Watch YouTube On Roku
Watch YouTube on Roku with Official Roku Channel
Roku now has a YouTube Channel listed on their Channel Store supported and blessed by Roku. It works very similar to Chromecast and requires the user to browse for YouTube videos on a mobile device and click the Watch On TV icon to cast the video onto their TV through a Roku 3. Early next year, other Roku Models and even some older Roku players will be able to use this channel to watch content from YouTube.
Channel works very smoothly and is easy to use. It's basically like Twonky, although it is an actual YouTube channel instead of a website. Since it's an official YouTube channel, you can log in to your google account without having to make everything public.
YouTube Channel Install Instructions
Add YouTube Channel
If you can't find the YouTube Channel, first go to Roku settings and go to Get Software Updates, then restart the Roku. The new YouTube channel will show up in the channel store, under "New" and "Internet TV" then visit www.youtube.com/activate
After activating with the code given on your tv screen, and adding the code into the YouTube site, you also will be directed to go to www.youtube.com/pair and put in another code. Once setting up your new youtube channel, use the UP arrow on the roku remote to access your playlists and subscriptions.
Watch YouTube on Roku with MyVideo Buzz
***6/24/2014 Protuhj not affiliated with the original developers (Utmost Solutions) has been keeping up development of the original MyVideoBuzz channel when it was made open source. He has added support for reddit, in addition to YouTube videos. Of course, the channel still needs to be sideloaded, but he is keeping the channel updated, and continuously adding new features.
Learn More on reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/videobuzz
Or, on GitHub: https://github.com/Protuhj/myvideobuzz
MyVideoBuzz is still a great alternative for to those that own older Rokus. Or, for those with current Roku models that find the official YouTube channel sluggish or clunky.
***12/01/2013 There is now a new Automatic Installation App for My VideoBuzz that will only work on PCs. Download it: here. Unzip the archive, and double click the exe file. It's a standalone file so it won't install anything on your PC. It will install the My VideoBuzz channel on your Roku. Only use this if you do not yet have it installed.
***11/28/2013 Automatic Installation of My Video Buzz will no longer work after the latest Roku firmware update. Roku now requires a password before developer dashboard can be enabled. Manual installations steps for VideoBuzz have been updated at the link below.
***8/3/2013 - Many users were reporting problems with this channel after a recent firmware update was released by Roku. We will keep this page updated with the latest news from developer. Plex (formerly MyPlex) or Twonkey Beam Air Sharing Channel are currently other alternatives for watching YouTube content on Roku.
After the official Video Buzz channel got shut down, the developer has created a workaround to let Roku owners once again watch YouTube on Roku. It basically installs a developer channel on your Roku that will give you access to your favorite YouTube videos and channels.
Click Here to Install My VideoBuzz
Installation Guide will take you through a manual step by step setup to get VideoBuzz working on your Roku. If you like and use My VideoBuzz, be sure to send along a Donation to VideoBuzz Developer.
If My Video Buzz starts acting up, here is how to remove it:
1. If it is disabled, enable Developer Mode (Home (3), Up (2), Right, Left, Right, Left, Right)
2. Find your Roku's IP Address under Settings, About. It will appear as something similar to 192.168.1.x, but the address can vary depending upon which router you use.
3. From your computer system, enter the IP Address of your Roku into your Web browser's address bar and press ENTER. A page with the title "Development Application Installer" will appear. To put ti simply, when you are on this page, you are dierctly connected to your Roku.
4. The Development Channel can only hold one application, so if you have MyVideoBuzz installed, that is what is held there. To remove MyVideoBuzz from your Roku, simply click on the "Delete" button.
There are also still a few other free alternatives available to watch YouTube content on Roku using the Roku Facebook or Twonky Beam Air Sharing Channel and also Plex. Learn more here »
If you own a Media Streamer or Portable Device, be sure to check out the YouTube Fast Search channel on our List of Google TV Channels »
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VideoBuzz - Watch YouTube on RokuThe My VideoBuzz channel gives Roku Owners what they desperately want, a way to watch YouTube content on Roku. Ever since YouTube was removed from the Roku Platform due to licensing issues, it left a gap in an otherwise solid and outstanding Roku channel lineup. The developer has come out with an alternative channel that is sideloaded using the Roku Developer software. You can now get the new VideoBuzz developer channel by installing it from their VideoBuzz website.
VideoBuzz will not give you access to everything available on YouTube, although it will play whichever videos you save in your favorites or playlist.
Add VideoBuzz Channel to Your Roku DevicePlease click here »
Watch Additional YouTube Channels and Videos with this VideoBuzz Tip
To watch your playlist be sure that your YouTube account settings are set for "public" so that you can view your subscriptions and playlists on your Roku. To set this go to the YouTube website, and go to settings, and then "privacy". Uncheck the privacy settings and set your privacy to "public". Enter your YouTube ID in VideoBuzz channel preferences and watch everything on your playlist.
Here is another trick for watching additional YouTube content with VideoBuzz. Instead of using only your YouTube account name in preferences, enter any of the YouTube user/channel names from our list of Top YouTube Channels to watch tons more great video content from YouTube.
You can use only one name at time. Go to Playlists or Favorites and you will see a list of the shows and movies available for that user or channel code.
View our "Large" List of Top Subscribed YouTube Channels » and associated VideoBuzz codes.