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Apple TV's Got YouTube

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on June 21, 2007

pic_youtubelogo_123x63.gifAs promised at the end of May, YouTube is now available on Apple TV. The new feature will eventually be downloaded automatically to all units, but if you want it now, you just have to force a software update from the Settings menu. The process takes about 10 minutes, depending on your connection speed.

It’s a welcome addition to Apple TV’s still somewhat limited menu of viewing choices. Not all YouTube content can be viewed, only that which has been converted to the h.264 format Apple TV wants. Apple says there are about 10,000 clips available with lots more on the way.

Two drawbacks:

First, most YouTube content is of poor video quality. What looks good in a small window on a computer display looks pretty bad on a big screen TV. what looks bad on the computer looks really terrible. If we’re all going to be watching YouTube on big screens, those cell phone videos aren’t going to cut it.

Second, search is a pain. The idea is fine—you type in your search term and thumbnails of videos matching what you have typed so far. The problem is that typing using the remote and an on-screen keyboard is really a pain and it’s far too easy to select one of the thumbnails by mistake. A wireless Apple TV keyboard anyone?

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July 9, 2007 09:54 PM

Apple TV puts your iTunes library — movies, TV shows, music, and podcasts on your TV. And your digital photos appear in high definition, so you can put on a big-screen slideshow. With up to 200 hours of video, 36,000 songs, or 25,000 photos at your command, there’s always something good on TV.

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