YouTube to be streamed via Apple TV

Summary:YouTube is coming to your television--at least via Apple TV.Apple said today in a statement that it will stream YouTube videos to its Apple TV device so they can be viewed on a widescreen television.

YouTube is coming to your television--at least via Apple TV.

Apple said today in a statement that it will stream YouTube videos to its Apple TV device so they can be viewed on a widescreen television. Apple CEO Steve Jobs also mentioned the move at D5.

What's notable about this announcement is it may be a fledgling step to making a YouTube a next-generation TV network. Apple noted that it will bring the originally-created content on YouTube to TV, which should be good news for the site's best content producers.

Apple said the YouTube videos should be available in mid-June, with "thousands more each week until the full YouTube catalog is available this fall." The YouTube catalog will be delivered via a software update.

Meanwhile, Apple also announced that it's adding a build-to-order Apple TV with a 160GB hard drive. That version of Apple TV will have a price tag of $399, or $100 more than the usual version.

Topics: Apple, Hardware, Social Enterprise

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