YouTube, YouTube Kids

YouTube rolled out a kid friendly version of its application earlier. Called YouTube Kids, the app tones down and curates the content so only the kid-friendly stuff is available. it also gives parents a whole lot of additional controls too. Well, Google has announced that the very same application will now be available on a bunch of Smart TVs as well. This includes smart TVs from LG, Samsung and Sony.

Thanks to this latest roll-out, families with kids will be able to use the service on their televisions without having to resort to casting the YouTube kids app to their TVs.

Speaking on the topic, YouTube’s Global Head of Family & Learning, Malik Ducard, said:

As we all know, families today love watching videos across all their devices. Whether it’s from a parent’s phone during a car ride, or a tablet at a friend’s home. Today, we’re excited to make that experience more robust by letting families watch their favorite creators and channels on even more TV screens.

The YouTube Kids app will be available on the following television sets: all 2015 – 2017 LG webOS TVs via the LG content store, all 2013 – 2017 Samsung Smart TVs and Blu-Ray Players that have access to the Samsung App Store, and after a firmware update on 2016-2017 Sony TVs (with the exception of Android TV, which will be available soon).

On opening the app, parents are brought face to face with a guide upon how everything works. Everything from how the system works and how YouTube chooses and recommends content is explained right at the beginning.

We also prompt you to make a choice about how broadly you want your child to explore—turn search on to access millions of family-friendly videos, or turn search off to restrict your child’s experience to a more limited set.

The app has garnered as many as 30 billion views and over eight million weekly active viewers since its inception. It is currently available in countries like the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Spain, Brazil, Russia, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Malaysia, Philippines, India, Singapore, and France. Televisions in all of these countries will receive this new ability as well.

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