YouTube Overhauls Connected-TV Interface, Starting with Xbox One

Google’s YouTube, eager to get more play on the biggest screen in the house, is rolling out an upgraded interface for connected-TV devices designed to provide even faster access to videos.

The new look has arrived first on Microsoft’s Xbox One videogame console, and is slated to come to Sony’s PlayStation 3, Roku, smart TVs and other devices in the coming weeks, a Google rep said. The enhanced YouTube interface for TVs is separate from the company’s Chromecast and Android TV projects, he added.

The revised TV interface is supposed to make the experience of browsing for content on HDTVs similar to the way users access YouTube on other platforms. Earlier this year, YouTube began rolling out a new layout for its website with a left-aligned menu bar.

Among the major enhancements in the new YouTube connected-TV interface are the ability to browse playlists and subscribed channels in just a few clicks of a remote.

“The channels you subscribe to and videos you care about will be a click away with a guide on the left side that’s just like the guide you see on YouTube on your computer, phone and tablet,” said Google software engineer Tyler Breisch in a blog post.

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