Thursday, January 20

How to get YouTube TV on Roku

One of the biggest problems with YouTube TV, Google’s cable replacement service, was that, ironically, it wasn’t very easy to watch on a TV. Now the show runs on Apple TV and Roku, in addition to Chromecast and Android TV.

Getting the app on a Roku device is trivially simple, so if you want to give it a try, all you have to do is follow the instructions below. Before you start, just make sure your Roku is turned on and fully up to date.

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1. Find the broadcast channels on the home screen. Just scroll down some entries; you can not lose this.

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2. Select Search for channels. A keyboard will appear allowing you to type in a search term.

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3. Busque YouTube TV. Enter your search term, then select it from the menu on the right. You can also search with your voice, if you have a remote control with a microphone. (Use the mic button below the D-pad).

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4. Add the channel. This will take about a minute to download, depending on your connection.

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5. Launch the application. You can open YouTube TV right away or go back to the home screen and open it from there. Consider moving it to the top of the home screen, if you plan to use it frequently.

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6. Log in (or sign up for a free trial).

If you are already a YouTube TV member, you will receive a message to sign in. Otherwise, you can select Try it free and follow the instructions. You can also register from a computer or smartphone, which is a bit easier.

That’s all about it. Now, you can watch YouTube TV from the comfort of your couch, which will come in handy if you’ve already made liberal use of the app’s unlimited DVR capabilities.

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