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YouTube TV, ‘Major Update’ for Apple TV

Google’s YouTube TV is rolling out several updates, including improvements to picture quality and a “major” update for Apple TV users.

In a post on the YouTube TV subreddit, a YouTube Community Manager details what updates YouTube TV has ongoing at the moment, which includes rounding up some previously detailed bits of information. For one, the post reiterates that Multiview is now available to YouTube TV subscribers following March Madness, with “improvements” set to be coming ahead of the NFL season.

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On that note, the post also reiterates Google’s launch of NFL Sunday Ticket presale on YouTube TV, including the discounts subscribers are eligible for. More interesting, though, is the mention of a “major update” now rolling out to YouTube TV subscribers on Apple TV.

This update, v1.13, takes aim at fixing long-standing YouTube TV issues on Apple TV including the black screen at start-up, addressing 4K playback issues, as well as turning on HDR support. The post also states that a new app update, which will fix the crashing issue on first-generation Apple TV 4K units, is hitting the App Store imminently.

Lastly, the YouTube TV team confirms that they are implementing changes to transcoding, which involves increasing the bitrate for 1080p content. This change is expected to result in improved picture quality for most users, but is currently being tested only on devices that support VP9 and high-speed internet. While these enhancements to picture quality are still in the testing phase, they may become permanent over the summer.

The post also briefly mentions a 5.1 surround sound syncing issue that many subscribers have run into, with YouTube TV teams preparing a fix.