Google-owned video streaming website, YouTube, is winding down its services to some older devices including Apple TV. First spotted by MacRumors, the company notes that some devices made on or before 2012 will find out some app specially made by YouTube would no longer be compatible with their devices. This is based on a change in YouTube’s Data API, which it says opens it up to features like comments, flagging videos, captions, and RSS push notifications.
Devices that have so far been identified as falling under this category include older Blu-ray disc players from Sony and Panasonic, Google TV devices running version 3 or 4, game consoles that lack support for Adobe Flash or HTML5, along with iOS devices running anything less than iOS 7. That’s not all though, as the change will also affect the second-generation of Apple TV, which prompts users to start videos on their iPhones, iPods, and iPads then stream them using AirPlay.
In a blog post on Monday, YouTube said it would start shutting down its old version of Data API from Monday April 20.
“Devices affected: Select devices manufactured in 2012 and earlier, including Sony TVs & Blu-ray Discs, Panasonic TVs & Blu-ray Discs, older iOS devices, and devices running older versions of Google TV.
“As we upgrade the YouTube Data API to bring more features, we’ll begin shutting down the old version on April 20, 2015. This will result in the current YouTube app not working on certain device models from 2012 and older.”
The YouTube app on older iOS device or on an older Apple TV still allows you to watch videos at the current time, but a discontinuation video will first show up, which indicates that it would soon be shut down after everyone has been notified of the upcoming API change by the company.
However, it is not all that gloomy for all users as the Mobile Safari YouTube site, for example, will still be available for iOS devices that cannot run the independent app. Since the change only affects those devices manufactured until 2012, the YouTube app will be available on most 2013 and newer Smart TVs, Blu-ray players, game consoles and other streaming devices.
Further help on how specific device can be configured has been made available in a blog post. Each device has specific instruction on how a user can configure it to work to continue using the YouTube app.
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