Android users have been enjoying an exclusive feature, namely ‘Send to TV’ on their YouTube apps for quite some time. After a wait of months, Google has finally updated the YouTube app for iOS users, offering the same feature.
‘Send to TV’ feature essentially lets users pair their TV sets, game consoles or certain compatible set-top boxes with their mobile YouTube app. Once the connection is established, users are then able to stream content from their YouTube app directly to the paired screen. The smartphone, in turn, becomes a remote with a number of controls to navigate the YouTube content on the larger screen.
Google started offering this feature to the Android users back in November, 2012. iOS users are already offered a similar functionality by Apple which essentially allows them to use the AirPlay technology to stream their YouTube app videos and other content from their iOS devices straight on Apple TV.
However, AirPlay technology is limited to Apple’s own set-top box whereas Google’s ‘Send to TV’ feature will allow iOS users to stream content across multiple devices and screens.
The feature is all the more important because the sheer number of mobile users accessing YouTube through mobile apps is on a healthy rise. Soon enough, a majority of YouTube users will be from the mobile platform. Although accessing YouTube via a mobile app is no problem, watching YouTube videos on smaller screens is not very ideal. And so, mobile users inevitably turn to larger displays to run their YouTube app content.