Gearing up on their plan to end support for older Apple TVs, iPhones, iPods and iPads due to API changes, YouTube is no longer accessible on second-generation Apple TVs and iOS devices made in 2012 or earlier.
The app has disappeared from the Home screen on second-generation devices, with owners of these boxes reporting inability to access the Settings menu option to hide or show it along with other channels. The YouTube channel can no longer be found in settings on second-generation Apple TVs.
Google noted that “If you’re using Apple TV 2nd generation or older, unfortunately there’s no current way to watch YouTube on these devices.”
YouTube warned their developers that they would start performing blackout tests for the v2 API where they shut down the v2 API, and now unsupported device can no longer access the service.
YouTube has warned that “As we upgrade the YouTube Data API to bring more features, we’ll begin shutting down the old version on April 20, 2015.” They went on to say that “This will result in the current YouTube app not working on certain device models from 2012 and older.”
The following devices manufactured in 2012 and earlier are affected:
- Sony TVs and Blu-ray Discs.
- Panasonic TVs and Blu-ray Discs.
- Sony Playstation Vita.
- Older iOS (iOS 5 and earlier) devices.
- Older AppleTV (1st and 2nd gen).
- Older set-top boxes (ex, DirectTV).
If you see this video in your YouTube app’s video feeds, your device is affected.
If your device supports iOS 6 or above, you can download the YouTube app from the App Store. If not, Google suggests and advises that you visit m.youtube.com in Safari to access YouTube.