We’ve got bad news for Roku owners who haven’t activated YouTube on their boxes yet. Zatz Not Funny is reporting that YouTube asked Roku to remove its channel because it wasn’t supposed to be available in the first place. Apparently Roku never got YouTube’s permission to add YouTube to their service.
YouTube is just one of the channels that was offered through a “private” Roku channel such as Nowhere TV. Nowhere TV provides access to content from CNN, Funny or Die, HGTV, Food Network and more. They can’t be found in the Roku Channel Store. Instead, you have to download them manually from the Nowhereman website.
YouTube can still be used by those who were already using it, but everyone else will have to wait until Roku and YouTube work out some sort of agreement. Roku told Zatz Not Funny that it’s current negotiating with YouTube and it’ll probably give us more details next week.