Google Adds Send to TV Option to YouTube for iOS

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Google has updated its YouTube for iOS app, adding a feature that allows users to 'push' videos from their iPhone and iPad to TV sets, games consoles and set top boxes.

YouTubeThe Send to TV option allows users to pair their iOS device with compatible TV sets and set top boxes, after which videos on the device show up on the TV screen. After pairing, the smartphone or Tablet then operates almost like a remote control, allowing you to play, pause and rewind videos, and see information about the clip being played.

TV sets that offer compatibility for the Push feature include products from LG, Sony, Panasonic and Bang & Olufsen, with sets from Samsung, Sharp and Toshiba to include this feature later this year.

The Send to TV feature was added to the Android version of the YouTube app last year, and now that the iOS version is no longer tied into the operating system, Google can offer updates to Apple users.

Improving mobile access to videos is a major concern for Google, with more than a quarter of videos watched on YouTube coming via a mobile device.

In addition to the new push feature, the update improves video viewing when using a slow WiFi link, and improves general stability and usability of the app. It also suggests users make use of the new YouTube Capture app if they want to upload videos to YouTube from their phone.

The updated app is available to download for free from the Apple App Store, and needs iOS 5.0 or later.