RokuGuide Review: The USB Media Player app allows you to view your own photos and videos and listen to your own music on your TV using your Roku, as long as you have a Roku model with a USB port.
If you have a USB-enabled Roku, then all you have to do is drop photos, videos, and music from your hard drive onto a thumb drive, plug it into your Roku USB port, and load the USB Media Player app, which is found under the Photos & Videos category in the Roku Channel Store. From there you'll be able to select music, photos, or videos. The app recognizes folders, so you can arrange photos by topic, and you can drop entire artist and album folders onto the USB drive. And you don't have to separate file types, the app will show files under the correct category (music, video, or photo), and will show only Roku-compatible files.
There aren't too many features to this app, but there are a couple of tips. Once you're in the music category, select a folder and press "play" on your remote in order to play all music within that album. When you're in photos, selecting a photo and pressing "play" will put the app into slideshow mode, scrolling through all photos in that folder.
The following file types are supported:
If you're encoding your own movies for playback, you should visit the Video Encoding for the USB Channel topic on the Roku Forums for information. Covered there are technical aspects such as embedded subtitles, recommended bitrates, and how audio tracks are handled. Other links for information on file types and video encoding are shown below.
Developer's Channel Description: Plug in your USB drive to your Roku player and enjoy your digital movies, music and photos on your TV. Supports popular file types such as MP4 (H.264), MKV (H.264), MP3, AAC, JPG and PNG.
CHANNEL STORE CATEGORY: Photos & Videos