YouTube update: Channel now available to all current-generation devices

Happy Tuesday, streamers! We have a great and long-awaited channel update to share – YouTube is available now in the Roku Channel Store for all current-generation* Roku devices in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and the Republic of Ireland! We’re thrilled it’s finally here as we’re dedicated to our industry-leading selection of streaming entertainment.

YouTube has something for everyone, and is without a doubt a favorite for people to watch creative, high definition videos from all over the world. From viral hits to music videos to educational videos, we’re excited to be able to bring the YouTube channel on Roku to more customers. We appreciate your patience and know you’ll enjoy watching the best of the web on your big screen.

Remember, you can also send YouTube videos from your Android devices, iPhone and iPad to your TV, when you’re connected on the same WiFi. Perfect for those situations when you’ve been sent a link of the latest YouTube sensation or when you don’t want to huddle with others around your phone or tablet to watch Rosanna Pansino’s latest cooking tips, or news around the world from VICE. Just click on the screen icon to instantly send the video to your TV.

*Current generation players are those introduced after June 2011 and include the Roku LT, Roku 1, Roku 2, Roku 2 HD, Roku 2 XD, Roku 2XS, Roku 3, the Roku Streaming Stick (both HDMI and Roku Ready versions) and the Roku HD model #2500.

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  • CB

    More than overdue. Good going.

  • Pissed Off Customer

    Thanks for not putting on all of your models! #SuckIt

    • SimonWakefield

      its painfully slow on a RokuLT so I don’t think your missing much if you have any device below this anyway

      • zeezee

        It is slow on the Roku 2 XS, which was the flagship model a year ago, just before the Roku 3 release.

  • Geoff ‘G’ Ashworth

    so does this mean that I can get rid of the old private channel that I have for youtube?

    • EnTerr

      Figure out that for yourself. The official channels is kind of slow to load, so you may go either way.

    • lonnie247

      NO! Never get rid of that one. If your roku is old enough to have it, it’s too old for the new YouTube channel.

    • zeezee

      Don’t bother. I personally like VideoBuzz more than the official channel. Im keeping both around.

      • TMartin

        Thank you, zeezee, for the VideoBuzz rec. I’m only interested in the search function, which is intolerable on the official channel. It only took a few minutes in “developer mode”, and I expect to recoup those few minutes by not using the official channel’s frustratingly jerky single-line A-Z search.

        Also, VideoBuzz loads waaaaaay faster.

  • planettom

    sweet! Thanks Roku, took some time, but glad to have it now.

    • http://www.roku.com/ ROKU

      Thanks for your patience!

      • Cherry Soda

        I really do love my ROKU. Greatest invention ever! :)

      • bigmand4l

        to roku<
        I have the roku 1 and looked for youtube and couldnt find it please help

  • Kathryn Rocha

    that’s great news (not) let me know when you have an adapter for the non “current” generation models. I’m not going to by another piece of equipment from you that goes obsolete in 6 months. Or at least give buyers of past generations a good deal on a current one. #biteme

    • EnTerr

      Kathryn, they have made a good faith effort to release YouTube to older players – up to 3 years back, anything with model number >2222. Have to give RokuCo credit for that.

    • BruceMcF

      I’ve got an older Roku and its not gone obsolete at all. It’s not got all of the new channels, but its still got everything I originally bought it for and more options today than the day I bought it. Meanwhile a tablet I bought in 2011 has a broken charger cable and the no longer make them. Compared to tablet and cellphone makers, Roku is a champ at supporting users of their older hardware.

      And even if I have to spend $50 on a new Roku every 5 years, that $10/year. That’s a bargain.

  • http://www.slythefox.com/ LorenzoA

    Now how about a Windows Phone official app?

    • johngettler

      What’s a Windows Phone?

      • MrBlue

        The one with 2% market share. LMAO

      • http://www.slythefox.com/ LorenzoA

        I’ve got a home with an Android cell phone my wife uses and an Android tablet. I’ve used friends’ iPhones and unless you try out the Windows Phone, you just can’t get it. I’ve barely touched my Android tablet because the live tiles are what make the experience so enjoyable. You can have what you want, but your negativity and MrBlue’s down below are probably based on limited experience, if any, with this great platform.

        Lemmings can be lemmings. I don’t base my phone decision on what everyone thinks is the best phone or what the percentage of the market is. I tried them all and made my decision. That’s what you should do, and I hope you did, and I can support you in that decision.

        Now get back to the YouTube comments sludge your negativity belongs in. I’ll get back to playing with my phone.

  • dan

    ok, in excitement we clicked on it, says its installed and now cant find it….what gives ???????

    • Peg Kelly

      Go to “My Channels” . It should be the last channel ,you added. If any trouble , Go to Settings , then System Update , click Update. Then it should appear !

  • Peg Kelly

    Hooray !!! Thanks Roku ! Now I have it on ALL My Roku’s !!

  • MJ

    Does not recognize my subscriptions or watch later list on my Roku 2. Any ideas?

  • Annie

    I am now using my Roku to watch Youtube (thank you!), but have a question. I tried to pause my videos, but no matter what button on the remote I press, nothing seems to pause it.

    • http://www.roku.com/ ROKU

      Hi Annie, are you still having trouble? Which Roku player do you have?

      • Annie

        Hi. I use Roku 1. I figured out the problem; I noticed that when I click on ‘pause’, it takes a few seconds to react. In fact, everything on the Youtube channel seems to lag a little. Is there anything I can do differently to improve this?

  • Annie

    Thank you for adding Youtube. I can’t figure out how to pause a video, though. Help?

  • Jennifer Henriksen Thompson

    Funny how this gets added after I get rid of my roku. Oh well, planning on getting Amazon Fire TV eventually.

  • devilinpgh

    Does this have any implications for Google Play Movies and TV?

    • bkck2k3

      It’s tricky. What I do is find the Google Play videos I’ve purchased in a YouTube search and add the YouTube version to my Favorites. Then in the YouTube app, go to My Favorites and there you go, movies purchased on Google Play played on the TV via Roku!

  • Anthony Luis Maldonado

    Bout freaking time.

  • Bryan Hoffpauir

    Wasn’t that added a month or so ago?

  • tsheets

    Thanks, Roku! I had all but given up hope on getting this on my Roku2 XS. But, you came through in the end.

  • Rodel Rufo

    This is awesome news! Now, time to include iOS mirroring…

  • stuart

    Are we ever getting the new Netflix?

  • Cherry Soda

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I LOVE MY ROKU!

  • John Jackson

    When are we going to get Amazon Prime Videos in the UK?

  • agcret

    Good thing I have Chromcast – since my Roku is too old.

  • James Baker

    My wife hates computers; but, she loves “Law and Order” on Roku!

  • CrabbyJoe

    Finally!! Thank you for delivering on your promise! Yay Roku!

  • A. Tsai

    Yay! So glad I can use it on my two Roku devices. Thanks

  • Cody B

    Awesome! Thanks! Now how about a browser???…

  • Guest

    Does it support Live broadcasts?

  • Itan2much

    When are you coming out with a new model to compete with the speed of the new Amazon box?

  • ana maria

    does the roku hd 2050 get the youtube?

  • Bhart K

    wonderful! no need to switch on PS3 now for streaming Youtube content.

  • Larry

    Took long enough. Everyone else was streaming YouTube years ago. Kinda late to the party, but better late than never. For what it’s worth, the app seems to work well.

  • wilsonyorks

    We tried YouTube on our Roku 2XS and found it a very user-friendly experience. Many thanks from us in The White Rose County of Yorkshire.

  • Andy Lockett

    Does this include Nowtv?

  • Rokud

    Latest update bricks some Roku 3s, such as mine.

    Every time I went to update, it would completely the download successfully, then reload and stay on the splash screen forever. Rebooting would reboot back into the older software, and it worked fine. Albeit, minus the update, which I dearly want for the new remote search function.

    Forums recommended a system reset, which I did. However, once the reset is done with updating to this software update, and reboots, it’s back to the same old problem again with the splash screen staying on forever. The K in Roku tapping it’s foot eternally.

    After a system reset, this problem is now fatal, as it’s impossible to get back into the prior OS once you reset the system. I would think only that rolling out a new update that fixes this issue would help this. Until then, I’m stick with a Roku that’s only good for playing a splash screen.

    Will such an update happen very soon? If you had a Roku 4, I’d junk this one and grab a new one at the store, but since you don’t, I’d hate to grab the same version.

    • Rokud

      This is model 4200X, btw, serial starts with 1GM3, ends with 575. Message or email me for the full number.

    • zeezee

      Roku also bricked my Roku 2 a year or so ago with a firmware upgrade. Several other people posted on the same issue. It still ran but would fail to finish an upgrade and would reboot frequently. Fortunately they replaced it after jumping through some hoops, but there is an apparent quality control problem that I’ve never seen before on other devices.

  • zeezee

    Does it even matter anymore? This app is about 2 and a half years too late. Fire TV already seems like it will be my next streaming product. If Roku 2 instability, slow app release times, and Brightscript inadequacies are indicative of Roku 3, I have no incentive to buy more product.

    This app is sluggish and clunky. Even though it has some decent features it still lacks the performance and quality of a few third party apps like VideoBuzz (now open source).

  • JasonA

    I just installed it last night on my Roku 2XS. It does seem to lag quite a bit. Hopefully there will be an update to fix this in the near future. In the meantime, I might as well keep using PLEX or Twonky Beam.

  • Mera Jade

    It’s about time!

  • jess

    i can’t see my youtube playlists on roku tv …. just subscriptions, recommendations, history! Help!

  • John Page

    I just installed the you tube app. I was looking forward to it – until I tried it. It is probably the worst piece of software I have seen in a long time.

    It has icons down the left with zero explanation what they mean. With a mouse I can hover for an explanation, but not so here. Why do so many mouseless apps use icons??

    When you scroll down the icons it takes about 5 sec per icon. So slow it seems broken sometimes

    The search function is so agonizing with the hunt and peck key pad. And once I entered the search string it could not find the movie I wanted. The identical search string on the you tube web page works just fine.

    It’s virtually unusable.

    • oldaarpy

      I agree! It is beyond slow!

      • sluntchop

        I agree with the slowness, its terribly slow.

        I just wanted to comment for you and others, yes you can use any device with your youtube account once paired. When you are searching on your laptop, theres an extra icon in the lower right of the video that you can select whether to play “on laptop” or “Roku”. Hope that helps!

        • vegemighty

          I don’t know if you will see this, but maybe you can help me with a problem. All of a sudden, that extra icon that you mentioned has gone. I’ve tried rebooting, logging out, everything, but I can’t get it back. Any ideas?

          • person

            same here. used to work but now the icon to transfer the video from my phone to my tv is gone.

    • SS

      Its a terrible application. I couldn’t get the pairing feature to work. It just freezes when the code is requested.

    • David T-Rex

      This is the google standard UI for these sort of devices from what I can see. Its the same on a friends connected TV.

  • http://astroblahhh.com/ Apollia

    Thank you so much for YouTube on the Roku! I’m very happy with it overall.

    I’d just like to suggest some improvements:

    * A setting to make it so everything displays on the screen of old, non-widescreen TVs. (As it is, the edges are missing.)

    * Instead of the search letters being all in a single long horizontal line, it would be good to have several narrower lines of letters to make it so you can navigate to letters more quickly.

    * On this page – http://sdkdocs.roku.com/display/sdkdoc/External+Control+Guide#ExternalControlGuide-34ValidKeys – it says:

    “There are even some keys you can send that are not available on our actual physical remotes.” [...] “Search is useful for short-cutting directly to search screens.”

    In Linux, I use a Roku remote controller script written in Bash to control my Roku XS, and it can send the “Search” key to the Roku, as well as alphabet keys, to make it faster and easier to type in searches.

    But, the problem is, the “Search” key and alphabet keys don’t do anything on the YouTube channel.

    It would be great if the YouTube channel would react to those keys.

    Thanks again! I’m thrilled to finally have YouTube on my Roku XS. :-)

  • TheJammer

    Way to go Roku! I have been waiting on this with a ’2′ for some time. Nice work.

  • Chad

    Working well on the LT, better quality than expected, though it doesn’t quite fill the screen.

  • Shri

    Long overdue update. However this has got to be the worst piece of crappy software written EVER! on my Roku LT (2nd gen) – the youtube channel lags so much that it almost feels like I am browsing my years old Bluray player…

  • jimmieT

    Got the youtube and lost region free netflix….. major FAIL :(

  • CriticalThunker

    The youtube app on the Roku 2HD and Roku 2XS are so brutally slow as to be essentially useless. I understand that this is likely “by design” to get us to upgrade to the Roku 3 but if that’s the case, why bother to release it at all? The search and key entry features are also terrible, sadly.

    I’ll stick with Twonky Beam for now and just use my tablet to send videos to my TV.

  • yousonuva

    great addition but unbearably slow on my Roku 2. only 2 gripes I have are the youtube channel is rock slow (and doesn’t give me a working code to pair with my phone/laptop) and when streaming music from my phone, doesn’t go to an album or song I’ve selected, under the album or all songs selection. Although I wonder if that’s a result of Android’s 4.4.2 horrendous update.

  • John Hamilton

    Why would you release such a slow almost completely broken app? I understand now why it took so long to release. Because no one bothered to make it correctly. The search feature is enough to make me blow myself up. “Lemme look up a cat…..cat starts with C *arrow press from A to B*…………………………………………..B..ok, now on to C *press*…………………..dammit I’ve evolved a sixth finger, waiting for it to move to C

  • Walt Ski

    The YouTube channel is pretty useless. On my tv the videos are about 2 inches wide by an inch high and there’s no setting to fix it. It’s basically a piece of shat.

  • Alij

    Youtube started out great..then suddenly today the screen has shrank , how do I fix this?

  • JP

    I just installed it on my Roku2 and it’s working fine, full screen and plenty fast so far.

  • Chris

    Ugh. Search feature is so slow. Why can’t you just type in what you want using the keyboard on the roku remote app for the iphone? Many other apps let you do this.

  • Mladen Sudarevic

    the only thing that’s worse then youtube channel on Roku 2 is picture quality. I applaud the effort by the Roku team but for God’s sake browsing is slow, not intuitive and if you are lucky enough to pull up some of your youtube subscriptions picture quality is deplorable.

    Roku if you are reading these comments I really wish you haven’t released Youtube channel. It’s just not ready for mass market.

  • SpamCop

    Was really looking forward to this app but it really blows. The interface is terrible and the video streams rarely load. Hope I can find some troubleshooting tips because it’s pretty much useless to me.

  • Maddy Mappo

    I have not tested Youtube channel on my Roku 2XS but I have been getting YouTube streamed via the chromecast device, and that is excellent streaming, but need to search youtube directly from your on-line device and then streams the selection you make to the TV.

  • DAC21

    There were hacks that allowed older generation Rokus to get YouTube years ago. Roku shut them down. So I know my older XD/S could work. Just another shakedown of Consumers.

  • se

    Can a friend use my roku1 you tube account to view their you tube videos

  • chrisbuilder23

    The youtube app is an absolute abortion of an app.
    Amazingly slow. Side menu is impossible to read.

    The “help” menu is useless.
    This app should be avoided at all costs.

  • filmex

    I love the Roku 3 Youtube capability. Navigates faster and more easily than it does via the PC.
    The carousel while viewing subscriptions allows for hours of hands-off entertainment.

    However, I heard that there is a way to subscribe to channels on the Roku remote that you come across while surfing, but I haven’t discovered it yet. Any help? Thanks.

  • Gr1pp717

    WHY IS IT SOOO SLOW??!

  • Unknown

    The search function is extremely painful. Not only is it slow to return results, but there doesn’t appear to be any method for staying within a certain YouTube channel so the results are actually what I’m looking for.

  • allen martin

    trying to search for a show is very tedious and slow. doesnt have all the options that you get on a computer. the fast forward and rewind is the most irksome . it takes 30 minutes to fast forward 30 minutes. there is nothing fast about it at all. its so slow and annoying, it really makes me hate every single person that had anything to do with the design of this abomination. fix this soon, or i will get rid of my roku and do away with youtube. this is just wrong

  • Laura

    Are there any plans to improve the YouTube channel? Navigation similar to the old channel would be nice.

  • Cris Hoxie

    Enjoyed YouTube on Roku. But yesterday, all of a sudden, won’t work. Says no signal. But other channels work. What’s going on?

  • https://twitter.com/CyberMaxpower Matt

    Very Slow app. poorly written bit of software imo. only just works on a roku 2 :(

  • Woody

    Nope. It seems to only be a subset of YouTube. No paid content, so pretty much useless to me.

  • Mahaloth

    You can use Youtube on a Roku HD(pre 2011) if you download the app myvideobuzz.

  • Jill Odice

    I have a Roku XS2 and have Youtube downloaded to watch my “Liked” videos and subscriptions. MY question is how to use the Roku controller to navigate Youtube? If I am watching one of my “Liked” videos, how do I get back to the menu? I have tried clicking all the different buttons on my controller and can’t figure out how to do anything but play and pause , or just let it go to the next video I have saved…THe only way I can get back to the menu is to go back to the purple screen and pick the Youtube channel and start over.

  • BulletPeople

    I’d like to direct this comment to the developer who told someone that this was ready to publish: you have wasted about 20 minutes of my time, and at my age that really hurts. Shame on you.

    Oh, but it supports ads.

  • Emdashes

    I joined Roku right at the beginning and it’s still working, incredibly enough. As they keep getting upgraded, I keep getting left behind. Shouldn’t I be rewarded for my loyalty?

  • TMartin

    This channel is a terrible implementation of YouTube. I use VideoBuzz instead to search YouTube without pairing my Roku to Goggle/YouTube.

    I removed this channel (with one star–hated it) from my Roku player because it’s worthless without a link to your YT account, and also with your YT account. It’s also grindingly slow.

    Utter garbage. GB2 drawing board “official” Roku developers, please.

  • Separabunt Funiculus

    Mother of all gods….the YouTube channel is simply the WORST of the lot. Whenever we perform a search which ought take any normal channel seconds to accomplish it requires YouTube twenty times longer, what with their ingenious one-line keyboard. Unless of course it is paired with a device that is linked to a … wait for it… a Google account! Ah, and that is the smoking gun. Why would such an innovative corporation with incredible resources have such difficulty in creating a user-friendly app on a user-friendly device? Conformity. That is what it breaks down to. For the love of the internet gods, don’t force us to use your paltry Google account because clearly that is what this is really all about. Google has become too controlling in it teenage years.