YouTube’s first attempt at bringing their web TV service to living rooms, was a bit of a mixed bag. YouTube Xl may have scaled the image up nicely and stripped back the usual YouTube UI, but it was still a little clunky compared to its standard build.
YouTube feel they might have nailed it this time though with their new Leanback service, which has entered into a beta testing mode today. Full screen and in HD, it’s been designed specifically to work with a HD TV set and the limitations of sitting a fair few feet away from the screen.
No longer displaying text or comments, it instead acts as a feed of videos that play consecutively, dependant upon other videos you’ve viewed, liked or added to favourite, as well as letting create a channel with your own personally chosen set of videos.
Link in your YouTube account and you can get access to premium videos you’ve rented through the store, or add your Facebook account to check out what your pals are watching.
Best of all though, it can all be controlled from your keyboard, so you wont have to struggle rolling a mouse about your knees when you’re in front of the TV.
Looking like a step in the right direction then, you can give it a try by clicking here.