After doing a limited A/B testing of the new look, YouTube has begun a full scale roll out of a new full screen width thumbnails look to the stream site. Instead of having smaller thumbnails with the titles of the just below them, you have have a widescreen looking thumbnail with the title under it in a cleaner font.
The update appears to be a cloud-side update so as long as you are running the latest version of the app, you should see this new look roll out to you over the course of the next few hours.
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After being in a limited test mode for the past several weeks, the new YouTube incognito mode is now rolling out to everyone. The feature allows you to eliminate the virtual footprints you leave while watching content on the streaming service. For Android users, you need to make sure you have the latest version of the app, build 13.25.56.
The new feature significantly cuts down on the amount of traceable information left when you view YouTube. All of your activity will not be tracked by the app so you won’t see similar content pop up later when you return to the app. Don’t want anyone to know about your cat video watching habits? Incognito mode is your answer.
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YouTube is now broadly rolling out the ability for all users, regardless if you are a YouTube Premium subscriber or not, to utilize the app’s support of Android Oreo’s Picture-in-Picture feature. By all indications, this is a cloud-side change so as long as you are running the latest version of YouTube on your phone (v 13.24.59 for those keeping score at home), you should see the update now or very shortly.
Up to this point, PiP has been limited to YouTube Red previously and now YouTube Premium as a benefit of the paid service. With this change, assuming that the content creator has given permission for PiP to happen, all YouTube users should be able to utilize the feature.
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The available movies on YouTube TV just got bigger – a lot bigger. The cord cutting streaming service has announced that Starz is now available on the service for $9 per month. As usual, it comes with a 7-day trial so you can check it out prior to your first billing.
What’s cool about this is that it isn’t just one Starz channel. In all, you get the entire 16 channel lineup from Starz with all of the benefits that you have with YouTube TV such as a cloud-based DVR.
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The new look YouTube PiP (Picture in Picture feature is now rolling out broadly to everyone this morning. The new design of the PiP is aimed at providing a bit more information about the video you have in the smaller view window such as the name of the video, not just a thumbnail of the video itself.
Now when you are viewing a video on YouTube and swipe down to put it into the PiP view, you will not only see the video but will see the title of the video as well as the creator of the content in a white panel next to it.
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And here we go again…. Google announced, literally in the middle of the night last night, that they are going to rebrand YouTube Red and revamp the YouTube Music app. It was odd timing to say the least.
YouTube Premium is essentially a rebranded YouTube Red. You get all the benefits of Red like downloading of content, ad-free content and access to YouTube original content like you do today. The price is $11.99/month and that includes the new YouTube Music. This too is similar to what is available today. If you subscribe to Google Play Music at $9.99/month, you get YouTube Red included.
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YouTube has finally enabled HDR video support for the iPhone X. The streaming content provider can now provide 1080p HDR videos for the flagship iPhone which has had a HDR display since its release. For those that don’t know, HDR stands for High Dynamic Range and provides amazingly accurate colors and depth of those colors. Both the iPhone X as well as the iPad Pro lineup have HDR displays.
Youtube has been rolling out support for HDR video for sometime now for Android with several devices supporting it such as the Samsung Galaxy S9 lineup, the Razer Phone, and Google’s Pixel 2 lineup.
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YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki announced this past week at BrandCast in New York that the video streaming and sharing service has now reached a staggering 1.8 billion monthly registered users watching content. It is a jump of some 300 million since the last update of usage figures were announced back in June 2017.
Perhaps even more staggering is the sheer amount of videos being uploaded on the service. Roughly 400 hours of videos are uploaded to YouTube every minute and the company now has some 10,000 monitors looking through content for sensitivity, criminal or terrorist related videos. Machine Learning and stricter policies will also help in managing the content on the site too.
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