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Roku develops app for current-gen devices to stream YouTube

MUMBAI: In his official blog, Roku VP content acquisition Ed Lee has provided an update on the availability of YouTube on the streaming platform of Roku.

Ed confirmed the video sharing website’s availability in the Roku Channel Store for all current-generation Roku devices in the US, Canada, UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Earlier, YouTube was available only on the Roku 3 and Roku streaming sticks. It is now available as an app on all of what Roku calls its ‘current-generation’ boxes, those made after July 2011.

Current-generation players introduced after July 2011 include the Roku LT, Roku 1, Roku 2, Roku 2 HD, Roku 2 XD, Roku 2XS, Roku 3, the Roku Streaming Stick (both HDMI and Roku Ready versions) and the Roku HD model #2500.

With the addition of YouTube to all its devices, Roku has made a catching-up act with Fire TV of Amazon. Apple TV is still to provide its users with similar services.

Netflix offers a similar app, but it is for set-top boxes and smart TVs.

Ed says that the company appreciates users’ patience in waiting for the development. Users previously had to access via workaround apps such as Twonky.

Based in Saragota, California, Roku manufactures home digital media products. It is recognises for its set-top boxes with most online video content (now about 1,500 channels).