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Update: Video demo and analysis in a new post. YouTube XL: The Living Room Remodel Gets Delayed. YouTube today is launching XL, a new interface for the site that is customized for televisions. Rather than a downloadable app for lean-back viewing, like Hulu just launched (though […]

Update: Video demo and analysis in a new post. YouTube XL: The Living Room Remodel Gets Delayed.

YouTube today is launching XL, a new interface for the site that is customized for televisions. Rather than a downloadable app for lean-back viewing, like Hulu just launched (though Hulu forbids use on anything other than a laptop), YouTube is choosing to go all browser, no plug-in required. Just go to youtube.com/xl.

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The AJAX-powered UI expands to any size window and features full-screen mode. HD video looks pretty great. You can use your Android phone on the same Wi-Fi network as a remote, or a wireless keyboard. A continuous play feature automatically queues up playlists or search terms. It doesn’t yet feature any ads.

XL, which had previously been beta-released as YouTube TV, will give access to almost all YouTube content, but not some premium content. That’s for the same reasons as why Hulu, whose content is all from premium outlets, can’t explicitly enable viewers to watch in the living room: rights holders don’t want to compete with TV because their existing business models depend on it.

“I want to remind you guys that this works in all modern browsers, even IE,” Kuan Yong, product manager for YouTube platforms, told a group of reporters gathered at YouTube’s San Bruno, Calif., headquarters today. “This is all happening in the browser.”

Yong said YouTube has discontinued making deals with TV manufacturers, as it did last year, because that required making custom versions of the site, something that was not “scalable.” However, he admitted that it’s likely to be two to three years at least before browser-enabled TVs are pervasive. Today you can hook up a computer to display on your TV or use your PS3 or Wii browsers, as Yong demonstrated.

XL does not feature YouTube’s social features, such as commenting. “XL is really when you just want to watch video; it’s not really a social experience,” said Yong. “Maybe it’s just you and the couch and a pint of ice cream.”

  1. [...] XL: The Living Room Remodel Gets Delayed YouTube today presented YouTube XL, a TV-optimized alternate layout for its site that runs through any web browser. [...]

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  2. BTW, “XL” stands for “extra large” YouTube. I suggested to the YouTube team that they rename their mobile version XS (youtube.com/xs) and they laughed and said someone on their team had thought of that too.

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  3. [...] premium shows off-limits—just like with Hulu. Kuan Yong, product manager for YouTube platforms, told NewTeeVee that YouTube XL would serve as the default web-to-TV video interface moving forward, since [...]

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  5. Did they show you guys the interface on the Wii?

    My browser here is still pulling up the service for how it looked when it was the YouTube for Television Beta, but the improvements that have been made are working (like not dropping the video when hitting the info button).

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    1. @Geoff – They did show a tiny bit of the new interface on the Wii , but they said it was hard to optimize for video on the device given its limitations. What do you think of it?

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  7. [...] YouTube XL Tries Bringing Web Video to Your TV NEWTEEVEE YouTube today is launching XL, a new interface for the site that is customized for televisions. Rather than a downloadable app for lean-back viewing, like Hulu just launched (though Hulu forbids use on anything other than a laptop), YouTube is choosing to go all browser, no plug-in required. The AJAX-powered UI expands to any size window and features full-screen mode. HD video looks pretty great. You can use your Android phone on the same Wi-Fi network as a remote, or a wireless keyboard. A continuous play feature automatically queues up playlists or search terms. It doesn’t yet feature any ads. Source> [...]

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  8. [...] the company has partnered with Blockbuster to integrate Blockbuster OnDemand, and will integrate YouTube XL and [...]

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  9. [...] The announcement is significant because YouTube rarely acknowledges tech partners, preferring to build things itself when it [...]

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