YouTube is the biggest streaming service in the world, and most of you already know about it. One thing that you may not know is some of YouTube’s subsidiary services that are available for a wide range of devices.
As several TV manufacturers are integrating smart features even in affordable entry-level TVs, the availability of YouTube services has become a necessity at this point. In case you have a smart TV in your house, here are 4 YouTube smart TV apps that you should definitely give a try.
The YouTube app for Smart TVs offers the same functionality as the one that you are used to on your smartphone or web browser. The user interface is a bit different – mostly to accommodate for the remote-based input.
The sidebar on the left consists of several sections of the app, including Home, Subscriptions, Library, and Settings. Here’s more about them in details:
- Home: Shows you an endless list of recommended videos based on your interests.
- Subscriptions: Shortcut to the list of your subscriptions and the latest videos uploaded by the YouTube channels that you are subscribed to.
- Library: Keeps your watch history, playlists, and ‘Watch Later’ videos in one place.
- Settings: Contains the settings for autoplay, UI contrast, restricted mode, and language. You can also link a Smart TV with your smartphone for casting videos.
You also have quick access to videos related gaming, music, movies, as well as the YouTube Originals. Note that you have to either buy or rent a movie first in order to access it. The same goes for YouTube Originals. A monthly subscription of ₹129 ($11.99 in the US) gets you YouTube Premium, which removes commercials and unlocks premium YouTube Originals content.
It should be noted that you can neither access the comments section nor leave a public comment through the YouTube app for Smart TVs. You still have the options to like, dislike, and subscribe.
2. YouTube Kids
As the name implies, it is YouTube but a toned-down version for kids. The user interface is cartoonish, which appeals to children of younger ages. As a parent, you can add up to eight profiles for your kids and pick up the content that you want them to watch.
The app has advanced parental controls, and you can set an age filter to tweak the video recommendations for kids. Unlike the original YouTube platform, YouTube Kids enforces strict guidelines to deliver family-friendly content all the time. Advertisements are also stripped down.
If you have children in your house, you should definitely get the YouTube Kids app on your smart TV to ensure zero access to mature content.
3. YouTube TV
YouTube TV is a live TV streaming service currently exclusive to the US territories. The single $49.99 monthly plan for 70+ channels (excluding premium add-ons) is appealing to a lot of users because of the expensive cable TV subscriptions.
The YouTube TV app for smart TVs has a slick user interface, which kind of resembles the regular YouTube app. Based on your watching activities, YouTube gives you recommendations and quick access to your favorite shows directly on the Home page. YouTube TV features a channel guide as well, from where you can switch channels and schedule DVR recording for your favorite TV shows and sports events.
Speaking of DVR, you get unlimited cloud DVR storage with a YouTube TV subscription. The DVR recordings are easily accessible from the Library section, and you can choose to store them for nine months.
If you have a smart TV, don’t even bother to pay for cable TV. You can switch to YouTube TV and enjoy the same set of live TV channels at a marginally lower price. As you can run YouTube TV on three devices simultaneously with a single subscription, you can share your membership with up to six family members.
4. YouTube Music
YouTube Music is a free music streaming service that currently offers music videos and tracks from thousands of artists. It is now in an active development phase and will soon replace Google Play Music after the migration of music-centric features to the platform.
The music quality falls a bit short when compared to other music streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify. But the addition of music video playback and YouTube’s superior recommendation algorithm is pretty nice.
Unfortunately, YouTube Music is not available as a dedicated app on smart TVs. However, if you have a smart TV with Chromecast built-in, you can cast music from the YouTube Music app on your Android device to your TV.
That’s it for our detailed coverage on YouTube apps for Smart TVs. Although there are more YouTube apps, such as YouTube Go and YouTube Studio, they are not available for Smart TVs. Also, you can tell us about your favorite YouTube app and its features in the comments below.
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