YouTube, the most popular streaming video site on the internet, has introduced a new home page design which improves the ability to queue up videos and manage recommendations.
The update includes:
More easily find the next great video to watch
The new look includes longer video titles and larger, richer thumbnails to give you clearer information about the video at a glance, plus higher resolution video previews. As part of this cleaner design, you’ll notice YouTube also removed some content shelves. You can still find rows of videos for breaking news, music mixes, and more.
Customize what to watch next with your queue
YouTube has introduced the option to add to queue on desktop. You can select a handful of videos to watch next without interrupting the video you’re currently watching. Videos in your queue won’t save after you’ve closed your browser, but you can always save videos to your permanent “Watch Later” playlist, too.
Remove suggestions from channels you don’t want to watch
Earlier this year YouTube launched a feature on mobile to make it simpler to tell YouTube to stop suggesting videos from a particular channel, and today they are bringing this to desktop. Simply select the three-dot menu next to a video on the homepage, then select “Don’t recommend channel.” After that, you should no longer see videos from that channel suggested to you on the YouTube homepage. You may still be able to find these videos if you search for them, or visit the channel page or Trending tab.
Coming soon: select topics to refine your Homepage and Up Next videos
Earlier this year, YouTube added a new feature to the YouTube Android app that lets you select your favourite topics and customize your Home feed with related videos. Youtube will be releasing it on desktop and tablets soon.
The update also includes a number of improvements to the layout, most notably adjusting the thumbnail sizes and showing more videos on larger screens.
The updated design will begin rolling out today across desktops and YouTube apps on Android and iOS tablets, and will be available to everyone soon.