Roku has announced a software update for its media streaming devices that will allow users to mirror their Android, Windows and Windows Phone screens to the HDTV that's connected to the Roku. This solution, currently in beta, appears to be based on Miracast and could be a good wireless display solution for those who already have a recent Roku.
"Screen mirroring is one of the simplest ways to share any type of content with those around you, and you won’t need additional apps or software," Roku director of product management Lloyd Klarke writes in a blog post announcing the functionality. "All you'll need is a compatible device with mirroring capabilities. Once you turn on mirroring for your phone, tablet or laptop, you can pair with your compatible Roku player and whatever you see on your mobile device is exactly what will be displayed on your TV."
This capability will appear only on Roku's two most recent devices, the Roku 3 and the Roku Streaming Stick. According to the firm, it's rolling out now but I've checked my Rokus (I have one of each) and I don't have it yet. I guess it could take a few weeks.
But this is clearly Miracast. It works with Android 4.4.2 (and higher) and Windows 8.1 and with select Windows Phone handsets that support Miracast. You can find a complete list of compatible devices here.
Roku also offers other ways to stream or cast content from a mobile device to the Roku. A Play On Roku feature in its Roku mobile app for Android, iOS and Windows Phone lets you send music, photos and videos from your smartphone or tablet to an HDTV through a Roku. And if you have a Roku 3 or Roku Streaming Stick, you can use mobile apps like Netflix and YouTube to cast videos from your smartphone or tablet to your HDTV.