YouTube TV also plans to introduce some interface changes to make its app easier to use.
what you need to know
- YouTube TV will finally add picture-in-picture support to its iOS app later this year.
- This feature has been on Android for a while.
- YouTube TV will also expand support for surround sound “over the next six months.”
YouTube TV is finally getting some highly anticipated features this year. Speaking with The Verge’s editor-in-chief Nilay Patel on The Vergecast, YouTube Chief Product Officer Neal Mohan confirmed that “in the coming months”, picture-in-picture support will be added to the YouTube TV iOS app.
The ability to watch YouTube TV while using other picture-in-picture apps has been available on the best Android phones for a long time. However, on iOS, the feature is currently limited to the regular YouTube app.
Another highly requested feature that may attract more YouTube TV users later this year is surround sound support. Although YouTube TV announced last June that it would add Dolby 5.1 surround sound, the rollout was much slower than expected. So far, only a limited number of devices have received surround sound support.
Even the Chromecast with Google TV hasn’t gotten the feature yet. Curiously, however, Google’s original Chromecast was one of the few devices that supported surround sound. YouTube TV plans to “expand support for surround sound” over the next six months, Mohan said.
“The rollout of the feature has definitely been a lot slower than I would have liked. But my hope is that over the next six months, as they go through stages, you’ll start seeing this in more devices. A little software upgrade cycle,” he said.
Finally, Mohan revealed that YouTube TV will also get an updated interface later this year. These changes will obviously include updates to libraries and guides.
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