“How can I stream DVD movies to Roku to watch DVD movies on TV freely? I have quite a big bunch of DVD discs and would like get big-screen movie effect on my TV. But I have no DVD player that could directly connects to TV. What I have is only a Roku, which was supposed to be able to stream these DVD movies to TV. How can I do this? How to stream DVD movies to TV over Roku streaming device?”
Actually, it would be extremely easy if you have a DVD player that could connect to your TV. You could then freely play back any DVD discs on TV. However, if you only get a Roku device (Roku streaming device or Roku TV) and TV but no DVD player, things will be different. You could still stream DVD movies to TV over Roku or directly stream DVD movies to Roku TV, but you have to get help from some 3rd-party tools. Well, in this guide, we are going to talk about this situation exactly. You will learn how to stream and play DVD movies over Roku devices (Roku TV, Stick or Box).
Part 1. A Brief Introduction to Roku
Firstly, let’s take a look at Roku. What is Roku? What can Roku do and how does Roku work? In short, a Roku is a device (made by the company Roku) that streams media (shows, movies, and even music) from the internet to your TV. The devices require minimal setup and connect to the internet the same way your PC does. Roku media streaming devices incorporate an operating system (OS) that allows users to access and manage internet streaming content.
Currently, there are 3 types of Roku devices available in the market: Roku Box, Roku Streaming Stick and Roku TV. A Roku Box can connect directly to your TV via , or through a home theater receiver, via HDMI (like a DVD or Blu-ray player). There are two models of Roku streaming sticks: the Standard Streaming Stick does not do 4K, but the Streaming Stick+ (plus) does. A Roku TV is an all-in-one solution that does not require the connection of an external box or stick to access internet streaming content as the Roku operating system is already built into the TV. The TV connects your broadband router either via Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection. TV brands that offer Roku TVs in their product lines include Hisense, Hitachi, Insignia, Sharp, and TCL. Roku TVs come in several screens sizes, and 720p, 1080p, and 4K Ultra HD versions are available.
Roku also provides a mobile app for iOS and Android devices that allow even more flexibility. The mobile app provides Voice Search, as well as duplicating several menu categories that are a part of the main Roku TV onscreen menu system, allowing you to control Roku devices directly from your phone.
Obviously, all Roku options have no DVD player for you to directly stream and play DVD movies over Roku or on Roku TV. Therefore, you have to turn to other solutions to stream DVD movies over Roku for playback. The below content would show you how to make DVD movies stream-able and playable over Roku.
Part 2. Best Tools to Rip DVD for Roku Streaming
Ripping and converting DVD movies for Roku is the best way for you to stream DVD movies over Roku devices in case you have no DVD player. Here, we would like to recommend you 3 DVD to Roku converter tools to convert DVD movies for Roku streaming on Mac and PC.
1. Leawo DVD Ripper
As a professional DVD to video converter, Leawo DVD Ripper could effortlessly decrypt, rip and convert DVD to video in different formats like DVD to MP4, DVD to WMV, DVD to MKV, FLV, F4V, etc. Also, it could act as a DVD audio ripper to extract audio off DVD movies and then save in MP3, AAC, and other audio formats. You could convert DVD movies for various devices such as converting DVD for iPhone, iPad, Android smartphone, Apple TV, etc. To meet your target device, Leawo DVD Ripper even allows you to adjust the output profile parameters like video codec, bit rate, aspect ratio, frame rate, audio codec, channel, etc. What makes Leawo DVD Ripper top is its disc decrypting performance: it could decrypt commercial CSS-DVD discs for converting and remove the DVD region codes. This feature is widely popular among worldwide users. The built-in handy video editor helps customize video effects, while the internal 2D to 3D converter creates 3D movies in different 3D effects. Other user-friendly features include: select subtitle and audio track, merge files into one, etc.
2. DVD Decrypter
DVD Decrypter is a free DVD ripper that can rip a DVD to a folder in the form of VOB and IFO files or just a single ISO file. The program interface is easy to navigate through because all the advanced settings are hidden away in the menus. There are lots of options in the settings like to split a ripped ISO file into 1 of 17 sizes, change the read speed, and associate DVD Decrypter with other file types (e.g., BIN, CDR, IMG). The interface can be difficult to navigate for more complex burning projects, and some options are for historical benefit and aren't really used much anymore. This is a wonderful DVD ripping tool but pitifully it’s no longer developed. But you could still get its last version for ripping DVD movies.
3. Freemake Video Converter
Freemake Video Converter is a free video converter program that can also directly rip a DVD to a number of different video formats like 3GP, ISO, MKV, and MP4, with specific presets that clearly indicate which you should choose for a video format that's compatible with your device. Some of these presets are set up for Android, Apple, BlackBerry, Sony, and Xbox devices. Before converting, you can add subtitles, include a DVD menu, and crop the video length. Freemake Video Converter is a wonderful choice in ripping DVD movies, but it’s a little bit out of date nowadays in both interface and output profiles available.
Part 3. How to Rip DVD Movies to Roku on PC/Mac?
All 3 tools mentioned above could help you easily rip and convert DVD movies. However, we can see that DVD Decrypter only outputs VOB and IFO files, while Freemake Video Converter doesn’t support streaming video output. What’s more, both of these 2 free DVD rippers have no support on decrypting commercial DVD discs. They even don’t have Mac version. On the contrast, Leawo DVD Ripper not only offers superb disc decrypting performance, but also enables people to adjust the parameters of output profile according to personal needs for most devices and media players currently. It even offers quite practical bonus features such as the internal 2D to 3D converter. Therefore, we would like to show you how to rip DVD movies for streaming over Roku with Leawo DVD Ripper.
Firstly, download and install Leawo DVD Ripper (it’s a module of Leawo Prof. Media) on your computer. Download the Mac version if you are running a Mac computer.
Step 1: Start Leawo Prof. Media and open the “Convert” module on the menu bar.
Step 2: On the “Convert” module, click the “Add Blu-ray/DVD” button to add source DVD movies from disc drive or computer folder. You could even add ISO image file here.
Note: 3 content loading modes are available: Full Movie (loading all content from source DVD), Main Movie (loading the longest title by default, which is generally the main movie, but allowing for changing) and Custom Mode (loading titles you would like to convert). Choose one according to your actual needs.
Step 3: Click the box right next to the “Add Photo” button and then on the drop-down panel choose “Change” option to enter the Profile panel, where you could freely choose MOV or AVI video from “Format” group, or directly choose Wii AVI Video or Wii MOV Video as output format from “Device > Others” group.
As mentioned above, Leawo DVD Ripper enables you to adjust video and audio parameters of selected output format. You need to do this on the Profile Settings interface, which is accessible by clicking the “Edit” option on the drop-down panel next to the “Add Photo” button.
Step 4: After setting output format, you could now click the big green “Convert” button. Then, on the popup sidebar on the right, set output directory to save output Wii AVI/MOV videos.
Finally, click the grey “Convert” button to start to convert DVD movies for streaming over Roku. The conversion will complete quickly.
Part 4. How to Stream Converted DVD Movies over Roku?
You could stream DVD movies to Roku with both USB media player and Plex media server. There is no need to go into the details of streaming DVD movies with USB media player to Roku: just plug in your USB drive, open the USB Media Player channel and browse through your movies, music and pictures. As for Plex, perhaps the easiest way to play your DVD on Roku, is to connect it to a Plex media server. Here is the detailed steps to stream DVD over Plex to Roku:
- Add the Plex channel to your Roku. Then download and launch Plex Media Server utility for Mac/Windows.
- Right-click to choose Plex Media Manager to set up the media you want to share with your Roku.
- Click Home Movies, then Add to make your ripped DVD movies selections. If that has been done, click Add Section.
- Now head to your TV, fire up the Roku, and choose the Plex channel. And you're free to play DVD on Roku with Plex
Now, you could freely play and watch DVD movies over Roku devices.