YouTube Releases Official App for Roku

YouTube Releases Official App for Roku

By Tom Cheredar for VentureBeat

YouTube just dropped a holiday gift in Roku’s channel store today with the long overdue release of its own YouTube Roku app.

While Roku set-top boxes might have the most third-party apps from streaming media services, one thing that’s always been absent was an official YouTube channel until now. Pretty much every other major video service (Hulu, Netflix, Vevo, Vudu, Amazon Prime, etc.) has been available on the device for at least a year, including other, less popular user-generated video sites like Vimeo and Dailymotion.

The app itself offers Roku owners HD video streaming, access to all YouTube channel subscriptions after logging into a YouTube account, and probably most importantly, the “Send to TV” feature that lets you push whatever you’re watching on your smartphone or tablet to your television screen. This feature is pretty much the main selling point of Google’s ultra-cheap Chromecast device, too.

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