The YouTube Leanback interface is on the chopping block, ready to disappear into the void in the near future after a near nine-year run…
YouTube Leanback Interface Shutting Down
Essentially, it is (or was) a way to watch YouTube in a television mode manner. Viewers could scroll through their feeds, recommendations, categories, and do more. It also delivered HD when it was available.
There’s no official word as to why Google is pulling the web app. It is possible Google is attempting to stop device manufacturers from using workarounds to bypass its YouTube app through a browser.
Although, it’s probably due to advances in technology over the many years the feature has been live. Nowadays, most consumers watch content on smart TVs, which typically sport a nearly identical interface.
“This version of YouTube will be going away soon. You’ll still be able to view youtube.com, but you can get an optimized experience on a supported device. Check your device app store to see if the YouTube app is available for install, or see a list of supported devices at yt.be/help/devices.”