YouTube XL – Online Videos on Your TV

Posted: July 24, 2009 in All Categories, hardware, Web Services
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YouTube XL

YouTube XL

Bored of Boxee and Hulu Desktop now experience some TV-like viewing experience from YouTube XL that lets you sit back and enjoy Web videos from the couch rather than your computer chair and yes for free. YouTube XL brings the YouTube experience into the living room. Like Boxee and Hulu Desktop, the service provides a free, TV-like viewing experience that lets you sit back and enjoy Web videos from the couch rather than your computer chair. What you get out of YouTube XL depends on your hardware setup and the type of content you prefer. HD videos look fantastic, for example, but finding watching full-length shows can be a pain. YouTube XL delivers what it promises—but that’s not saying very much..

Unlike its two competitors, YouTube XL isn’t a separate downloadable application; it’s a Web interface optimized for the TV screen. Also intended for use with modern game consoles (like the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360) and Web-enabled TVs rather than your computer. For XL, YouTube opted for a big and blocky interface rather than a sleek, modern design. The controls are simplified and stripped of community features like comment threads. Site navigation is broken up into spotlight, top rated, most-viewed videos, and so on.

The search feature in YouTube XL doesn’t have an on-screen keyboard, something you’ll find in both Hulu Desktop and Boxee. (If you’re using a PS3 or Xbox, this isn’t a problem as the game console provides an on-screen keypad.) Plus, searching for full-length content rarely produced reliable results. For instance, you can easily watch old episodes of Alf after looking it up in YouTube’s Shows section, but searching for it on YouTube XL returned pages of clips instead of full-length episodes.

The service also doesn’t let you browse channels or subscriptions—two big omissions that would have added a ton of value to YouTube XL. There are some ways to work around these limitations, however. By clicking the Info button when watching a video, then clicking the screen name of the user who uploaded it, you can see all of that user’s videos. To find and watch full-length shows, search for them in the Shows section on the YouTube site and mark them as your favorites; then they’ll display in XL.
YouTube XL doesn’t match up to Hulu Desktop or Boxee, but it’s not trying to—its beauty lies in its ease of use, not its extra features. There’s nothing to download or install, and you don’t have to plug your computer into your TV. Just visit and you’re good to go.

Know Youtube 😉

Location: San Bruno, California, United States
Founded: September 11, 2005
Acquired: October 9, 2006 by Google for $1.65B in Cash

YouTube was founded in 2005 by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim, who were all early employees of PayPal.


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