VLC (VideoLAN Client) is an open-source media player allows you to play multimedia files. It supports all the video formats and media codecs. You can play contents from your local storage and as well as media files from online. VLC runs on the various devices, and operating systems include Android, iOS, Windows, Linux, Amazon Firestick, Roku and many more. It supports multi-track audio and subtitles, and you can watch all your movies and any other videos suitable subtitles. It is provided with the advanced controls that include synchronization, video and audio filters and many more.
Roku is a streaming media player that allows you to access both local and online streaming. It has a built-in app store, which contains all the Roku supported apps. Some of the popular streaming services on Roku are Amazon Prime, Netflix, YouTube, Sling TV, Hulu and more.
Can You Get VLC Media Player on Roku?
No, VLC is not an official media Player app on Roku Channels Store. You cannot directly install the VLC app on Roku. There is no way to sideload the app on to the Roku device.
Alternative Way to Get VLC on Roku
The Screen mirroring or casting is the only option to get VLC on Roku connected TV. For that your need to install VLC media player app on your Android smartphone or Windows/ Mac computer.
Cast VLC App on Android to Roku
Step 1: Connect your Roku to the TV.
Step 2: Connect your Android smartphone and Roku device to the same WiFi.
Step 3: Install VLC media player app on your smartphone.
Step 4: Now Open the settings app on your mobile device.
Step 5: Select Connection and sharing option.
Step 6: Select Cast option.
Step 7: Click on the Cast option to enable it. Now your smartphone search for the nearby devices to cast.
Step 8: Select your Roku device from the search result.
Step 9: Once your mobile device is connected with Roku, the TV screen display the contents of your Android phone.
Step 10: Now open the VLC media Player app and access your media files on your mobile, the same will be shown on the Roku connected TV screen.
Cast VLC App on Windows to Roku
Step 1: Connect your Roku device to your TV’s HDMI port.
Step 2: Connect your Roku and Computer with the same WiFi.
Step 3: Enable Screen Mirroring option on your Roku device.
Step 4: Install the VLC app on your Computer.
Step 5: Once the app is installed, Launch the app on your computer.
Step 6: Click on the notification icon on the bottom right corner.
Step 7: Select Connect option from the above appeared list.
Step 8: It will search for the nearby available device to connect.
Step 9: Click on your Roku device name from the search result to connect your desktop with the Roku TV screen.
Step 10: Now open the VLC player on your Desktop screen , same will be shown on your Roku connected TV screen.
VLC media player app on your device can play different video formats, and codes include MPEG, H.264, MKV, WebM, WMV, MP3, MP4 and many more. It is entirely a free media player app without any issues, and there are no ads in-between your streaming, it doesn’t allow any malware or spyware and never allows any outsiders to track your activities. VLC is available in various platforms, but Roku doesn’t. So you casting is the only way to watch VLC on your Roku connected TV screen.