YouTube Available On All Current Rokus

In case you missed it (I did).  About two days after getting update 5.4 Build 3358, the ‘official’ YouTube app became available for my Roku 2 XS.  I really like it.  This app supports pairing so I can send videos from my phone, PC, or tablet to my Roku.  It also supports a really nice implementation of continuous play.  More information here…

http://blog.roku.com/blog/2014/04/22/youtube-update-channel-now-available-to-all-current-generation-devices/

VideoBuzz, Again

A recent Roku update broke the VideoBuzz installation script by requiring a password for Developer Mode.  This, apparently, motivated the VideoBuzz gods to build a better script.  I tested the new script on a new Roku 2 XS and it worked great.  If you are tired of waiting for the Roku team to get their official channel on your Rokus, give VideoBuzz a try…

http://utmostsolutions.github.io/myvideobuzz/

Avast did not find anything malicious in this script, but I have no first hand knowledge of the script, so use it at your own risk.  Their page also has a manual installation procedure.

PS, if you do not want to side load a channel, you can always use the What’s On app.  Install What’s On and set the zip code to ‘asecret’ (no quotes).  After a restart, you will have a new Videos selection that lets you browse ‘internet videos’ from various sources.

https://owner.roku.com/add/WHATSONCHANNEL

What’s on is not in the same class as VideoBuzz.  Happy streaming!

For Your Listening Pleasure

From the mailbag…

Q: Can you do a post with a guide to streaming a local set of MP3s to the device?

Do you have to download a special channel or do you go through pandora or something? I haven’t ever tried anything for just music

Thanks again
The Sheriff

The easiest way to play music on a Roku is to add a channel.  There are a number of channels for internet sourced music…

  • iHeartRadio
  • Pandora
  • SHOUTcast Internet Radio
  • Slacker
  • Spotify
  • TuneIn Radio

If your Roku has a usb port, you can plug a thumb drive or usb disk into that and play media directly off the usb drive.  The Roku supports the following formats…

  • Video — MKV (H.264), MP4 (H.264)
  • Music — AAC, MP3
  • Photo — JPG, PNG

The Roku USB channel (in the Channel Store) organizes the files as music, movies, and photos displaying only the file types it can play.  In Photo or Music, press the Play button to initiate continuous play.  Fast Forward and Rewind navigate the playlist.  The channel supports repeat all and shuffle.  Nowhere USB is another usb drive file player.  With Nowhere USB, you can play videos continuously.  PlayUSB remembers where you left a movie so you can resume later.

If your Roku does not have a usb port, or of you want to play your media library on multiple Rokus, you can stream media from a server using Roksbox ($12.50), Plex ($0), or MyMedia.

Hope that answers your question.