YouTube lands on Roku 3
It seems as if we should have reached this moment long ago -- like, perhaps, when the Roku debuted? The little, inexpensive set-top box seems capable of doing most anything, with the obvious exception of acting as your DVR. But, until today, it was incapable of playing content from the most popular streaming video service on the internet.
There are some stipulations with this release -- well, one major one, at least. That is the simple fact that the brand new YouTube app appears only on the Roku 3. "We’re bringing you the YouTube app (or 'channel' in Roku-speak) today on the Roku 3 in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Republic of Ireland", announces YouTube's Sarah Ali.
Google has gone all out, with full HD streaming of YouTube videos on the living room device. In addition, like other Roku apps (or "channels") you'll get a send-to TV option within the remote control app for your phone or tablet, as well as your subscribed channels.
The Roku 3 is one of several devices available from the manufacturer, and retails for $99.99, though it's currently on sale for $10 off, if you are looking for a last minute gift.