Last week, Video Buzz was removed at a request by Roku. The private Channel had allowed viewers to access YouTube content through an un-official channel.
No need to worry though, you can still watch YouTube on your Roku by following the steps below.
How to Watch YouTube on Roku
In order to watch YouTube on Roku, you are going to need to do a couple of things. First, you must have a computer with PLEX Media Server that is on the same network as your Roku streaming media player. You must also have the PLEX Roku channel installed on your Roku device.
- Download Plex Media Server
- Follow the Plex install instructions
- Install the Plex Roku channel
- Open the Plex Roku channel and verify that it detects a Plex media server
If all of the above steps have worked, then you are on your way to watching YouTube on your Roku.
Install Plex YouTube plugin
Within Plex, you can install plugins for many different online streaming services. The plugins are similar to Roku channels so it is like adding channels within a channel. Because Plex has an official YouTube plugin, you will not have to worry about it getting pulled like Video Buzz did.
Step by step Setup Instructions
After you have installed Plex media server on a computer, double click on the Plex icon in the system tray.
On the Plex dashboard, click on the settings icon (picture of a wrench and screwdriver)
In the Plex settings click on ‘Show Advanced Settings’
On the left sidebar, click on ‘Channels’
On the channel settings page, scroll down until you see the option for ‘Disable Capability Checking’. Make sure the box is checked. If you don’t do this, the YouTube plugin will not be shown when you go to the plugins list.
After checking ‘Disable capability checking’ scroll to the bottom of the page and click the save button.
Go back to the Plex dashboard and scroll down until you get to the channels section.
Click on the ‘Add Channel’ icon (picture of a + symbol)
On the Plex channel selection page, click on the ‘Most Popular’ tab and then click on the YouTube icon.
The YouTube information box will open. Click the ‘Install’ button.
The install will begin. Once completed, you will get a message telling you if it completed successfully or not.
If it installed successfully, than you are now ready to access the YouTube plex plugin on your Roku.
Get YouTube Through Plex Roku Channel
At this point, you should have the YouTube plugin installed on your Plex server. Now, turn on your television and get your Roku remote. Open the Plex channel and you should see a YouTube icon at the top of the screen. Scroll up and click on it.
If you are looking for the YouTube search function, select videos and then scroll over to the far right and you will find search.
That is all you need to do. If you have any problems, leave a comment below and I will do my best to help you solve the problem.