YouTube TV has launched a broad rollout of an updated “Now Playing” UI on all platforms over the previous week. The fresh YouTube TV UI provides bigger thumbnails, progressive fast-forward, and more to anything you watch on the service.
This updated YouTube TV interface only impacts the screen “Now Playing.” In other words, when scrubbing through or interacting with a show or film you are watching, the UI components that appear. The update rolls to all platforms including Android TV, Roku, Apple TV, consoles, and more from what we can say. Apparently, as of the end of last week, 50% of customers received the updated UI.
What has altered for YouTube TV in this fresh UI? First, those who use the service will notice a less obtrusive interface around their content. The bottom of the screen indicates only a search bar, program name, rating, and a few other tiny buttons. Now that the recommendation row along the bottom is buried, it’s a much cleaner look.
Nothing was discarded, though. Scrolling down the interface shows the data about the program, and there is a section called “Networks” to see what else is on TV. Another chapter, “More to Watch,” will provide on-demand suggestions for comparable content.
However, with this fresh UI, the greatest update for YouTube TV is how it treats searching within a program. Preview thumbnails have risen significantly in size, and it is now quicker to scroll itself. This update to YouTube TV provides progressive fast-forward, meaning that holding down the button will skip parts of the program quicker for longer. Specifically, the longer you hold down the button, it will skip 15 seconds, 30 seconds, and 1 minute. It makes it much easier than before to skipp commercials or longer parts of the program.
As stated above, this update is rolling out on all platforms to all YouTube TV subscribers. If you haven’t got it yet, uninstalling and reinstalling the request is one trick that seems to work for some subscribers.