When it comes to streaming media on the Roku, the only thing missing is access to live TV shows. At first, it might seem like nothing can be done about this… but there is a solution.
With the Justin.TV channel, you can find hundreds of live streams from people all over the world. At first glance, you might dismiss this channel as useless but if you look closer you can find the diamonds in the rough.
Because anyone can setup a live stream, there are lots of people who setup live streams of popular TV shows. The keyword there is popular. If a show is not popular, it is not likely that someone will take the time to stream it. The reason for this is that people like knowing that they have a high number of viewers. If they find they are not getting lots of views, they don’t see any reason to stream.
Obviously, TV shows are not the only popular thing being streamed. If you are a sports fan, this is a great way to catch popular sports games or events on your Roku. Again, the more popular the match, the more likely it is to be streamed. Things like the Superbowl or the World Series are pretty much guaranteed to be streamed by multiple people.
Justin.TV is not just available on Roku. You can also watch it from your computer which is a good way to find things you want to watch as it is a bit easier to search the site using a computer. Once you find something you want to watch, you can easily search for it by name using your Roku device.
Technically, the channel is actually called ‘The Unofficial Justin.TV’ channel because it has been made by a developer not associated with the Justin.tv website. You will not be able to install the Justin.TV channel through the official Roku store because it is currently release as a Roku private channel.
Roku private channels can only be added by using a unique channel code and adding it through the Roku web interface that is linked to your device when you first setup your Roku.
To install the Justin.TV channel on your Roku, click on the link below.
Or, if you prefer to add the channel manually you can follow these steps.
- Go to http://owner.roku.com and sign into your account
- After logging in, click on the link ‘Add a Private Channel’
- In the textbox, type in justintv
- Click the ‘Add Channel’ button
- On the confirmation screen, click the ‘Yes, Add Channel’ button
After you have completed those steps, the Justin.TV channel will be set to install on your Roku device the next time it checks in with Roku for updates. To speed up this process, you can open the Official Roku Channel Store on your Roku device and then exit it. This will start the update process which will install any new channels selected.
If you get any errors when trying the steps above; check that you have typed everything correctly. If you receive a message saying the channel is unavailable in your region or country, you won’t be able to get the channel.
If you have any problems, or want to share some good streams with others; make sure you use the comment section below.