(SEE IMPORTANT ADDENDUM BELOW!!! AT “IMPORTANT UPDATE!”)
Yeeeesss! I have the secret code to add YouTube to your Roku box! (Don’t have a Roku box, you say!?!?! Then click on the Roku Advert here on the Blog and go get one!!!)
Here’s “The Skinny!”
NOTE: This is a secret code, kinda like an “Easter Egg” in games… no promises made with it! It falls under the “Private or Beta Channel” type on Roku.
1) On your computer, visit this link:
2) Log into your Roku account
3) Enter the “secret code” for YouTube, which is: B8VVK
4) On your Roku, enter and exit the Channel Store to refresh your dashboard apps!
Mu-ha-ha! You now have YouTube!
AND, here are more “secret channel” codes! At this link: Roku Channel Database
IMPORTANT UPDATE!!! This code no longer works to add the YouTube Roku channel! If you did successfully add it, it still will work, but no more may be added. YouTube asked that the private channel be “pulled.” However, a new channel should be made available soon. In the meantime, if you install the PLEX channel from the Roku Channel Catalog, and add the PLEX add-on in Firefox, you can mark a YouTube video with “Plex-It!” and then it will show up in your Roku PLEX queue. This is a workaround! PLEX is a very useful, and FREE option to stream you local videos and other media via a PLEX server on your local LAN as well!
The new YouTube access channel is called “VideoBuzz“… the code word is “VideoBuzz.”
IMPORTANT UPDATE – NUMBER TWO!!!
Another option is “Twonky” – info on it is here: http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-57575819-285/how-to-watch-youtube-videos-on-roku/
IMPORTANT UPDATE – NUMBER THREE!!!
The best option to view YouTube now is to buy a Google Chromecast for $35.00. You can watch anything that you see on your Chrome Web Browser on your HD TV. Until there is a truly supported way to get YouTube on Roku, this remains the best way… Google Chromecast!