Cannot add youtube channel

I’m trying to add which won’t work. Can anybody try this?

I also tried adding it via:

and the id from here:

which gave me:

If you read the Channel ID directly from the feed itself, rather than through a 3rd party service, does it still fail? (If so, then yes, I suspect Youtube wants to funnel you through its own subscription notification system)

edited from How to subscribe to YouTube RSS Feeds without third-party services - gHacks Tech News

  1. Open the creator channel on YouTube, e.g.,
  2. Right-click on a blank part of the page and select “view page source”. Depending on the browser that you use, it may have a slightly different name. Alternatively, prepend view-source: before the URL and hit the Enter-key.
  3. Search for browse_id. You may open the search option with Ctrl-F, or from the browser’s main menu.
  4. The browser jumps to the first instance of browse_id in the source code. Copy the string of the value field that is right next to it; this is the channel’s ID.

On the page on ycombinator mentioned by @steanne the problem is reported to be solved… magically :slight_smile:

Seems to be a common prob from time to time with YT fiddling with their software…

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The following two links are the same YouTube channel:

Newsblur finds the RSS feed using the second link, but not the first.
I would appreciate it if Newsblur could look up the channel ID and RSS feed automatically.

Good idea! I’m fixing other YouTube issues today, but I’ll deploy this fix later today.

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Ok, everything YouTube related is now fixed. We support playlists, channels, and usernames. I’ve also added support for style urls. Happy to add any more functionality, just let me know!


Thx a lot :slight_smile: Will test it out and come back in case :wink:

Seems the Channel name is lost on the already subscribed channels in the overview column and on the post itself:

When adding new ones they are shown as expected:

Excellent catch, fixed and deployed. It should be automatically fixed within the next few hours for those stories.

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@samuelclay Thanks! It works great now. However, I get a weird result when adding this YouTube channel: – is that channel configured wrong somehow?

Just confirming that I get an error with the channel you referenced too. I thought the dash from the one in my thread might be the issue but obviously there’s something else going on.

I poked around in the source code for the front page of various YouTube channels. They all have an RSS link element, for example:

<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS"

It seems to me that NewsBlur should be using that.

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