anymore for modern networking tasks, so go for an AC or N router. If your router supports AC and N, also make sure that your router is set to use either the Wifi N or Wifi AC networking.
How the app works:
First, make sure that your Roku is on the same local network and same subnet as your Mac. After launching the app, you will see the app icon appearing in the top bar of your Mac and the app will look for your Roku on the network. It will show your Roku when it has found it. Now, you have two options:
Mirror your Mac Screen:
Use this option to put the screen of your Mac on TV. In source, you can select which screen (or attached monitor) you want to display on TV. If you are running multiple applications on your Mac, you can also select which application window you want to see on TV.
Enable Sound: check this to hear the sound of your Mac coming from the TV. You will need the additional (free) audio driver, which you can download here: http://bit.ly/MirrorAudio
Play Video File:
Use this option if you have a video file on your Mac and you want to play just the file on TV. Drop it in the box and it will play on TV.
Settings (the icon in the bottom right of the app): click here to request support from our 24/7 support staff. They usually respond within 2 hours on any query that you might have. If your question is technical, please also include the diagnostics information.
Limitations: Apple has HDCP DRM protection for playing iTunes movies. This means that screen mirroring is not possible when watching movies from iTunes.
When you like the app, please don't forget to give it a positive rating! Thanks in advance from the AirBeamTV development team!
Please give us feedback by mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fixes an issue with different language settings for a Roku TV, Box or Stick
Ratings and Reviews
Great Little App!
We’ve tried various hardware methods to mirror my laptop to our television, but most of them tied me down close to the TV. With Mirror for Roku, I can sit where I can clearly see the television while mirroring my screen. This has come in quite handy for our homeschool humanities discussions (computer notes are much easier to share with everyone than taking pictures of the whiteboard and sending them out) and for working on French and logic with my daughters. Instead of crowding around a computer screen, we’re able to be more comfortable and we can all see clearly. It also includes audio, which is much easier to hear from our television’s speakers than from my computer speaker (essential for learning to speak another language!).
It’s not perfect (nothing in this life is), but it does the job we need it to do and at a much lower cost than hardware solutions.
Saved me from regret
When I purchased my Roku, I did so with the assumption that mirroring my Mac screen was going to be one of the things it just did. I was disappointed to find out it didn’t, almost to the point of wanting to return and buy something else. But I did a little research and found this app. Once you also download the audio drivers to be able to stream audio through the tv, this app is a Godsend. I watched an entire movie last night via the Starz site on my TV, which I’ve never been able to do before, and it was crystal clear in video and audio quality. The slight lag between computer and TV display could be a little annoying if you were trying to use it to give a presentation or something, but the fact is it works perfectly for what I need it for, and i couldn’t be happier!
Terrible for streaming videos. Usable for low quality presentations.
Bought this app because I didn’t want to have to go through the hassle of finding and purchasing a cord for my MacBook Pro as they’re usually overpriced imo. I just want to be able to stream sports games and movies from my MacBook onto my insignia TV. At first it seemed like this would be a really easy solution. But within 30 minutes of testing out a bunch of different media that I’d be using I found many problems.
First, the video quality worsens from the computer to the TV. I noticed that the picture on the TV would often have little skips. That’s not going to be ideal for good movie watching. And I’d hate to miss a touchdown pass because of that.
Second, I tried to play a movie that I bought off of iTunes and it wouldn’t play and gave me this message: “This movie can be played only on displays that support HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection).” No way around that really other than using a cable I guess.
These problems I could have easily avoided if the trial version was longer and I had more time to look into this stuff. But now I’m writing this 2 star review which of course hurts this apps chance of being purchased. I tried to get a refund by contacting them but they told me I have to do it through Apple, I tried through Apple and Apple told me I have to do it through the App company.
Developer Response ,
Thanks for taking the time to review us. Please find my answers to your comments before.
1. The video frame skips so that the video on TV can catch up with what is shown on your Mac. Usually these skips happens because the data was reaching the TV slower than it should have taken. Usually its due to network issue. Restarting the router could be one way to improve the performance of your network.
2. Yes you are correct. Videos from iTunes cannot be played on TV. Apple does this, so that users don't copy the video content and distribute it illegally. We have also mentioned this in the app store description. However, you should be able to mirror from all websites and other apps that don't block screen mirroring.
If you want to know more about this, please contact us either via email (email@example.com), Facebook Messenger or through ‘send diagnostic information’ from the app. Our support team is available 24/7 and would be glad to help you! Thanks!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.