YouTube is the only Roku channel with that issue. Unfortunately there is nothing that i could do personally to fix this - but feel free (and invited ) to contact YouTube directly at http://youtube.com/roku_feedback and complain about that issue. If enough people complain, they'll fix it... one imagines.
Forget what it's called. but I have the little thumb drive-sized Roku. Hulu is the only other channel that really lags. And they've had a crappy UI forever. Anyway, glad I'm not the only one with YouTube problems. Now let's just hope a developer reads this.
Sorry if this isn't the right place, but I couldn't figure out where else to post this, or how to give feedback to the developers of the YouTube channel.
So here are my comments
1) I love it when it works (75-80% of the time). Lately, when trying to stream from my phone, it never connects. Even when it does work, it's pretty darn slow to connect. It beats having to deal with Plex or something like that, but still.
2) The bigger problem is that they need to put more time into the channel itself and not just assume that everyone will be accessing it from a phone via the YouTube app. Within this category, the biggest problem is that the YouTube channel doesn't seem to fully recognize the Roku remote app (I'm on Android). Specifically, I can navigate around the channel with the remote app, but I can't type into the search field with it. Every other channel seems to be able to do this, so why can't YouTube?
You're probably going to tell me that I should just access it from the YouTube app on my phone, and you're right. But case in point of the overall suckiness of the channel, yesterday it wouldn't stream from the YouTube app on my phone to Roku. Just hung in the "Connecting to Roku..." stage. So I had to go to Roku remote, which is a horrible experience when trying to select one letter at a time (and not even organized qwerty...whose bright idea was that...where else in life after kindergarten do we select letters ordered alphabetically?). Anyway,...
3) Last point is that even using the Roku remote, the navigating within channel is VERY slow and sluggish. The slowest of all the channels I use. Even worse than Hulu!
Hope the right people see this and can fix some it. Thanks Hope I'm not being too rude. Just trying to give some frank feedback.