Friday, November 01, 2013

You Tube on Roku...FINALLY!

After years of frustration at the decline of cable TV (do we really need 900 reality shows?) and the ever increasing cost, C and I dropped cable almost 2 years ago. Now we get our home entertainment thru a Roku device. We love our Roku and highly highly recommend it. With subscriptions to Netflix and Amazon Prime, we find we can get plenty of content to keep us entertained. Not to mention the plethora of other channels that are available with more added all the time.

But I'm a total You Tube addict and have been frustrated by the lack of ability to stream You Tube content to our Roku. Until now. It's been several months since the last time I researched the subject and decided to give it another shot today. I found this article on CNet about using an app called Twonky to stream You Tube (and other content) from your smart phone to your Roku. I followed the steps and within 15 minutes (or less) I was watching You Tube on my TV from the comfort of my recliner. I used an iPod Touch with Twonky Beam rather than a smartphone, but it works exactly the same.

The article is a little outdated, there is now a public Twonky channel on Roku so you don't need to add the private channel. Also, your Roku can be wired, wifi is not required on the Roku as long as both devices are connected to the same network.

There is a handful of other content available on Twonky, but I have not tested any of it. For now, I'm just happy to be able to finally watch You Tube on the TV rather than being tethered to the computer or watching on a small tablet screen!

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