Roku adds quasi-Airplay functionality for iOS devices
Where the Apple TV lacks in channels compared to the Roku, it makes up for it with Apple’s proprietary Airplay technology. Roku, however, has updated its iOS app that now adds Airplay-like functionality to its products, but only for certain uses.
The new Roku app, available now on the App Store, allows iOS users to display any image or play back any video stored in the iOS Camera Roll to their television. This mirrors Apple’s Airplay technology that allows the same ability as well when it comes to the iOS Camera Roll. However, Roku users still won’t be able to mirror their device’s screen, or beam over YouTube or Netflix videos to their Roku. There are channels available at no charge on Roku for YouTube and Netflix.
The updated iOS Roku app and its quasi-Airplay functionality works with all Roku 3, Roku 2 (including the XD and XS), Roku HD, and Roku Streaming Stick models. Beyond this new feature, the updated Roku app brings the usual bug fixes and performance enhancements typically found in app updates.
Source: Apple Insider