Let it be not be said that Google neglected the Google TV platform today at I/O. Though it wasn't mentioned during this morning's 3 hour-plus keynote, the company rolled out a new version of the YouTube app for TV during the presentation.

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Specifically, the updated application brings a simplified UI, enhanced video playback controls, and support for paid channels. The video discovery and subscription tabs now show playlists with blown-up video thumbnails and bolded titles for easier browsing. When playing a video, it's easier to subscribe to the content creator's respective channel, +1 the video on Google Plus, and see related videos. And YouTube's recently unveiled paid channels are now supported natively.

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The new YouTube for Google TV app should work with all existing Google TV devices, including set-top boxes by Logitech and Sony, and LG's television sets. It's available now, so if you own a Revue or NSZ-GS7, grab it on Google Play.

Kyle Wiggers
Kyle Wiggers is an avid writer, web designer, podcaster, and video producer with an acute interest in all things technology. When not reviewing or commentating on gadgets, apps, and videos, he enjoys reading New Yorker feature articles, tinkering with computers, and playing the occasional game of Rock Me Archimedes.

  • Niall Till

    they have also updated google tv to the latest version of android so its no longer left behind

  • Jagadiswar Jaggari

    Can someone extract the apk and upload it to be used on my Android TV Stick?

  • Microsoftjunkie

    Wish the youtube app on my 360 performed better. Reminds me slightly of it. Glad they're improving.

  • Mike Reid

    Ads too ?

    I've suddenly been seeing signs of ads on Youtube again today, at least running Firefox with AdBlock Plus on Ubuntu. Don't see the ad, but have to click to bypass a wait.