Crazy way to watch youtube on a PPC Mac!

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by JoeG4, May 22, 2014.

  1. JoeG4 macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2002
    Bay Area, Ca.
    So my brother has autism and really likes TV. Not HDTVs and digital though. He's a vintage TV nut, he loves watching this video of some guy talking about his old montgomery ward tv he has for sale.. the UHF and the VHF parts and stuff.

    lol anyway, he doesn't have a TV right now, but asked me last night if I'd buy him a Roku box. When I asked what he'd hook it up to, he said the eyetv 250 hooked up to his computer.

    He has an intel iMac, but lately has been asking for an iMac G4 because his iMac has lived a pretty rough life and is ready for retirement. Yep, he wants to replace his 8 year old iMac with a 12 year old one.

    Soo.. let me recap: He wants to use the EyeTV to watch Youtube through a Roku on his computer.

    Sounds insane, right? But it would also work really well on PowerPC Macs lol. I don't think he saw that link but it's actually pretty clever, if you can live with the pixelated 480p stream coming from a PPC-compatible EyeTV device.

    Still, I wonder if anyone has tried it and if it's worth it. Last time I tried playing youtube on a PPC mac I used VLC and did it that way. AFAIK that can't be done anymore, but I'd love to be proven wrong.

    (And I think he's nuts for wanting an iMac G4. He'll probably get frustrated with it.)
  2. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    Hmm... I still use MacTubes perfectly fine. Heck, I even use it on my Intel Mac because of all the ads. So you wouldn't actually need the Roku to begin with.
  3. LOLZpersonok macrumors 6502a


    Aug 10, 2012
    Calgary, Canada
    Like what Jessica says, I don't think the Roku will be necessary, because MacTubes is a really great program.

    Its lack of advertisements aside, it's better to use on PowerPCs than YouTube in the browser because it's much faster for the PowerPC and you can change what type of player you use. I use it on my Power Mac G4 and it is significantly better than using YouTube with the browser. Also, you can download YouTube videos with the program.

    It's free too. Be sure to mention the program to your brother.
  4. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    If you don't mind not having suggestions or comments or all the other features of YouTube other than the videos themselves, MacTubes works a treat.
  5. MysticCow macrumors 6502a

    May 27, 2013
    I'll tell you what, I LOVE my Roku (and Plex, but that's another story). However, it's silly to hook it up to a computer so you can watch Youtube!

    You can use the following for Youtube woes:

    1. TenFourFox with an addon called QuickTime Enabler. TenFourFox is available here: and QuickTime Enabler is here:

    2. Alternatively, you can use TenFourFox with an addon called MacTubes Enabler. MacTubes Enabler is available here:

    3. You can straight up use MacTubes without the need for TenFourFox. It's easy to use, but doesn't give you the full Youtube experience (you can likely live without it!).

    4. You can use Leopard Webkit if you're running 10.5 with ClickToPlugin and ClickToFlash. While I know it sounds silly to use two extensions for the same job, it does help a lot.

    5. You can also turn on the Developer menu in Leopard Webkit and have it identify the browser as an iOS Safari. This will automatically take you to the mobile version of the site that doesn't have Flash and tends to load a lot easier. This is also how Classilla works, but I don't know exactly how it identifies itself.

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