Dec 2, 2014

How to Stream DRM-ed iTunes Movies on Roku


Roku Streaming Player – Freely Stream Movies to Television

Roku, also known as Roku Streaming Player, is a series of set-top boxes manufactured by Roku to enable users easily stream the hottest movies, TV shows, music and more from various channels, including both free and paid ones, such as PBS, YouTube, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, Crunchyroll, WWE Network, HBO Go, Redbox and others to play on TV.

Roku vs Apple TV: Which is Better

As a direct competitor to Apple TV to stream online movies to TV, Roku is currently provided with 3 generations, which including Roku 1, Roku 2 and Roku 3 with different functions and prices range from $49.99 to $99.99, similar to Apple TV. But distinguished from Apple TV which is supposed to stream movies, TV shows and other video or audio files stored from local computer and iTunes library, Roku can not directly play movies and TV shows purchased or rented from iTunes Store due to DRM protection on those movies. Because of which, Apple TV is still the better option than Roku for iTunes users who want to stream movies from iTunes to Television.

Solution to Play iTunes Movies & TV Shows on Roku

While there are more and more Roku users need to stream iTunes movies and TV shows via Roku, solutions of how to play iTunes movies on Roku become urgent. As we know, all movies and TV episodes purchased or rented from iTunes are encrypted by DRM protection and not allowed to be streamed and copied to other non-Apple platforms, including Roku. So in order to play iTunes movies via Roku freely, we’ll have to bypass the DRM lock from iTunes movies and TV shows at first place. In this case, a third-party iTunes DRM removal tool, like TunesKitiTunes DRM Cracker for Mac could be the best solution to remove DRM restriction from iTunes movie rentals and purchases before streaming them to Roku.
TunesKit iTunes DRM Remover for Mac is the world's No1. DRM removal application for iTunes DRM movies on Mac OS X. It can strip iTunes DRM protection and change the DRM’d M4V iTunes videos to unprotected MP4 format with ease. The most valuable feature is that TunesKit will preserve 100% original quality by keeping the original subtitles (CC), AC3 5.1 surround audio track, etc.

Stream iTunes Purchased and Rented Movies via Roku 3

Now we will take Roku 3 for example to show you the guide on how to remove DRM and play iTunes movies with Roku 3 step by step.

Step 1. Add iTunes M4V movies to TunesKit. You can click "Add Files" button in the program to import the iTunes movie files directly. But if you save your iTunes movies and TV shows on an external hard drive,  you can simply drag and drop the files to TunesKit instead.

Step 2. Start to remove DRM from iTunes movies. After setting subtitles and audio tracks for the output video files, you should click the "Convert" button to start converting iTunes DRM M4V to MP4.

Step 3. Stream movies from iTunes to Roku 3. If you are trying to stream the iTunes movies to Roku 3 via iOS devices, you have to sync the iTunes movies to iOS device at first, then download Roku player app on your iOS device, and connect your iOS device to the same network as your Roku player, then stream the iTunes movies directly via Roku player app. If you prefer to stream iTunes movies to Roku on a Mac computer, you need to install Plex Media Server for help.

Tips: TunesKit iTunes DRM Video Converter for Windows is a great option when you need to remove iTunes DRM on Windows machines.