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YouTube stops working on older Smart TVs & Devices

Older devices now not Smart enough to cope

by Mark Hodgkinson Apr 21, 2015


  • YouTube has announced it will no longer be supporting select devices manufactured in 2012 and earlier, including Sony TVs & Blu-ray Discs, Panasonic TVs & Blu-ray Discs, older iOS devices, and devices running older versions of Google TV.
    An upcoming upgrade to the Data API, which brings with it more features, has meant the shutting down of the old version as from yesterday (April 20, 2015).

    YouTube says it will continue to focus its efforts on improving their official YouTube app for TV which is available on most 2013 and newer Smart TVs and Blu-ray players, game consoles and streaming devices.


    iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad users whose devices support iOS 7 or above, will be relatively unaffected and can download the latest YouTube app from the App Store. If not, you can still visit m.youtube.com in your mobile browser to access the service. Owners of Apple TV devices of the first and second generation are out of luck ,however, but if you own an ATV 3 you can get the latest version of the YouTube app by updating your software:

    If you're using a device running Google TV version 3 or 4, you can ensure your YouTube app works by upgrading it. Owners of Google TV devices from the first two gens – and let’s face it, there aren’t many of those – will need to seek an alternative method.

    If you have a web browser on your Smart TV or game console that supports flash and/or HTML5, you may be able to continue using YouTube by visiting www.youtube.com in your browser.

    Does this affect anyone or have you already something better taking care of business?

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