Play YouTube videos on Apple TV

Play YouTube Videos on Apple TV

  • YouTube is popular for its multiple video resources and the freedom of hosting, tagging and sharing videos. The videos are all FLV video formats ( ) downloaded from Youtube. Google-owned video website made YouTube's television debut in June through the Apple TV set-top box.
  • Before this announcement, Apple TV owners looking for content were mostly limited to move their own home videos to Apple's set-top box or to stream television programs they had previously purchased through the iTunes Store on a Mac or PC.
  • "This is the first time users can easily browse, find and watch YouTube videos right from their living room couch, and it's really, really fun," said Steve Jobs, Apple's chief executive. "YouTube is a worldwide sensation, and Apple TV is bringing it directly from the internet onto the widescreen TV."
  • With this deal, Apple TV owners could begin extending their offerings through select, controlled partners.
  • Unfortunately, this could also put Apple in the middle of a copyright infringement battle over videos shown on the web. YouTube is currently being sued for $1 billion by MTV-owner Viacom. "We are always vigilant about protecting our copyrights," said a Viacom spokeswoman. "But we would welcome the opportunity to license our content to Apple as we do with all distributors."
  • With the YouTube deal, Apple also announced it will start selling a new version of the Apple TV with a 160 GB hard drive for up to 200 hours of video, 36,000 songs, 25,000 photos or a combination of each.