News: Calling YouTube a “worldwide sensation,” Steve Jobs said the new Apple TV (which lets people play anything on iTunes on a TV) will run YouTube videos with a June software update. Unfortunately, the videos are selected by Apple for access. Apparently, the full library of YouTube videos won’t be available until the fall. (More here and here)
Analysis: Someone has already developed a plug-in for Apple TV to make it run YouTube videos. See the video below and the website for A Series of Tubes. I’m not sure if it’s better what Apple will be offering.
I did test out the Apple TV this past weekend. It didn’t have YouTube capability, and I’m still not sure how good YouTube videos will look on a large screen. The resolution of most YouTube videos is made for a small screen. When you blow it up, it could be much more blurry. (More here) Fortune Magazine writer Brent Schlender has already called the Apple TV a failure.