YouTube TV App Gets Picture-in-Picture Support on Android Oreo


YouTube TV, while not nearly as well-known as the flagship YouTube app, is a decent standalone app which offers users the ability to stream content from around 53 popular cable TV channels including the likes of the BBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, AMC and more for a monthly subscription fee of $35. Since the app was launched by Google back in April it has been praised as one of the best video streaming services available when it comes to major broadcast networks, and now they have released an update which capitalises on new features added into the Android Oreo OS to improve upon the service’s offering further still.

YouTube TV has now joined a select group of applications which currently support the picture-in-picture feature incorporated into the Oreo version of the Android OS, which allows users to continue watching video content while they crack on with other tasks using separate functions and applications. Other apps which already support the feature include the standard YouTube app, Netflix, Chrome, VLC, and Facebook. Most importantly in the minds of those over at Google/YouTube – major rival services such as Hulu and Sling TV are not among this group.

To make use of the new feature simply press the home button while a program is playing; the player window will then shrink and pop out to let you do other things. While using picture-in-picture, controls remain in place allowing you to easily rewind, fast-forward, pause, and return to full screen.
That being said those who dislike the feature and would rather be shot of it can easily disable it via the app’s settings menu.

While the YouTube TV app itself is available on iOS, this latest update as it stands is not.

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