YouTube is rolling out its “send-to-TV” feature that lets users press a button and push YouTube to the big screen. It works on basically all new Smart TVs and YouTube is also updating the Smart TV apps to support 1080p.
YouTube "send-to-TV" on Smart TVs
Watching YouTube on a smartphone or tablet is not the most preferable solution when in company with others and that is why YouTube has launched an initiative to bring content to the big screen.
Most new Smart TVs come with YouTube’s send-to-TV feature built in so you can push videos from a smartphone to the T
It works like this: when using the YouTube app on an iOS or Android device you get a small icon if your TV supports the function (and is on the same WiFi network). If several users have the YouTube app running the TV can also queue videos. At the same time YouTube plans to update some of its Smart TV apps to support 1080p resolution. This obviously also requires that the YouTube clip is available in Full HD.
The feature is part of a so-called DIAL initiative by YouTube and Netflix. The vision is to bring it to even more services that just those two.
YouTube has confirmed that it works on Bang & Olufsen (BeoVision 11), LG, Panasonic and Sony TVs as well as PS3 and Xbox 360. In addition, new 2013 Smart TVs from Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Toshiba, Vizio and media streamers from Western Digital will also support the feature. The ability to let the TV take over a YouTube stream is not new and has been available on Apple TV for years, but YouTube aims to make it more widely available.