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Dropbox Arrives On Roku With An App For Viewing Your Personal Photos And Movies

Dropbox has launched on the Roku, with an app that allows you to view the photos and videos you have stored in your account directly on your TV by manner of Roku’southward streaming media player. The new app itself is simple to use – you lot can browse through your folders, view thumbnails and slideshows, and even search for items past proper noun.

Merely look, I know what you’re thinking: Does this mean you can at present use Dropbox to lookout your entire digital moving picture collection, beyond merely your abode videos? Apparently non at this fourth dimension.

The app’s launch was spotted before today past Dave Zatz, who suggested that Dropbox’s arrival could make for an interesting competitor to Plex or perchance a way to store exported TiVo recordings, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. At least, non at this indicate.

After uploading a handful of movie files in the following formats – .mkv, .avi, and .mp4 – I constitute that Dropbox on the Roku was able to play each file, merely not the entire thing. Each file was roughly two hours long, and only under 2 GB in size. The files themselves worked fine in other media players and would play in their entirety from Dropbox on the spider web or in the Dropbox mobile app. Nevertheless, via the Dropbox Roku app, the files were only around 14 to 15 minutes long – indicating there is a limit on what you can view via the Dropbox Roku app.

Meanwhile, shorter videos uploaded from my iPhone’due south Camera Curl (.mov) played only fine.

In other words, Dropbox is not ready to be home to your pirated moving picture drove. (Non that mine were
movies, of course.
Ahem. But let’due south say they were…information technology would only be for the purpose of testing this feature, naturally. I’1000 certainly deleting them afterwards.)

That makes the new app less interesting in terms of being a potential alternative to something like Plex’s media server, but still a handy style to view personal photos and movies on the big screen. It would be useful for things like photo slideshows at events, for example, or watching dwelling movies in your living room.

In addition, others who spotted the app have also noticed that it will allow yous to view your email attachments from Yahoo Postal service if you have that integrated. (These show up in a “Yahoo Mail” folder in Dropbox.) But the app is non meant to serve as a fashion to view all your Dropbox files. It won’t show your office files, PDF or Word documents, for instance.

We reached out to Dropbox for more details on the app itself, including details on supported file types, and restrictions on movie length or size of uploads, just the company declined to comment ahead of its official announcement. We understand that the Roku launch may exist function of broader news.

This is Dropbox’southward showtime app for streaming media players, as before today, Dropbox only offered desktop clients and mobile apps, in addition to its spider web interface. Hopefully, though, it’s the first of several apps that bring Dropbox to the big screen.

Update: We now understand that this is an integration built and owned by Roku using Dropbox’southward public APIs, equally opposed to something Dropbox built itself.