How to add the YouTube TV app to your Roku player and watch over 70 live television channels

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Not to be confused with the separate, standalone YouTube service, YouTube TV is a premium streaming channel that offers live television programming from more than 70 TV channels. It includes local streams of all the major networks, as well as ESPN, CNN, the Disney Channel, and more.

YouTube TV also includes a DVR-like recording feature that lets you store an unlimited amount of live TV (for as long as 9 months) to watch anytime you like.

The service costs $49.99 per month, and you can watch with up to six accounts at once. You can also add more premium cable channels, like Starz and Showtime, for an additional fee.

For more information on YouTube TV, check out our article, "'What is YouTube TV?': Everything you need to know about YouTube's subscription streaming service."

To watch YouTube TV on Roku, you'll just need to install the channel.

Check out the products mentioned in this article:

Roku Ultra (From $99.99 at Best Buy)

How to add YouTube TV to Roku

You can watch YouTube TV on most Roku players. Here's how to get started.

1. Using your Roku remote, press the Home button.

2. Select "Streaming Channels" in the list on the left side of the screen, and then select "Search Channels."

hulu 1Use the Search page to find the Hulu channel, if it's not already installed.Dave Johnson/Business Insider

3. Search for "YouTube TV." When it appears in the search results, select "Add Channel." Remember that YouTube TV is a separate channel from YouTube.

youtube 2When you find YouTube TV in the search results, add the channel to your Roku player.Dave Johnson/Business Insider

4. After the channel is installed, select "OK."

5. Press the Home button again.

6. Find "YouTube TV" and select it to open it.

7. If you haven't already subscribed to YouTube TV, you can follow the instructions to sign up using your Roku player and a web browser.

youtube 3To start watching YouTube TV, enter the code displayed on the screen in a browser that's signed into your Google account.Dave Johnson/Business Insider

Which Roku players are compatible with YouTube TV

Unfortunately, a number of older Roku players can't play the YouTube TV channel.

Here's a list of all the models that are fully compatible with YouTube TV:

  • All Roku TVs
  • Roku Ultra
  • Roku Streaming Stick+ and Roku Streaming Stick (3800x and 3600x)
  • Roku Express/Express+ (3910x, 3900x, 3710x, and 3700x)
  • Roku Premiere+
  • Roku Premiere
  • Roku 4, Roku 3 (4200x and 4230x), and Roku 2 (4210x)

To find out your Roku player's model number:

1. Press the Home button on your Roku remote.

2. Select "Settings" in the menu on the left.

3. Select "System."

4. Select "About." You should see your model number.

Cross-reference your Roku model with the list above to see if it's compatible.

youtube 4You can check your player's model number to see if it's compatible with YouTube TV.Dave Johnson/Business Insider

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