YouTube

Small changes, big im­prove­ment

Mac|Life - - BETTER LIVING THROUGH SMARTER TECH - J.R. Book­wal­ter

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My kids love watch­ing YouTube videos, but the Ap­ple TV ex­pe­ri­ence al­ways felt like a second-class one. As if gen­er­ally laggy per­for­mance wasn’t enough, sub­scrip­tions were dis­played in a long, seem­ingly end­less hor­i­zon­tal list. To top it off, there wasn’t even a progress bar to in­di­cate which videos were al­ready viewed or in progress. We wound up us­ing Roku in­stead.

Mer­ci­fully, all of th­ese is­sues have been re­solved as of ver­sion 2.01.04 for fourth and fifth-gen­er­a­tion Ap­ple TV mod­els. Con­tent in the Sub­scrip­tions tab now ap­pears in a grid lay­out like it used to, con­trols are more re­spon­sive, video scrub­bing once again works great with the Siri Re­mote touch­pad, the search key­board works bet­ter with third-party re­motes, and you can now see which videos have been watched. Good­bye Roku!

The user in­ter­face of YouTube’s Ap­ple TV app is now mas­sively im­proved.

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