The shorts are YouTube’s response to TikTok’s massive success with vertical videos. However, if you watch YouTube on a Smart TV, you know that implementing the new feature is a bit awkward. However, YouTube recently gave Shorts a makeover to make them easier to watch on the big screen.
In a blog post this week, YouTube announced that Shorts is getting a new look. Until now, the shorts appeared in your feed and played in the same way as normal videos, albeit with huge black columns on both sides. Now those columns have been replaced with a white frame around the video and a gray to black gradient that fills the sides of the screen. The video title, channel name, and Like/Dislike buttons are displayed in the lower right quadrant of your TV.
While the new shorts look is nice and replicates the feeling of watching on a massive smartphone, it doesn’t duplicate the experience of watching video after video on a mobile device. It also doesn’t work the same way it does on TikTok or Instagram. To combat this, YouTube allows you to enter such an experience through the Shorts shelf on the YouTube app’s home screen. You can also enter Shorts mode by navigating to a creator’s channel, finding a Short and playing it. This kicks off TikTok-esque mode, where an endless stream of Shorts starts playing.
YouTube Shorts for TV also makes great use of your remote. When in Shorts mode, each button on your controller is dedicated to specific functions like pausing, viewing video information, and scrolling up and down between Shorts.
Not all Smart TVs are compatible with YouTube Shorts. Some models made before 2019 are incompatible with the new feature. And if you don’t see the new Shorts mode on your smart TV today, please be patient. The company stated that the launch will occur in the coming weeks.
Source: YouTube Blog