YouTube TV Adds Casting Support For Roku Players




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When YouTube TV first launched it only worked on Android, iOS, and Chromecast via casting. Later they added support for casting to Apple TV, and released an app on Android TV. Now YouTube TV has added support for Roku players and TVs.

UPDATE: A few hours ago Google updated YouTube to remove support for casting to Roku Players. Details can be found HERE.

Recently (not exactly sure when) YouTube TV has added support for casting to Roku players and Roku TVs. Now with just the standard YouTube Roku Channel installed you can now cast YouTube TV from your phone or tablet to your Roku player. This opens up YouTube TV to Roku owners around the United States.

Update: The casting only seems to work with phones and tablets. Casting from the computers is still not supported at this time,

Recently it was reported that YouTube TV has signed up around 330,000 live TV subscribers since it launched in April 2017. That puts YouTube TV close to the last reported numbers for Hulu and PlayStation Vue of about 400,000. (The PlayStation Vue numbers are over six months old and again came from sources familiar with the situation.) One of the big reasons that YouTube TV was so far behind Sling TV with over 2,000,000 subscribers was lack of device support and limited markets. Now YouTube TV can be viewed on the most popular streaming player in the United States.

In December 2017 YouTube TV topped 80 metro markets by adding 34 new markets. Right now YouTube TV is available to about half of the United States population.

Here are all the new markets YouTube TV added in December 2017:

  • Albany
  • Baton Rouge
  • Buffalo
  • Cedar Rapids
  • Chattanooga
  • Colorado Springs
  • Des Moines
  • Flint
  • Fresno-Visalia
  • Ft. Myers-Naples
  • Ft. Smith-Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers (Arkansas)
  • Grand Rapids
  • Green Bay
  • Greenville (either SC or NC, whichever didn’t have it last time)
  • Huntsville-Decatur (Florida)
  • Jackson (Mississippi)
  • Knoxville
  • Little Rock
  • Madison
  • New Orleans
  • Omaha
  • Paducah-Cape Girardeau-Harrisburg
  • Portland-Auburn (Maine)
  • Providence
  • Roanoke-Lynchburg (Virginia)
  • Rochester
  • Savannah
  • Shreveport
  • South Bend-Elkhart (Indiana)
  • Spokane
  • Springfield (Missouri)
  • Toledo
  • Tucson
  • Tulsa
  • Waco

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