Do you consider yourself a gamer? If so, you have probably heard of Twitch TV already but if not, you will definitely want to check it out. A new private channel called the ‘Unofficial Twitch TV’ has been released and brings all of the content from Twitch TV to your Roku device.
Twitch TV is similar to Justin.tv in the sense that it allows people to live cast their gaming sessions. Unlike Justin.tv, Twitch is focused only on gaming. In case you wondered, Twitch TV was created by the same founders of Justin.tv (Justin Kan, and Emmett Shear) The service was launched in 2011 and receives a monthly average of 35 million viewers.
When viewing Twitch, you have a couple of different options. If you like a particular game, you can search by the game title and see all of the available live casts currently streaming. Or, if you find a certain person who you enjoy watching their playthroughs you can watch their channel and see their stream of whatever game they are currently playing.
Currently, the channel is only available as a Roku private channel which means you need to install it using the channel code. To install the channel follow the steps below.
The quick and easy way
Just click on the install link and it will take you right to the install page. Twitch.TV for Roku
The Manual Install Method
If you prefer to do things manually, follow these steps.
- Go to http://owner.roku.com and sign into your account
- After logging in, click on the link ‘Add a Private Channel’
- In the textbox, type in TwitchTV
- Click the ‘Add Channel’ button
- On the confirmation screen, click the ‘Yes, Add Channel’ button
Make sure to force a system update by opening and closing the Roku channel store in order to complete the install. If you don’t do this, it will automatically add the channel next time it updates with the Roku server.