YouTube on Roku

YouTube on Roku

Are you looking for YouTube on your Roku (HD or SD) digital media player? If so, then you’re in luck, as there is now a method to do it.

As stated in my Roku HD review, YouTube access from a Roku box was one of the missing features that I (and many other Roku owners) sought the most on the Roku platform.

How to add YouTube to a Roku player

1) First you’ll need to link your Roku player to your Roku account, if you haven’t already. You can do this at http://owner.roku.com. Create a Roku account if you don’t already have one and then link your player.
2) After linking your player, on the My Account page, click on the option to “Add a Private Channel“.
3) Enter the code B8VVK for the YouTube channel and then click the Add Channel button.
4) On your Roku player, click on the Home button to get to the home screen, then browse into your channels. Scroll through your channel list, you should now see a YouTube channel as one of your options.

Roku YouTube channel screenshot

YouTube-on-Roku

After selecting the YouTube channel, you’ll be able to add your YouTube username by scrolling to the “Settings” section on the far right on the top menu. Adding your YouTube username provides you with quick access to your own videos in the “My Videos” section, as shown below.

Roku YouTube channel My Videos

YouTube-on-Roku-Videos

You can browse other YouTube videos in a variety of manners with “Top Rated Today”, “Most Viewed Today”, “Recently Featured”, “Recently Added”. A search option is also available for finding a specific title that you might be looking for.

I really love that I can now watch YouTube videos on my Roku player. I hope you do too.

The Roku YouTube channel is courtesy of TheNowhereMan, who has also developed a few other excellent Roku channels such as the Roku Newscaster.

If you’re interested in buying a Roku player, you can purchase one directly from Roku or at Amazon.

YouTube on Roku Update 1/30/2012: As noted in the comments section below, the method for obtaining a YouTube channel on Roku as described in this article is no longer possible, as Roku has removed the unofficial private YouTube channel at the request of Google. Because of this article’s popularity, I sent an email to Roku asking for an update on the availability of an official YouTube channel on Roku and they replied saying “We don’t have any more to comment other than what’s already made public.” So at this time, Roku is refusing to comment on the matter. I hope that all of you YouTube seekers will be able to obtain a Roku channel soon, but if not, maybe it’s time to switch to another solution like Google TV?

About Wes Novack

Wesley Novack is a Technologist working in the software industry, with extensive experience building and managing highly available applications, services, and systems in the public cloud. He has a breadth of experience in online publishing, the consumer electronics industry, and building internet communities. Wes enjoys hanging with his family, skateboarding, hiking, the vegan lifestyle, and a good cup of tea. You can find him on Twitter @WesleyTech.

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5 Comments on “YouTube on Roku”

  1. For those of you who are now getting an error while trying to add the YouTube private channel: I’ve heard that Google has forced Roku to disable the channel and that the 2 are now in negotiations.

    So if you haven’t added the channel yet, it looks like you won’t be able to watch YouTube content through your Roku device. For those that already have the channel added, it appears to still be working, for now.

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