How to Play Any AVI File on Roku Device? (Two Methods)

Method 1: Convert AVI to Roku Format; Method 2: Play AVI via DLNA Servers

If you have a Roku device and always like to use it to play your personal video files you must ensure that your video file is one of Roku supported video formats. From Roku official website, we can learn that all Roku devices can well support to play H.264/AVC in MKV, MP4 and MOV format and some relatively newer Roku devices with 4K support also get to play 4K video in H.265/HEVC with MKV, MP4 and MOV formats, VP9 with MKV and WEBM formats and H.262 with MKV format. So you will have no playback problem when you plan to play one of these above videos on your Roku, but things will be different and you will have failure if you try to play one unsupported video format file, such as AVI, on your Roku. How to solve that? The following article just introduces two popular methods to help you to solve this problem easily.

Method One: Convert AVI to Roku H.264/AVC (.MKV, .MP4, .MOV)

From the above, we learned that AVI format file is not supported by Roku device and here, we can use a professional AVI to Roku converter to convert the unsupported AVI to Roku device best supported MKV H.264, MP4 H.264 or MOV H.264.

Avdshare Video Converter is just designed for this purpose and with Avdshare Video Converter, any AVI file from any source can be easily converted to any Roku device best supported MKV, MP4 or MOV without any quality loss.

Besides, it can also support to convert other unsupported FLV, WMV, WTV, AVCHD, RMVB, F4V, etc to any Roku device supported video formats.

It will have no quality loss during AVI, FLV, WMV, WTV, etc to Roku format conversion process.

This Avdshare Video Converter will provide 90X faster conversion speed to complete AVI to Roku conversion.

Furthermore, this Avdshare Video Converter supports to convert any unsupported video format to any iOS device, any Android device, PSP, Xbox or to any other device supported video format.

Guide on Converting AVI to Roku Supported Video Formats

You can follow the guide below to easily convert your AVI file to your Roku device best supported MKV, MP4 or MOV.

Make Preparation: Free download AVI to Roku Converter

Free download the professional AVI to Roku Converter - Avdshare Video Converter (for Windows, for Mac), install and then launch it, the following interface will pop up.

Step 1 Import AVI Video file

You can import your AVI file by clicking the Add File button. You can also use the Drag&Drop feature to import your AVI file. Batch converting many AVI files to Roku supported video formats at one time is also well supported.

Step 2 Specify MP4 H.264 as output

You can simply select Roku device more supported MP4 H.264, MOV H.264 or MKV H.264 as the output format by clicking the Profile button>General Video category.

Step 3 Complete the conversion work

One last step is to click the Convert button to get your AVI file easily converted to your Roku device best supported MP4 H.264, MOV H.264 or MKV H.264.

Method Two: Play AVI via DLNA Servers

You can also use DLNA server to play the AVI files on your other devices, but your other devices and Roku must share the same network. You can use the following DLNA servers on your Roku to play your AVI files:

  1. Windows Media Player/Center
  2. Serviio
  3. Plex
  4. Twonky
  5. MiniDLNA/ReadyDLNA/ReadyMedia
  6. PlayOn

The following will take how to use Plex to help you to play AVI files on your Roku device.

Step 1: Make sure that Plex Media Server is installed on your computer or other devices.

Step 2: Go to to obtain Plex Media Server GUI for your PC. Install it and log in with your Plex account.

Step 3: Hit the 'Select Player' button and then continue to hit Cast and then Connect Plex Media Server with your Roku.

Step 4: Open your Roku and add Plex by searching from 'Streaming Channels'.

Step 5: Log in your account and then try to open your AVI file on your Roku and it will work.