What Is Going On With YouTube TV’s Library Section?

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If you are a YouTube TV subscriber then you may have noticed a change to the Library section. In fact, while some have only noticed one Library change recently, others have had to put up with as many as three recent changes, and the most recent still might not be the final one.

Earlier this year, YouTube TV announced updates to the app interface that included a complete redesign of the Library section. This update resulted in the Library switching from a left-side vertical menu to a horizontal top menu. It also resulted in the removal of the New in your library filter.

Not everyone was happy with this change and it seemed as though YouTube TV had listened to those complaints. Earlier this month, YouTube TV began rolling out another Library update that added the New in your library filter back. Technically, this was a rolling back of the old design, albeit with a few minor cosmetic changes.

For those that disliked the newer (top menu) design, the rolling back of the old look and layout was a popular move.

The problem, however, is that some of those same users have recently reported receiving yet another update. To their dismay, the latest version brings back the new (top menu) Library once again.

Many different YouTube TV libraries in circulation

Making all of this all the more confusing is that there doesn’t seem to be any consistency in the rolling out of updates to the Library section at the moment.

To give you some examples of how random things seem right now, there are some subscribers who have never received the first update (the top menu). At the same time, there are those that have been updated to the new version, rolled back to the old version, and then updated to to the new version again.

This is also all in addition to those subscribers that have just been updated to the new design once and/or rolled back to the old version.

There are a few Reddit threads doing the rounds at the moment, including this one and this one, which are good examples of just how varied the Library design seems to be right now among YouTube TV subscribers.

YouTube, in general, is a company that’s known to often A/B test changes, so while it isn’t uncommon for some users to encounter one design while others see a different version, this does seem to be a little different.

From what we can tell, there does seem to be more user reports of the constant switching between Library designs coming from Roku device owners. If that is the case, then it is possible that YouTube TV (or Roku) has identified an issue which has led to the constant updates and changes.

However, and even though the majority of the user reports we’ve seen seem to relate to Roku devices, this isn’t just a problem with Roku devices. Other users have reported the same constant switching of designs on other platforms and devices, including Fire TV devices.

It also currently remains unclear which Library design will ultimately win out in the end. Will YouTube TV continue to refine and roll out the new design, or just look to make some subtle adjustments to the old design and roll that back out again to all users?

At the moment, your guess is as good as ours.

John Finn
John Finn

By John Finn

John Finn is the Founder and Editor of Streaming Better, a platform created in 2019 to help consumers navigate the complicated live TV streaming and subscription service market.

John has been covering technology for various online publications since 2014. After originally covering the wider tech industry as a writer and editor, John now spends his time focusing on the emerging video-streaming market, including live TV streaming, SVOD, AVOD, FAST, and TVOD services.

In a bid to keep up to date on the industry, John actively subscribes to multiple streaming services at the same time. However, John continues to advocate that the best approach for consumers is to rotate between streaming services as needed.

A Psychology graduate from England, who now lives in the US, John previously worked in the aviation industry as an airline reviewer. While reviewing airlines isn't quite the same as reviewing devices and streaming services, John brings the same analytical eye to all of his reviews and industry analysis, along with a special emphasis on what's best for the consumer.

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2 replies on “What Is Going On With YouTube TV’s Library Section?”

I have a Roku TV. If I’m signed in under my account, I get the vertical (left side) library navigation. if I switch users to my wife’s account, it will show the horizontal navigation instead. So even on the same exact device, it seems to be related to specific accounts.

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