When will Roku get it’s own version of AirPlay? This question has been asked many times by hopeful
Roku owners. The answer, is that It already has. This is possible because of a little known and little written about private channel for the Roku called trimeplay. Trimeplay allows users to send internet based videos from multiple websites from a mobile device to a Roku. In our case we used an iPad 4. Attempts to replicate the functionality with a Kindle Fire and a windows based laptop were unsuccessful. While we cannot confirm this for certain it appears that trimeplay mimics AirPlay in the respect that it is only possible to use trimeplay when the video is viewed on a compatible Apple AirPlay device.
Where Do You Get It?
Like other Roku Private channels trimeplay is not listed in the Roku channel store. The channel code for trimeplay appears in the GitHub, a software development cooperative but interested Roku users can save time and energy and add the TrimePlay channel by clicking here.
Limitations of Trimeplay
First of all trimeplay only emulates AirPlay and does not yet allow for mirroring. At the moment, TrimePlay does not function in conjunction with official IOS apps. This means you can not use TrimePlay to view videos from the NBC or CBS app. In order to use TrimePlay you must be on a website that already has video content.
TrimePlay MAC Address issue
Recently the developer of TrimePlay put out a message explaining that TrimePlay users were going to have to supply their MAC Addresses in order to use the service. We put together a simple guide as to how to access this information. Click here to take a look.
How Do You Use Trimeplay To Watch Videos?
Step 1: Open the trimeplay channel. It will display the text waiting for connection. Step 2: Using an AirPlay compatible device ( IOS devices running IOS 4.3 or later) navigate to a website that has video content. Step 3: Start the video of your choice. Step 4: access the AirPlay launcher on your device. Step 5: Close the AirPlay settings Step 6: Press play on your IOS device again.
To do this with IOS 7 swipe up from the bottom of any screen. This will access the IOS 7 control center. From there click the AirPlay logo. This will bring up a list of Airplay capable devices. If the Roku trimeplay channel is selected the Roku will appear on the list. Pre IOS 7 users can access AirPlay settings by double clicking the home button (AKA the circular physical button at the bottom of your device) and swiping to the right. This brings up the iTunes controls. Click the AirPlay button . Select your Roku device. It should appear at the bottom of the list of any every other available AirPlay enabled device. In some cases you may have to click the play button to launch the video.
Not Perfect But Getting There
Trimeplay is a bit clunky and in some ways limited but it is the first app we have seen that emulates AirPlay in this way. There are many websites for instance TNT’s NBA Overtime which provides a multiple camera angle game experience taking NBA fans straight to the sidelines of TNT’s biggest games as well as this available for viewing with the addition of the trimeplay channel. A quick search for Websites to watch TV shows on should pull up numerous compatible websites that can utilize airplay functions and be viewed via the Roku.