After having spent almost six months in beta-testing, YouTube XL is finally available. What is YouTube XL? It's a version that will fit well onto your TV. It's also supposed to stream to all of those Wiis and PS3s out there. When you stream YouTube onto any TV, there are always formatting problems. The screen has to be resized and it doesn't always fit. That's why YouTube XL has been developed. More and more people are watching YouTube on their TVs.
YouTube XL is a pruned down version from the normal YouTube site. It makes it easier to navigate through a remote. YouTube XL is optimized to work well on any large screen, like an LCD projector or an HDTV. Also, now anyone can access it via a browser. For now, it's been stripped down. There is no HD available. There are also some tweaks allowing you to control the interface via Bluetooth enabled devices, from remotes to cell phones.
This was just the next natural step to integrating YouTube with more traditional TVs. It just makes life easier. Once a topic is selected and play is pushed, YouTube will continue playing videos sequentially on that same topic. We think that it's a great idea. Who hasn't spent hours with their friends watching YouTube vids on a laptop. Now, things can easily be ported to larger home theater screens with a minimum of fuss and clicks. You can watch sports or your kids can watch their programs this way.
What does this actually mean? Just like most sites now have an iPhone version or a mobile optimized version, some of the bigger sites will also offer special versions for large screens, since people are streaming videos from their computers onto their HDTVs. [via TechCrunch and YouTube]