YouTube to be streamed via Apple TV

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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  • Resolution?

    How good is a 2 inch by 2 inch low resolution mpeg going to look on your plasma tv screen?
    tic swayback
    • Not that...

      great. I have watched you tube with both the MacMini I have connected to my screen, and my Nintendo Wii. They get pretty blocky looking. I am hoping youtube will increase their resolution to 640x480, rather than 320x240. Or maybe even 480i.

    Like I haven't been able to do this for years with Windows and Linux. Yawn.
    • Who said it was innovative?

      NZ, Are you hearing voices again?

      It's not spectacular, just convenient. (If you like YouTube.)
      • Yes, convenient, not so innovative.

        NZ is too anal about Mac/Windows.
        May I recommend a week walking in the nature?
        No, no gadgets allowed! ;-P
    • and...

      and been able to do this for years with Mac OS X as well.... whats your point? This isn't about an OS or a computer...
  • Great!

    Watch my YOUTUBE videos.
    Feldwebel Wolfenstool
    • Will they be

      in a resolution worth watching? Nothing against the content, but alot of the videos on YouTube are quite "blocky"
      John Zern
      • Will

        goo,There was a time I had no occupation. Yet my contacts recommended me You won't believe this, I searhed there and saw what I sought. Now I think what can it be. It was like a miracle. Who has got the exact same?
  • Resolution starts with content providers

    Good argument about the resolution issue on HDTV's. But even if YouTube upped their flash video to a larger resolution, it would still do little good.

    If the content was not uploaded at a higher resolution, then it's not going to look good no matter what YouTube does. Given the fact that there is a 100meg limit on video size, that will make things difficult for a content provider to upload a higher resolution video and still keep within the file size limitations.

    I think that also, YouTube should allow content providers to upload video in the .FVL format. Every time video in converted, it looses quality. For example, you may capture video at uncompressed MPEG2. Then edit it, and re-encode it using an MPEG4 codec(s), or WMV. When you upload it to Youtube, it gets transcoded yet again to flash video. All those conversions only hurt video quality. Allowing .FLV as an upload format would allow content providers to author content directly for YouTube distribution, increase video quality, and shorten the time it takes to get video up and ready to go on YouTube. Not to mention, the workflow process on YouTubes size is reduced because they don't have to convert the video.

    I would even like to see YouTube adapt an in-demand strategy for video. When content providers upload video, it should be archived in its original format, in addition to being transcoded to flash video (if needed). When 3rd party applications want to stream video in (like AppleTV or maybe an Xbox 360), the archived video should be streamed to the client as an option.

    On a modern day application with a multi-core processor, it would be trivial to transcode the archived video in real time using one of the cores on the processor to do the heavy lifting, and then display the video in whatever format works best given the situation. You would have to buffer it, and a broadband connection would be a must. But the video could be scaled to whatever works best for the situation, instead of scaling everything down to the lowest common format (flash on low bandwidth), and then trying to bring it back up again to HDTV levels.