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YouTube Leanback: A Cool YouTube TV-Like Experience

I like to check out the YouTube labs from time-to-time, and I’ve recently been experimenting with YouTube Leanback.  YouTube Leanback  is kind-of like continuous auto-play of content YouTube thinks you like.  Simply navigate to it and start watching as Leanback plays video after video automatically.  Although you can simply sit back and let YouTube Leanback play what  you like (based on your YouTube Activity Sharing preferences), I like to do searches and have Leanback play continuous videos from my search results.  You can even use Activity Sharing to link to your FaceBook account. If you rented any videos through YouTube, you can view those, too.

I think it would be great at parties, meetups, and other group get-togethers where specific types of content can run in the background, especially if you have a home theatre PC .  To get more specific content, Just tap your keyboard up -arrow to get the search and channel links.  Search for a genre of music, a specific music artist, your favorite YouTube personality, or a great online tutor.  To get exact results, simply enclose your search keywords in double quotations.  The channel categories are interesting, too, and include things like Music, Comedy, and Entertainment & Film.  Navigate through your search results using your keyboard arrow keys and enjoy the show.   Too bad it doesn’t work on the iPad, though.


Important New YouTube Features!


Although still in Beta, YouTube has added an annotation feature
which allows video creators to add text annotations to videos to make
them more interactive or to add background information.

This is especially helpful for how-to videos (add a link to a .pdf document?, subject guide, blog, etc?)

Read about it on the YouTube website.


YouTube is offering a special program for non-profits to connect to
supporters and donors for free.  Here are some of the benefits to the

  • View YouTube Non-Profit Tips
  • Organizations apply using an existing account

-> The USF Libraries may consider this approach for ARL projects like Karst

YouTube HD
is making some videos available for viewing in high quality and has
increased the file size limit from 100 MB to 1 GB, according to the
YouTube blog.  This is another feature that is still in beta, and
YouTube plans to increase the number of videos that users can view in
high quality.

Read about how to take advantage of the high quality feature

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