Quickly Stream MKV files to Roku 3 for playing via USB

This tutorial will explain how you can enable Roku 3 read MKV files via USB, so that you can play MKV files over Roku without issue.


With up to 1080p HD video and extended-range, dual-band wireless performance, the Roku 3 takes streaming to the next level. You can freely enjoy your own media on Roku 3. (Apple TV vs. Roku 3 vs. Boxee Box vs. WD TV Play vs. Google TV) If you want to play movies I downloaded online which are in .mkv format, you will find the thing is, some MKV files do not show up on your dashboard/tablet app. What is the problem?

Hot Search: Why choosee MKV | DVD to Roku | Blu-ray to Roku | iTunes to Roku | AVI to Roku | MKV to Roku | Apple TV Column | PS4 Column | Roku Column | Chromecast Column

play mkv via Roku 3

After digging deeper into technical specs of the Roku 3, I found the corresponding answers. Though Roku USB channel has the ability to read and play MKV files, there are some restrictions on the MKV files. Roku USB Media Player channel only plays MKV files encoded with H.264 video codec and AAC/MP3/DTS/AC3 audio codec. If the MKV is encoded with other video or audio codec like MPEG-2, WAV and etc, we will fail to play MKV on Roku via USB drive, SD card or external HDD.


Hot SearchStream 3D Movies to Apple TV 4|Playable File Format for Apple TV | Roku Supported File Formats | Play MP4 Video on Roku

To solve Roku 3 won't play MKV files issues; a recommended fix is to convert MKV to Roku compatible video files. Along with some help from third party program like Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate, it can be done effortlessly. (Read the review) This video app is professional on fast transcoding MKV to Roku 3 with MP4 format (the most compatible video format for Roku) without quality loss. In addition, it not only supports MKV videos, but also handles various common video formats, like MXF. MTS, MOV, MP4, AVI, WMV .etc. For Mac users, iMedia Converter for Mac is also a helpful app to encode videos for further usage.

windows download
mac download
[Guide] How to play MKV files via Roku 3

1. Load original MKV files


Download, install and run MKV to Roku Converter. Click “Add Video” button on the main interface to load your MKV files to the program. (Drag&Drop function is included.)

mkv to roku converter

2. Select output format Click “Format” and choose MP4 from “Common Video” as output format, which can be recognized by Roku 3 easily.

Roku 3 video format

Tip: With the right settings you can retain the quality of the original videos while also saving space. This is particularly helpful when streaming over your network, depending on your network quality. Simply click Settings bar and you can tweak the settings to your satisfaction and even save it as preset.

Roku 3 video settings

3. Start MKV to Roku 3 Conversion Finally, hit the "Convert" button at the bottom of the main interface to start the conversion. It will automatically convert MKV to Roku compatible video files.

After the conversion, click "Open" to quickly find the converted movies. Then, transfer the converted videos to Roku’s SD card or to a USB stick that can be attached to Roku 3 streaming player.

How to Play Movies on Your Roku 3 from a USB Drive

  • Install the Roku Media Player channel, either through the Channel Store on your Roku or via Roku’s website.
  • Add the video file to your external USB drive from your computer. The Roku 3 can play MKV, MP4 and MOV files.
  • Connect the USB drive to the Roku 3′s USB port, located on the right side of the box.
  • Launch the Roku Media Player channel and select Videos.
  • Choose the drive that’s attached to the Roku 3.
  • Navigate to the folder that has the video file you want to watch. Click OK to open the folder.
  • Select the video to watch and click Play on the remote.
Roku 3 usb drive

You can also use the Roku Media Player channel to listen to music or view photos from a USB drive. Play an entire folder of music files by pressing Play on the remote while on a folder, or navigate to a specific track to play only that song. For photos, you can start a slideshow by pressing play while on a folder of photos.


Is that all of its features? Of course Not! Highly acclaimed as Swiss Army Knife, this versatile Ultimate Converter for Roku 3 also functions as a strong performer for ripping Blu-ray, DVD and convert any videos to Roku 3 supported formats.

Or get another DRM tool to convert iTunes movies to Roku 3 for playback.

Further Reading:

Write a comment

Comments: 70
  • #1

    Jim Hawley (Wednesday, 29 April 2015 20:42)

    Article says this process may be done "effortlessly". Well, I call B.S. on that. Having to convert files from one format to another is not "effortless". Neither is it "effortless" to have multiple copies of files, nor the additional storage requirement involved.
    Roku should support these codecs natively. Having to jump through hoops in order to play your videos is unacceptable. I have a Roku 3 but I also have a Western Digital player which is perfectly happy with MKV files........ and guess which one I use........ and recommend to others. ( hint : it's not Roku ).

  • #2

    What kind of bullshit title is this (Sunday, 03 May 2015 23:17)

    "Quickly Stream MKV files to Roku 3 for playing via USB"

    First you aren't streaming anything if you are playing it on a USB. Secondly you still are not playing an MKV file on the roku because you converted it. It's people like you that make the internet filled with 99.999% bullshit.

  • #3

    Cara Ampuh Menghilangkan Penyakit Kulit Psoriasis (Saturday, 05 September 2015 01:13)

    The information you provide quite satisfactory, thank you for sharing that knowledge for us all.

  • #4

    Obat yang Aman untuk Gastritis yang Sering Kambuh (Sunday, 13 September 2015 22:37)

    We are very grateful to you for sharing useful information and knowledge into a new for us, keep improving your posting further with better

  • #5

    Obat untuk Penyakit Dispepsia (Monday, 14 September 2015 04:13)

    article you create satisfying enough for me, hopefully more menginsfirasi again in the future, do not forget to also see my site

  • #6

    Cara mendeteksi kanker dan infeksi bisa diketahui lewat urin (Tuesday, 15 September 2015 20:19)

    Thanks for sharing of information is very useful for many people

  • #7

    Obat infeksi impetigo yang menular (Monday, 21 September 2015 03:00)

    I've read articles that you created, not bad for my information to add, thank you

  • #8

    Obat untuk virus rubella (Tuesday, 22 September 2015 02:42)

    article that you create very useful and necessary information for many people

  • #9

    Cara mengobati infeksi rubella pada ibu hamil (Tuesday, 22 September 2015 21:01)

    thank you for sharing the information that interests us all, may be beneficial for many people who read it

  • #10

    Pentingnya minyak ikan untuk mengurangi resiko penyakit (Thursday, 24 September 2015 21:15)

    we thank you very much to those of you who are already taking the time for the making of this article, so as to be useful for all of us

  • #11

    Obat Infeksi Tetanus pada Anak (Friday, 25 September 2015 04:18)

    we really appreciate the article that you created, and the result is quite satisfactory, but should be repaired so that the results are a little bit more perfect

  • #12

    Cara Menghaluskan Kaki yang Pecah Pecah (Monday, 28 September 2015 20:55)

    we are expecting the next post can be loaded in detail in order to add aesthetics to the reader, but this time the articles I've read can also inspire me and add science to me

  • #13

    Cara Terbaik Mengatasi Kulit Kepala yang Iritasi (Tuesday, 29 September 2015 04:22)

    thanks for sharing information very memorable and rewarding for everyone

  • #14

    Obat Kulit Berair dan Ruam Merah di Tubuh (Tuesday, 29 September 2015 22:16)

    article that you created quite so help me solve the problem, thank you for sharing to us all

  • #15

    Cara Cepat Menurunkan Trigliserida yang Meningkat (Thursday, 01 October 2015 02:22)

    Thank you for sharing the information very interesting, do not forget to click also our article, hopefully useful

  • #16

    Obat untuk Meningkatkan Jumlah Trombosit (Saturday, 03 October 2015 03:50)

    I think you made a hefty article satisfying hopefully better future, the spirit of gan ^^

  • #17

    Obat Herbal Gerd yang Paling Aman (Monday, 05 October 2015 01:39)

    thank you for sharing of information useful for me and other people who read it, hysterical passion

  • #18

    Pengobatan Lupus Pada Anak Secara Tradisional (Tuesday, 06 October 2015 01:48)

    of which I've read, it turns your article makes me memorable and found what I was looking for, thanks in advance

  • #19

    Cara Mengobati Gatal Eksim di Selangkangan (Thursday, 08 October 2015 01:31)

    I think your article is pretty good and really helped me in solving a problem, continue to increase again, and do not forget to visit our website :)

  • #20

    Cara Menyembuhkan Luka Caesar dengan Bahan Alami (Friday, 09 October 2015 20:50)

    posts that you make pretty good and I can understand it, continues to increase again, good luck brother, do not forget to visit my website too, thank you ^ - ^

  • #21

    Obat Tradisional Cacingan pada Anak (Sunday, 11 October 2015 20:50)

    articles you post that you make can greatly help me in solving a problem, continue to increase again

  • #22

    Obat Di Apotik (Friday, 16 October 2015 02:08)

    thank you post articles that are very useful for me, hopefully in the future, better yet, do not forget to visit my site

  • #23

    Obat penyakit jengger ayam pada wanita Obat penyakit jengger ayam pada wanita (Sunday, 29 November 2015 20:37)

    I think that you post the article very useful to all who read it, do not forget to read our article Also

  • #24

    Obat yang aman untuk menghilangkan psoriasis pada ibu hamil (Friday, 11 December 2015 20:28)

    thank you for visiting our website, your article is also very useful for us.

  • #25

    Obat Psoriasis (Friday, 18 December 2015 01:38)

    go to visit and share with others

  • #26

    Cara mengatasi nyeri kanker payudara stadium 1 (Tuesday, 22 December 2015 20:36)

    visit our website, help to share, thanks

  • #27

    Obat buah pelir kiri besar sebelah yang alami (Friday, 25 December 2015 20:55)

    thank you for visiting our website, may be useful and do not forget to help share

  • #28

    OBAT BUAH ZAKAR BESAR SEBELAH (Monday, 28 December 2015 20:41)

    Treatment of testicular great next to permanent cure drug use ace maxs large testicles next most efficacious, the most powerful and free from side effects, which you created the article is very useful to us, do not forget also help share our article, thanks

  • #29

    Obat untuk kantung/buah zakar yang besar sebelah (Tuesday, 05 January 2016 20:31)

    I agree with article you, Because it can giving information useful to companies. dont forget to share it to other again, thanks

  • #30

    Cara mengobati penyakit kulit psoriasis vulgaris (Wednesday, 06 January 2016 00:45)

    thanks for your visit to my website, i hope this article can give information it amazing for you. do not forget for sharing to other :)

  • #31

    Cara cepat mengobati jumlah sel darah putih yang naik (Friday, 08 January 2016 20:53)

    thanks for his attentions, we like you article, dont forget share this article to other

  • #32

    shanshuihuaa (Friday, 20 May 2016 07:40)

    You may use Avdshare Video Converter  can batch convert MKV to Roku compatible MKV with its original video quality step by step at http://www.avdshare.com/mkv-to-roku-converter

  • #33

    تنظيف مسابح (Sunday, 21 August 2016 05:37)

    thank you for all the information, hopefully with this article we can get the perfect result.

  • #34

    Obat Buah Zakar Besar Sebelah (Friday, 02 December 2016 00:45)

    i understand

  • #35

    seks telefony (Friday, 02 December 2016 08:13)


  • #36

    oczyszczenie aury (Sunday, 04 December 2016 14:07)


  • #37

    sextelefon (Tuesday, 06 December 2016 07:09)


  • #38

    text a psychic (Tuesday, 13 December 2016 11:59)


  • #39

    wrózby (Wednesday, 14 December 2016 05:49)


  • #40

    psychic readings (Wednesday, 14 December 2016 11:56)


  • #41

    tani sex tel (Monday, 19 December 2016 06:46)


  • #42

    miłosne rytuały (Wednesday, 28 December 2016 18:06)


  • #43

    anonse pań (Thursday, 29 December 2016 06:33)


  • #44

    Liebeszauber (Thursday, 12 January 2017 12:50)


  • #45

    sex tel (Monday, 16 January 2017 03:00)


  • #46

    seks randki (Tuesday, 17 January 2017 17:55)


  • #47

    endeavorfrazer (Monday, 23 January 2017 19:55)

    I recommend iDealshare VideoGo which can helps to play MKV on Roku with this guide https://www.idealshare.net/video-converter/roku-mkv.html

  • #48

    Obat Pembersih Rahim Tradisional (Sunday, 26 February 2017 22:06)

    i understand about an article thanks

  • #49

    wróżenie (Wednesday, 08 March 2017 06:38)


  • #50

    Testimoni Obat Kuat Hebral Hammer Of Thor (Monday, 20 March 2017 03:02)

    Terimakasih artikelnya sangat membantu

  • #51

    rytuał miłosny (Monday, 10 April 2017 04:54)

    rytuał miłosny

  • #52

    bandarq (Thursday, 11 May 2017)

    Thanks for this wonderful post and hoping to post more of this

  • #53

    Suplemen Obat Herbal Patah Tulang (Tuesday, 16 May 2017 01:33)

    Thank you for the information, this article is very helpful at all

  • #54

    Cara cepat dan aman menyuburkan sperma pria (Thursday, 18 May 2017 00:50)

    This information is very great, thank you very much

  • #55

    Cara alami mengatasi ejakulasi dini permanen (Friday, 19 May 2017 01:28)

    The information you provide is very good to add knowledge, thank you very much\

  • #56

    Cara penyembuhan ejakulasi dini yang aman (Sunday, 21 May 2017 23:34)

    Thank you for this excellent information

  • #57

    Bagaimana Cara Mengobati Cacar Air (Tuesday, 30 May 2017 02:34)

    Thanks for your valuable information. It really gives me an insight on this topic.I'll visit here again for more information.

  • #58

    Obat Herbal Untuk Menurunkan Kadar Kreatinin Tinggi (Friday, 02 June 2017 01:10)

    thank you for sharing the information that interests us all, may be beneficial

  • #59

    Cara Cepat Pembersih Rahim secara Herbal (Monday, 05 June 2017 01:52)

    i understand about an article thanks

  • #60

    Obat Alami Pembersih Rahim Pada Wanita Keguguran (Thursday, 08 June 2017 01:39)

    Thank you , very useful article

  • #61

    Cara Mengatasi Peranakan Turun Pada Wanita (Friday, 09 June 2017 23:05)

    articles were awesome and very helpful, thank you very much

  • #62

    Pengobatan Zakar Besar Sebelah Pada Pria (Saturday, 10 June 2017 02:46)

    This is an excellent blog post! Thank you for sharing with us!

  • #63

    Obat Penyakit Cacar Air (Tuesday, 13 June 2017 03:09)

    we thank you very much to those of you who are already taking the time for the making of this article, so as to be useful for all of us

  • #64

    Cara Mengobati Penyakit Jantung Secara Herbal (Wednesday, 14 June 2017 02:50)

    The article you share enough to help me in searching for health-related information, thank you for the information very useful.

  • #65

    Obat Penyakit Darah Tinggi Secara Herbal (Saturday, 17 June 2017 01:21)

    very interesting article , thanks

  • #66

    Obat Alami Pembersih Rahim Tanpa Kuret (Sunday, 18 June 2017 22:23)

    Thank you, very helpful

  • #67

    Obat Patah Tulang Dengan Herbal (Wednesday, 21 June 2017 01:49)

    Thanks for your valuable information. It really gives me an insight on this topic.I'll visit here again for more information.

  • #68

    Obat Ejakulasi Dini Secara Alami (Wednesday, 21 June 2017 02:50)

    This paper is very good, good for the made as a guide material

  • #69

    quilting (Thursday, 29 June 2017 07:20)

    Thanks for providing recent updates regarding the concern, I look forward to read more.

  • #70

    Cara Mengecilkan Miom Tanpa Operasi (Thursday, 20 July 2017 03:11)

    Thank you very much for the information , very fortunate to be able to visit a nice and useful articles like this, the success of our greetings