YouTube TV is finally embracing Picture in Picture on iPhone and iPad


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YouTube TV is finally giving users the ability to use Picture in Picture on iPhone and iPad. The feature, which has long been available inside YouTube TV on Android, will roll out “hopefully in the next few months.”

And that’s not all users can look forward to. YouTube chief product officer Neal Mohan this week also promised expanded surround sound support.

YouTube TV will support Picture in Picture on iOS

It might be pricey, but YouTube TV is one of the best ways to access live TV channels without a cable subscription. It offers more than 85 channels in most markets throughout the U.S., as well as on-demand video and cloud recordings.

YouTube is particularly great on Android, where you can enjoy live TV inside its own window while you continue to use other apps simultaneously. The feature has long been a glaring omission on iPhone and iPad, but it’s finally on the way.

In an interview with The Verge, Mohan this week confirmed that Picture in Picture support is coming to YouTube TV “hopefully in the next few months.” It’s not the most specific release date, but at least we know it’s coming.

Expanded surround sound support

Mohan also committed to delivering expanded surround sound support. The feature was first announced last summer, but its rollout has been painfully slow, and it’s still limited to select devices and TVs. That’s going to change.

“The rollout of that feature has certainly been a lot slower than I would’ve liked,” Mohan admitted. “My hope though is, hopefully over the next six months, you start to see that in a lot more devices out there.”

Finally, YouTube TV is making some small interface improvements that will prevent playback controls from being obscured when using a device in landscape mode. “So stay tuned for that,” Mohan added.


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