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January 15, 2009 at 2:35 PM

New YouTube TV channel for Nintendo Wii, Sony PlayStation3

“YouTube for Television,” a new initiative announced last summer and highlighted last week at CES, is now available via Wii and PS3 game consoles.

Google created a special Web site for the service, which is accessible through the consoles’ browsers in 22 regions in more than 12 languages. It follows an effort that began with AppleTV in June 2007; here’s a timeline.

At the special site, YouTube videos are optimized for TV display. The interface also has bigger text and simplified navigation tools, plus an “auto-play capability” that “enables users to view related videos sequentially, emulating a traditional television experience,” according to today’s announcement on YouTube’s official blog.

To access the site from a console, point its browser to youtube.com/tv. The new site doesn’t appear in a PC browser yet, apparently.

Then, from the comfort of your sofa, you’ll be able to enjoy content such as today’s most popular YouTube clips, including “No Pants Subway Ride 2009” and “Oprah Loves Kate Winslets Breasts.”

Here’s a demo pulled from Sony’s PlayStation blog:

Comments | Topics: Gadgets & products, Games & entertainment, Google

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