YouTube’s Web-Based TV Interface “Will Be Going Away Soon”

YouTube has a practical web interface optimized for browsing videos on HTPCs and other big-screen, TV-based devices, but it’s being terminated for unknown reasons. Visitors who try to access the “Leanback” UI are now greeted with a notification that it “will be going away soon.”

Android Police suspects Google is removing this feature for licensing reasons. The Leanback interface has a history of allowing streaming boxes (e.g., Amazon’s Fire TV) from accessing YouTube without the need of an official app, so the company could be trying to prevent that.

Visiting or (which redirects to the former) now presents a message. “This version of YouTube will be going away soon. You’ll still be able to view, but you can get an optimized experience on a supported device.”


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