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How to Watch YouTube on a Third-Generation Apple TV

Wednesday March 3, 2021 12:57 pm PST by
Beginning March 2021, YouTube officially ended support for its YouTube app on third-generation Apple TV models. If you own the older set-top box, which launched in January 2013, you'll be unable to access the video platform directly via the official YouTube Apple TV app. (You're also basically in the same situation if you own the second-generation Apple TV, which doesn't have an App Store at...

iOS 14: Picture in Picture Not Working in YouTube? Here's a Workaround

Tuesday September 22, 2020 8:34 pm PDT by
In iOS 14, Apple added a Picture in Picture mode on iPhone that lets you watch a video in a small screen on your device while you continue to do other things on the phone. Picture in Picture mode doesn't work in the YouTube app, although it was possible to watch videos in Picture in Picture on YouTube's mobile website through Safari until YouTube intentionally nixed the workaround last...

How to Use the YouTube App's New Voice Search Feature When Casting to a Smart TV

Tuesday December 24, 2019 4:30 am PST by
The official YouTube app for iOS has gained a new voice search feature that aims to make searching for content easier when you're casting YouTube video to a smart TV. Once you've connected your iPhone or iPad to a smart TV, you can search with your voice via the mobile app, as well as use it to pause, play, and adjust the volume on your TV. Here's how it works. Download and launch the You...

How to Disable Autoplaying Videos in the YouTube App's Home Tab

Tuesday December 4, 2018 5:20 am PST by
Over the next few weeks, YouTube is rolling out a new feature for its mobile app called "Autoplay on Home," which automatically plays videos that appear on your Home tab. As you scroll through your Home feed, videos will begin to play on mute with captions auto-enabled. Google claims the previously Premium-only feature is a better way to experience new content on the go, and will help you...

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YouTube Switches to Free, Ad-Supported Streaming Strategy for Original TV Shows

Friday May 3, 2019 3:18 am PDT by
YouTube on Thursday announced a new original TV content strategy that will see the Google-owned video hub make new programs available to users on a free, ad-supported basis (via Deadline). Nine new programs will be made available on YouTube this year, with a mix of original content, including a documentary about sports tricks outfit Dude Perfect, and an interactive series featuring YouTube...
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YouTube App Now Natively Supports 2018 iPad Pro Displays, But Home Indicator Overlaps Menu Bar [Fixed]

Monday January 14, 2019 5:50 am PST by
YouTube updated its iOS app over the weekend with native support for the layout and resolutions of the latest 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro displays, but as noted on Twitter and Reddit, the home indicator now overlaps the bottom menu bar. Two steps forward, one step backward for now, but hopefully Google addresses this issue in a subsequent update to the app. On the iPhone X and newer, the...
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YouTube App for iOS Gains HDR Support for iPhone XS and XS Max

Wednesday September 26, 2018 4:06 pm PDT by
YouTube this week introduced an update to its iOS app, quietly adding HDR support on the new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max models, as pointed out on Reddit. Both the iPhone XS and XS Max, like the iPhone X, feature "Super Retina" HDR displays that support HDR videos. HDR videos offer up a broader range of colors and luminance compared to non-HDR content. When watching HDR videos on YouTube, ...
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YouTube Updates Smartphone Apps With 'Time Watched' Digital Health Tool

Monday August 27, 2018 8:35 am PDT by
YouTube is the latest app to gain a new "digital wellbeing" section in its iOS and Android apps, allowing you to see how much time you've spent watching YouTube recently. Google announced at I/O in May that it would be introducing a "Time watched" section in YouTube, and today the rollout has begun. Once you update YouTube on iOS to version 13.33, open the app and tap your profile picture in...
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Twitch Plans to 'Aggressively Broaden' its Content and Expand Beyond Gaming as it Battles YouTube

Wednesday August 15, 2018 5:45 am PDT by
Twitch, the platform known as a place to watch streamers play games like League of Legends, Fortnite, and Overwatch, is now looking into becoming a "broader video service" that would cater to lifestyle vloggers from rival company YouTube. According to a report today by Bloomberg, Amazon-owned Twitch has decided to "aggressively broaden" the programming on the platform to directly compete with...
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YouTube Testing New Explore Tab on Mobile Devices

Monday July 23, 2018 4:48 pm PDT by
YouTube today announced on its Creator Insider channel that it is experimenting with a new Explore Tab on mobile devices, which is designed to expose YouTube viewers to content they might not otherwise experience. The Explore Tab will recommend different topics, channels, or videos that wouldn't typically come up in a user's traditional feed. Explore Tab recommendations are still personalized...
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YouTube Testing Non-Chronological Video Order in Subscription Feeds for Some Users

Thursday May 24, 2018 6:29 am PDT by
Following in the footsteps of companies like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, YouTube this week confirmed that it is "experimenting" with a way to organize its users Subscription Feeds that removes reverse chronological order and uses algorithms to "personalize" the video order. The news came from the @TeamYouTube Twitter account after it responded to a disgruntled user (via iGeneration)....
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New $10 YouTube Music Service to Launch Next Week, Replacing Google Play Music

Thursday May 17, 2018 1:08 am PDT by
Google is launching YouTube Music next week, shortly followed by YouTube Premium – a revamped version of its ad-free YouTube Red subscription service with a renewed focus on original programming. Announced on Wednesday in a blog post, the shake-up in services represents a splitting of the original YouTube Red subscription model, which gave users both ad-free music streaming and access to original ...
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YouTube Testing Incognito Mode for Private Video Browsing in Mobile App

Tuesday May 15, 2018 9:14 am PDT by
Google has offered an Incognito Mode in its Chrome web browser for nearly ten years now, offering users the chance to disable their browsing history and web cache while the mode remains active. Features like Incognito Mode offer peace of mind since users can navigate to any website without being tracked and without cookies being stored, all while maintaining the same features as a normal web...
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YouTube Introduces HDR Video Support on iPhone X

Thursday May 10, 2018 6:52 am PDT by
YouTube recently began rolling out support for high dynamic range video content on iPhone X, as noted by users on the MacRumors forums and Reddit. HDR videos provide a broader range of colors and luminance compared to sub-HDR content, and the format also supports quality video playback on a wide variety of screen sizes. For iOS users, YouTube videos in HDR can be viewed on the iPhone X, but...
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YouTube Increasing Ads Between Music Videos So More Users Pay for Upcoming Streaming Service

Wednesday March 21, 2018 5:06 am PDT by
YouTube will soon place more advertisements in between music videos for some users, in an attempt to "smoke out" anyone who treats YouTube like a free music video playlist service and convince them to pay for its upcoming subscription music service (via Bloomberg). YouTube's unnamed service is described as a "necessary counterweight" to Apple Music and Spotify, and was last rumored to be launching...
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YouTube for iOS Gains New Dark Mode

Tuesday March 13, 2018 9:32 am PDT by
YouTube is adding a new dark theme to its iOS app, which is rolling out to iOS users starting today, reports The Verge. The new theme, once available, can be activated by tapping on your account icon, selecting settings, and choosing "dark theme" to turn it on. Dark theme will invert many of the colors of the YouTube AI, replacing the traditional white background with a black background. Ima ...
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YouTube TV Price Increasing to $40 for New Subscribers Starting Tomorrow

Monday March 12, 2018 1:03 pm PDT by
The price for Google's YouTube TV subscription service will be increasing to $40 per month for new subscribers starting tomorrow, up from the current price of $35 per month. Google first warned potential subscribers about the new pricing for YouTube TV in February, and today is the last day to sign up at the current $35 per month price point. Existing subscribers will continue to be able to...
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YouTube App on Apple TV Updated Following User Complaints Over Subscriptions Layout and More

Friday February 23, 2018 6:30 am PST by
It's been just over two weeks since YouTube updated its Apple TV app with a major redesign, essentially bringing the app in line with YouTube on other products like Android TV, smart TVs, PS4, and Xbox One. While the original YouTube Apple TV app was never widely favored, the new update was met with even more blowback from some users, who referenced laggy controls, poorer playback UI, illogical...
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YouTube App for Apple TV Receives Major Redesign

Wednesday February 7, 2018 12:56 pm PST by
The YouTube app for the Apple TV received a complete design overhaul today, introducing a new interface that's similar in design to the YouTube app for iOS, YouTube on the desktop, and the YouTube app for other television platforms. Rather than a single navigation bar at the top that links to sections like Search, Home, and Subscriptions, there's a new universal search bar that's easier to...
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YouTube TV App Officially Launches for Apple TV

Thursday February 1, 2018 3:07 pm PST by
YouTube this morning teased that its YouTube TV Apple TV app was "coming very soon," and "coming very soon" apparently meant this afternoon. The YouTube TV app is now available for download from the App Store on the Apple TV, where it is featured prominently in a banner. YouTube TV's new Apple TV app comes just in time for Super Bowl LII, which is set to take place on Sunday, February 4....
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New Live TV Streaming Numbers Place YouTube TV at Just Over 300K Subscribers and Hulu at 450K

Monday January 22, 2018 7:37 am PST by
Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV both launched in the spring of 2017, offering customers over-the-top live television streaming options in line with established services like Sling TV and DirecTV Now. Today, sources revealed to CNBC that Hulu with Live TV now has 450,000 paid subscribers -- "not including recent promotional customers" -- while YouTube TV has just over 300,000 as of the...
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YouTube Currently Testing New Dark Mode for Mobile iOS App

Tuesday January 16, 2018 1:11 am PST by
YouTube appears to be in the testing phase of adding a new dark theme for its official iOS app, according to reports. Reddit user Dean Cobb revealed on Monday night that a new dark mode was already live as an option in the Settings section of the app after updating to version 13.01.4. Dark mode via Redditor amievengabereal However, as of this morning, rollout of the feature still seems...
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YouTube TV Delays Apple TV App to Q1 2018

Tuesday December 19, 2017 6:22 am PST by
YouTube has delayed its YouTube TV apps for Apple TV and Roku devices until the first quarter of 2018, a company representative told CNET today. The over-the-top service's Apple TV app was initially planned for a launch before the end of 2017, so with less than two weeks left in the year the company has officially pushed back the app's launch to next year. Around the same Q1 2018 window,...
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YouTube to Launch Music Subscription Service in March 2018

Thursday December 7, 2017 4:05 pm PST by
Apple's streaming music service will soon face another major competitor, as YouTube prepares to launch a paid music service in March of 2018, reports Bloomberg. YouTube has already inked a deal with Warner Music Group and is in talks with Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, and Merlin, a group of independent labels. The service will allow YouTube to better compete with Spotify and ...