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YouTube’s new Connect feature should work on most TVs, with no setup or software. Image: YouTube

YouTube has rolled out a new feature that allows you connect and like, comment or share YouTube videos from your TV.

The Connect feature allows you connect your TV with your android or iOS phones.

This is more than just having your smartphone as a YouTube player on your TV.

With the new feature, you can stream you favourite YouTube videos from your phone to your TV.

The streaming service said its new connect feature is more than just a cast-to-TV option as it offers users more opportunities.

Why the Feature:

Remember how annoying you had to type with your TV’s remote.

Television remotes come in different types with different confusing buttons.

Typing with them most times is not that cool.

According to Brynn Evans, the head of design for YouTube on TV, TV remotes suck.

“It’s very hard to type on TV with a remote.”

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“Like, the remote’s clunky, every remote’s different, there’s a million different buttons. They’re all bad.”

The YouTube’s new feature helps users closely connect their phones to their TVs.

How it works:

First, your phone and TV must be signed in to the same YouTube account.

so, you have to open the app on your streaming device.

Then, open the YouTube app on your phone too.

When you open the app on your smartphone, you will get a pop-up asking if you’re watching YouTube on your TV.

You will also see a prompt to “Connect”

Meanwhile, once you click o the “Connect,” your phone will synchronize with your TV.

You can then watch your favourite YouTube videos from your TV’s screen.

Also, you can like a video, leave a comment or share the video from your TV’s screen.

Equally, you can queue up the next up or subscribe to a YouTube show.

The streaming service said you can do all these without even touching the remote of your TV.

What YouTube is saying:

Recall that in February, YouTube promised it would roll out a connect feature like this.

It had said the feature would be part of it’s lineups for 2022.

Google, the parent company of YouTube, said as of January 2022, viewers streamed over 700 million hours of YouTube contents on TVs daily.

It said more than 80% of people  use other digital device while watching TV.

Google said many of the YouTubers open the same YouTube video on their phone to interact with it.

Also, Kurt Wilms, the director of product management for YouTube on TV, said thus:

“The beautiful thing about this feature is there’s no protocols.”

“Your TV doesn’t have to be on the Wi-Fi network. Your phone doesn’t have to be on the Wi-Fi network!”

So, you don’t need to worry that your TV does not support Cast or that your Wi-Fi has a different configuration.

This is because, it’s your YouTube account across devices that are syncing and not not even your devices.

“A lot of our content is made by creators,” says Evans.

Evans continued saying, “and they make this content so their community and their fans can really engage with them .”

“…there’s so much richness in the way our community is set up. None of that exists on TV today.”

According to the service, ” 88% of people watch TV with their phone in their hands.

YouTube’s internal research revealed that a great number of users watch YouTube on their TV while also watching YouTube on their phone.

With the TV Connect, you can see your comments on your TV screens, therefore, you don’t have to look to confirm your comments posted.

You can also see popular comments on a YouTube video from from your TV screen and equally react or respond to them.

Implications:

What this feature entails is that your YouTube account is becoming self-aware.

This YouTube feature allows you multi-watch different videos at the same time on your different devices.

For instance, you could have a video playing on your TV, another on your laptop, and a third on your Nest Hub, and interact with them all in your YouTube app.

According to Kurt Wilms,  “We’re working towards that vision of having a truly connected living room.”

He added saying, “that will allow you to seamlessly move videos and engage with videos. Not just in your living room, but honestly, across your whole house.”

 

Anthony Chinonso Ogbonna is the editor of Techuncode media. He is a seasoned journalist whose stint cuts across broadcast, print and, especially, the online media. A graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Anthony holds a Masters Degree in Multimedia Journalism. He aligns his belief with those of world tech communities, holding tenaciously that the world is solely driven and can only be best with tech. Furthermore, Anthony believes that technology is simple, fun and is not what one, especially Africans, should be scared of, hence, his passion for telling compelling stories about tech in ways relatable to the ordinary user. He has his hobbies in reading and designing (new hobby though.)

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