YouTube for TVs usually lags a bit behind when it comes to new features, but it’s always moving forward. In the latest silent update, it appears that Google has extensively implemented YouTube playback speed controls for Android TV.
In what appears to be another server switch, the Android TV YouTube app has added support for playback speed controls so you can slow down or speed up a video according to your preferences. This is a feature that has long been available on the YouTube website and in mobile apps, but is now also available on TVs.
The option appears in the extended setup menu while playing a video and requires remote taps to access the options. Once you have landed, you will have the option to adjust the playback speed from 0.25x to 0.5x, 1.25x, 1.5x and 2x. This drops the 0.75x and 1.75x options from other platforms, but continues to progress in the right direction. Android Police notes that the settings you choose apply to other videos you play.
However, the playback speed controls on YouTube for TV are not completely new and only come to the Android TV / Google TV port. The option was previously released in the almost identical app to LG, Samsung and other TV platforms.
How we report recently, YouTube for Android TV is also trying to add video descriptions and other channel shortcuts to the video player for some users. Unlike this change, however, at this time it seems that playback speed controls are being implemented in most users.
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