The YouTube app is pretty much the same across all smart TV platforms. The YouTube video service team began distributing the updated video interface for some of the platforms for a week.
The new interface has appeared on Android TV and Fire TV, and it may appear on other smart TV platforms as well. This is a server update and no action is required from the user to install the update.
In the new interface, the focus remains on the video at all times, even when the slider appears. Instead of displaying a large title above the slider, the title is now much smaller and sits at the very top.
The interface has become cleaner, most of the secondary elements are now hidden and appear in the form of pop-up buttons, including “Like” buttons for adjusting the video quality, and so on. Not that these buttons are fundamentally new, but they are also smaller.
In addition, the start, pause and skip buttons have completely disappeared from the interface. All that remains is a slider and a row of recommended videos scrolling down. The interface has become less congested, but at the same time can be confusing at first.
The YouTube team has changed the interface for TVs several times in the past, but this update is definitely one of the largest.