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YouTube offers new way to watch videos on TV

November 13, 2012|By Dawn C. Chmielewski
  • Screen shot of an episode of Annoying Orange, one of the more popular characters on YouTube.
Screen shot of an episode of Annoying Orange, one of the more popular characters…

Couch potatoes take note: YouTube has found a new way to send videos from a mobile device to the TV -- starting today.

The updated YouTube mobile app pairs phones, tablets and Internet-connected TVs that share the same wireless Internet connection. This wireless link allows users to browse YouTube from their mobile devices, click a TV icon and watch videos on their living room TVs.

The feature, which has been under development for about two years, will be offered initially on Android devices and on Internet-connected Google TVs.

A growing number of applications, including Zeebox, IntoNow and Shazam, seek to harness the mobile phones and tablets in the living room to provide content that supplements the programs playing on TV.

The new YouTube feature essentially turns mobile devices into a sophisticated remote control that a viewer can use to pause, scroll or skip to the next video as it plays on your TV.

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