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YouTube shorts just got a little better on your TV

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Google’s response to the growing popularity of TikTok was YouTube Shorts: short videos in (mostly) vertical format. The inverted aspect ratio makes them hard to watch on TVs, but YouTube is trying to change that.

Until now, shorts and other vertical videos played in the normal YouTube video player on TVs, leaving the sides completely empty and all the important information at the bottom. Now the company is rolling out a specific interface for Shorts, with a lighter background, a white border around videos, and controls on the right side. The new update comes after YouTube just revamped the desktop site and mobile apps.

YouTube said in a blog post: “We’ve simplified the design of the right side rail, but will look to add additional functionality in future releases. We think this experience balances the fun and quirkiness of Shorts in a way that feels natural for television.”

Before and after comparison of YouTube Shorts on a TV
Before (left) and after (right) the TV update Youtube

Of course, vertical video will never look good on a widescreen TV, unless you have one of the few TVs that can rotate from landscape to portrait. You’ll probably still have a better experience on a phone or tablet, but YouTube is trying to make the TV experience good enough to watch cute dog videos with friends or family on the big screen.

The new design will roll out to the YouTube TV app (not to be confused with YouTube TV) starting today.

Source: YouTube

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