Soon, you'll be able to watch YouTube Shorts on your TV.
The 60-second YouTube films known as Shorts are now available on televisions with a large screen experience. The TV screen, the platform's fastest-growing surface, will now allow users to watch Shorts, according to YouTube Chief Product Officer Neal Mohan. Here is a brief explanation of how YouTube created this and which TVs are compatible with it.
When will YouTube Shorts be available on TV, and which TVs will support this?
According to YouTube, the experience will start to roll out on TV models (2019 and later) soon. It is reasonable to expect that this update will support the majority of the well-known manufacturers of smart TVs. In the upcoming weeks, YouTube will also make this available on more recent game systems. You'll probably need to upgrade the YouTube app on your smart TV in order to watch Shorts shortly.
What will YouTube Shorts on TV look like?
According to YouTube, the design that is now in use is a modified version of a prototype that has been through multiple iterations of testing. All the components that viewers would anticipate from Shorts and YouTube will be displayed in the design. This includes locating similar videos, leaving comments, and using the like and subscribe buttons. Future versions will include more capability, according to the plan.
According to YouTube's study, people favored the more "maximal" prototype with more obvious functionality. According to the blog, the prototype included "linked tags to comments and even a color-sampled blurring backdrop."
The blog article continues by outlining how YouTube's user experience design leaders made sure that quick videos could be seen on TVs. Given the vertical nature of the videos and users' ability to quickly scroll down to the next video, Shorts is more naturally suited to mobile platforms; however, bringing the same experience on a TV screen proved to be more challenging. According to YouTube, they had to make sure that watching Shorts on TV felt the same as watching them on a mobile device.
YouTube originally built three prototype solutions and requested input from a small group of users.
Showing Shorts in the default YouTube video player is one option. It would appear customized in the second choice, better filling the empty areas on each side of the video. The third option termed the "Jukebox" style, displayed many Shorts simultaneously filling the screen. More people chose the second choice because of its attraction.
According to what YouTube discovered, "viewers preferred to be in control of their viewing experience and were content to actively proceed to the next Short rather than having the feed autoplay." "Normally, we feel that amount of interaction with a remote might be tiresome, but a short-form video is special in this situation. Like with Shorts on mobile, research shows that users want and even demand to control their viewing experience, and the post continues.
Based on the results of the most recent study, YouTube developed two prototypes of a customized Shorts video player after conducting its initial investigation. In the end, study subjects preferred the prototype with more obvious functionality, and this is the one that is being made available to all users.