Well, the TV update is out, the one so heavily hyped to include YouTube content on your TV. I had expected it, like so many other Apple device updates, to be done from the iTunes control panel, but it’s actually buried in Settings in the main menu of the TV itself. The update itself is fairly painless, but at the end, you’ve got an TV that can pull down H.264 video directly from YouTube and display on your HDTV.
The quality? Well, it’s pretty good. In a lot of cases, it’s as good as the network videos that you get from the iTunes Store. Of course, much depends on how it was shot to begin with, but what began life as choppy crappy flash video has turned into something really watchable on my 30″ Samsung.
The one big issue, though, is getting everything re-encoded. A couple videos that I could find on the YouTube site hadn’t made it out to the TV just yet. That’s going to be the chokepoint for the coming weeks and the adoption of YouTube on the Television set.