<videovortex> youtube goes television

Geert Lovink geert at xs4all.nl
Mon Jan 19 12:05:38 CET 2009


January 15, 2009  |  Posted by: The YouTube Team  |  Permalink
Coming Up Next... YouTube on Your TV

Have you ever wanted to just sit on your couch and watch YouTube on  
your TV? Well, now that's possible via YouTube for Television,  
initially available through the Sony PS3 and Nintendo Wii game  
consoles at www.youtube.com/tv. Currently in beta, the TV Website  
offers a dynamic, lean-back, 10-foot television viewing experience  
through a streamlined interface that enables you to discover, watch  
and share YouTube videos on any TV screen with just a few quick clicks  
of your remote control. With enlarged text and simplified navigation,  
it makes watching YouTube on your TV as easy and intuitive as  
possible. Optional auto-play capability enables users to view related  
videos sequentially, emulating a traditional television experience.  
The TV Website is available internationally across 22 geographies and  
in over 12 languages.

As previously blogged, YouTube has partnered directly with major TV  
and set-top box manufacturers to bring YouTube into the living room.  
Still, very few such devices today contain a Web browser or provide  
access to YouTube. Our hope is that this site may help to accelerate  
an industry evolution towards open television access to Web video.  
Over time, we plan to add support for additional TV devices that  
provide Web browsers.

So grab some popcorn, gather your friends and sit back and enjoy the  
YouTube TV Website.

The YouTube Team

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