How to Cast from Firefox to Roku
There are many things you can do on your Roku device. For example, you can send videos from Firefox to your Roku. This is useful for people who are on their phones a lot, but they want to view videos on a large screen.
Obviously, a TV screen is much better for viewing any video than a phone screen. If you are unsure how to do this, you are not alone. Roku doesn’t explain it very well on their official website, but don’t worry. We’ll explain how to send Firefox to Roku in great detail, so read on.
Firefox to Roku Casting Requirements
What you are about to do is called casting, and it has nothing to do with modeling. You can cast a video from one device to another in order to experience a better streaming experience. Since Roku is all about that, they made this possible, even for Firefox users.
First things first, you need to add the Firefox channel to your Roku device. This channel is free, and here is a link you can follow to add it. This will allow you to watch videos from Firefox on your Roku. However, there is a catch.
Unfortunately, Firefox casting to Roku only works on Android devices. There is still no iOS or Windows support, even though people requested it for years now. If you have an Android phone, download the Firefox Browser from the official Google Play Store.
Finally, make sure that your Android device and your Roku are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Now, you are ready to send Firefox videos to Roku.
How to Cast Firefox Videos to Roku
Follow these steps and easily cast Firefox to Roku:
- Before you begin, make sure you have the latest version of Firefox on your Android, and make sure your Roku system is up to date.
- Start Firefox on your Android phone. Go to a website that has videos supported by Roku (MKV, MOV, MP4, and WMV formats). You can try with CNN’s website, which has videos in a supported format.
- If the video format is supported, but it won’t play, try disabling the Adobe Flash Player on your phone.
- Play the video in your phone’s Firefox browser.
- Soon enough, after the ads finish, you should see a Cast icon (Wi-Fi symbol inside a rectangle) on the video playback toolbar or the website’s address bar. Tap it.
- You’ll enter the Send to Device window. Go through the list until you find Roku. Select it.
- After the video loads, it should play on your TV screen.
- You’ll be able to control the video playback from your phone, at the bottom of your screen. If you prefer, you can also the Roku remote.
Why Is This Neat?
This can come in handy more than you think. For starters, people without a Roku remote can use their phone instead of the remote. In combination with the Roku Android app, this makes the physical remote totally redundant.
The other reason why Firefox casting to Roku is neat is simplicity. Why bother watching a video on a small Android screen when you can watch it on your big screen? In a sense, Roku can turn your regular TV into a smart TV.
You know how much a quality smart TVs cost, so you can appreciate the added value of your Roku. It is not an ideal solution, but they are constantly improving their service.
Once again, this feature only works on Android devices. Unfortunately, you can’t do it on any other platform. This is a letdown for iOS or Windows users, but what can you do? In fact, there is a way to cast content from your iOS or Windows directly to Roku, without the Firefox browser.
It is a totally different topic, but it is worth the mention. Also, Roku should expand the supported video format list to include other popular formats, so that you can cast more videos to it.
Hey, before (in 2014) you could only view MP4 videos, so they definitely improved the format selection already.
Firefox on Roku
That wasn’t hard, right? You can enjoy viewing your favorite websites on Firefox through Roku now, instead of viewing them on a tiny mobile screen. Hopefully, your favorite sites use the supported video formats.
If you are wondering about casting YouTube, it is different and it doesn’t work through Firefox. You need to use the YouTube Roku channel and the proprietary app, but let’s save that for another day. What websites do you like watching the most on Roku? Let us know in the comments below.