Roku users who are looking to use the ‘unofficial’ Youtube channel have had access blocked by Google, until a deal can be negotiated with the set-top box company.
Roku has never had an official Youtube channel for streaming video onto tv, but there was an unofficial channel set up as a workaround.Viewers had to add the channel by entering a code into the device.
Although Roku were aware of it’s existence, it was allowed to carry on streaming until Youtube found out about it. Now the video giant has put the kaboosh on the channel.
Now viewers are met with this message when looking to Youtube:-
“At the request of YouTube, this private channel is no longer available on Roku. To remove the channel, please go to “My Channels” in the Channel Store.”
So why the problem over a video streaming service that is available on every device known to man? It seems that Roku could not meet Google’s specs for adding the channel. The unofficial channel used MP4 streaming and it seems that some advertising was not being shown. Seems this is againt Google terms, hence the takedown.
But behind the scenes Roku are said to be negotiating to get Youtube streaming back. It does appear that if you already have the channel set-up it will continue to work. But new users are now blocked.
It seems to be a storm in a teacup and will probably be resolved soon. And of course you can still get a Youtube fix from any other device you have.