So YouTube will no longer work on Apple TV 2

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by saintforlife, Apr 20, 2015.

  1. saintforlife macrumors 6502a

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    http://www.macrumors.com/2015/04/20/youtube-older-apple-tv-discontinued/

    Bummer...this might be the year I finally upgrade the aging Apple TV 2.
     
  2. Idgit macrumors 6502

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    Such BS. A 4-year old media player, which works perfectly, is no longer supported. The Apple TV 2 is only 4 years old! How long before we're forced to replace our devices yearly?

    Google has deep pockets. There is no reason why they can't continue to have a YouTube player that works with these slightly older devices.
     
  3. B.A.T macrumors 6502a

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    At least you didn't buy a smart tv a few years ago those won't work either.
     
  4. cactus3 macrumors member

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    Oh, smart tvs.. I had gotten the Google TV awhile back, and within a year of getting it they had already discontinued flash for it, so I can barely use the internet! The YouTube app still works, but it's ancient.
     
  5. oneMadRssn macrumors 68040

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    This is a great example of why buying smartTVs, even today, is a bad idea.
     
  6. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    This is why I preach to never buy a TV with Smart Functionality (or at least don't buy the TV because of the smart functions). I technically own a couple TV's with "Apps", but have never used them. I wanted the other features of the TV and at a certain price point you can't not get "Apps"....
     
  7. cactus3 macrumors member

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    Honestly, whether it's today or 30 years from now, I don't think smart tvs will ever become a huge thing. Like paulrbeers said, you can't not get apps at a certain point.

    Though, I do like the keyboard remote for the Google TV... :D
     
  8. bozzykid macrumors 68020

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    It isn't Google's fault. Apple is no longer updating the Apple TV 2 so there is no way Google could update it if they wanted to.
     
  9. JoeShades macrumors 6502a

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    Does it really cost more to buy a smart TV? it is an example of why you should not depend on smart TVs for internet TV but buying one is not a big deal
     
  10. oneMadRssn macrumors 68040

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    I have not researched TVs in little bit, but a year ago when I was looking for a bedroom TV, it seemed there were equivalent models available, where one was a smart TV and another was the same TV but with basic firmware and no apps usually for about $50 less, depending on the size of the TV.

    It looks like currently some very high-end models are available only with smart features. Nevertheless, I would still seek to try to find the same panel in a dumb tv if possible.
     
  11. JoeShades macrumors 6502a

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    My dream is an affordable 4K 80" TV with no 3D or smart apps connected to a 4k Apple Tv. Getting closer but not quite there yet
     
  12. DaveN macrumors 6502a

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    Don't rush out an upgrade your Apple TV 2. As far as I can tell Kodi (formerly known as XBMC) still does Youtube just fine so all you need to do is jailbreak your ATV 2. I like Kodi's Youtube interface better anyway. However, I haven't been able to find if this will hold after Google turns off the old system.
     
  13. AFEPPL macrumors 68030

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    Totally agree, the anger is vented in the wrong direction. Its apples refresh policy thats the issue.
     
  14. jblagden macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, Smart TVs end up costing twice as much as their "dumb" counterparts and it's a lot easier to physically replace an Apple T.V., you could even use the same HDMI and power cables.

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    I guess I'll have more interest than usual in the new  TV this year. The 1080p output and YouTube channel might convince me to buy a new  T.V.. It'll be interesting to see what they put into the new  T.V..

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    I don't think most people are going to want to jailbreak their Apple T.V. just to get YouTube. I'm definitely not going to jailbreak it. Besides, it's $100 for a new one. That's the least expenive thing Apple sells that has a processor. It's not a $200-$400 subsidized ( $650-$850 unsubsidized) iPhone or a $500 iPad.
     
  15. Uofmtiger macrumors 68000

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    There are a lot more features if you JB besides Youtube. At one time you could sell them at a premium on eBay and have enough left to buy a couple AppleTV 3s (don't know if that is still the case, though). However, if you don't want to jb, it would be worth looking into.
     

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