YouTube TV is Testing a New DVR Library User Interface & Makes Changes to Its Refer-a-Friend Program





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Recently YouTube TV started to test a new way to view your DVR recordings. This new layout changes how the YouTube TV DVR library works. YouTube TV also quietly made changes to how much it pays subscribers who refer-a-friend to YouTube TV.

Details are very thin, but the new DVR Library changes how DVR reports what you have watched and what you haven’t watched yet. For example, shows are now labeled as Watched, Unwatched, Caught Up, and more. The main changes seem to be how it tells you what shows have new episodes and what shows you are all caught up on.

This new update has only been rolled out to only a handful of YouTube TV subscribers, and the ones who do have it don’t seem to really like it. Several posts on Reddit have been full of complaints about the new YouTube TV library, complaining about how confusing it is and how it won’t work.

For now, YouTube seems to be taking feedback from a small group of testers to see what changes that need to be made.

YouTube TV also dropped how much it pays subscribers who refer a friend. In the past, you could earn up to $45 credit for each friend you referred to signup to YouTube TV. Now YouTube TV has dropped that down to $39. Now when someone signs up through your referral link, you get $15 at sign-up and $8 each month for the first three months they pay for as first spotted by The Desk.

This is just one of the changes that YouTube TV is working on. Here are a few other changes that YouTube TV has announced coming later this year.

Multiview: As many have noticed, we’ve started experimenting with the multiview feature. We rolled this out to all subscribers due to high demand during March Madness and are working on some improvements ahead of the NFL season. Stay tuned for more specific updates as we get closer to the start of the season.

Picture Quality Experiments: We’re testing transcoding changes, including a bitrate increase for live 1080p content over the next several weeks. These will target devices that support the VP9 codec with high-speed internet connections. If these go well, we plan to make them permanent by this summer. More info to come!

We will be keeping a close eye on everything that is coming to YouTube TV. So please follow us for more breaking news related to cord cutting.

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