Older Apple TV update, requires Airplay for Youtube streaming

Older Apple TV update
Source: theverge.com

There is a new update regarding the older Apple TV, that will start next month. The update that youtube will not available to stream on the Older Apple TV that was released in 2012. Youtube soon required Airplay for video playback on the older Apple TV streaming boxes. This new update isn’t applicable to the two Apple TV boxes that the company is selling today.

According to 9to5Mac, this message has conveyed to users warning them of the upcoming change. This means from next month users need to start video playback on another device like an iPhone or iPad to view content on the older Apple TV.

Here are the details about this older Apple TV update

The Older Apple update does not apply to the two Apple boxes that are currently being sold are Apple TV HD and Apple TV 4K. These two models function on the tvOS which has a built-in App Store. And they will continue to support Youtube Apps. For older Apple TVs that impacted by this new update. They require Airplay for streaming Youtube video playback.

Presently when users are trying to stream Youtube videos on this Older Apple TV, a message is currently being displayed. That says “From march, Youtube will no longer be available on Apple TV third generation. Still, you will be able to stream Youtube on Apple TV 4K, Apple TV HD, iPhone, or iPad. By using Airplay, you can Watch youtube from your iOS device directly to Older Apple TV as well as later generation Apple TV.

Older Apple TV’s relied on special support between Apple and video providers for app support. Nowadays Smart TVs sold in recent years provide many other ways for streaming Youtube on the big screen with built-in apps, built-in Airplay, and Chromecast. Also with other affordable services like Amazon Fire TV will also work with Apple’s TV video streaming.

Older Apple TV update, you require Airplay for streaming Youtube


However, as per the Older Apple TV Update, You will soon no longer be able to stream Youtube on the third-generation Apple TV. But users can still stream Youtube with the help of an iPhone or iPad using Airplay. If you want to cast a video from your iPhone to your TV then it is possible with the help of Airplay and Apple’s casting feature.

If your device is connected to the same wifi that your Apple TV is connected to. Then Airplay allows you to wirelessly cast audio or video from your iPhone. Your device can be iPhone,iPod,iPod touch or it can be Mac. You can also stream from a Windows PC with the help of iTunes. 

Airplay 2’s latest version will also allow streaming audio to multiple rooms. And which room to play it in, and pair speakers.

How to use AIRPLAY on your iPhone

With an older Apple Tv update, you need Airplay to stream youtube on your TV. So these are the instructions especially for an iPhone, which are similar to an iPad or an iPod touch. These are the steps you need to follow

  • If you see an AirPlay button

Whenever you open the app or a video in the app, go to “Use Airplay”. For example in the YouTube app for iPod, you will observe the Airplay button at the bottom right corner of the video.

  • If you don’t see an AirPlay button

If there is no Airplay button then select the app’s option for casting, sharing, or playing content on a different device. After that tap the AirPlay option. For example: In the YouTube app for iPhone, select the cast button at the top of the screen. Then select “AirPlay & Bluetooth devices.”  Then in photos, tap the share button, then scroll down and tap Airplay.

  • For either type of app, select the device you want to use Airplay with.
  • Now, your TV will display a code. Then enter that code in the box on your phone’s screen and select OK.
  • Now you will see that you’re casting your video to your TV via Airplay.
  • To cancel casting, go to the Airplay window in the same way you opened it above. Then tap “iPhone” on the list of devices. This will return your feed from the TV back to your iPhone. In photos, you need to tap the Airplay icon which is present at the top right corner, and then select “My Device”

Before this older Apple TV update, Other streaming services also dropped support

Last year, HBO also pulled its HBO Now app from the second and third-generation Apple TV boxes. HBO Now is still present on the newer Apple TV models, along with other platforms like Amazon Fire TV and Roku. The HBO Max streaming service also will be available only for the fourth-gen and later Apple TV.

These apps won’t be the last. Whereas its newer devices will run on tvOS and feature a built-in App Store. The built-in apps on Apple’s old TV boxes will have relied on the streaming services that work directly with Apple to offer support.

If you’re using an older Apple TV and don’t want to lose the Youtube app. Now is the time to replace your old Apple Tv streaming service.


A recent older Apple TV update, says that from next month, you won’t be able to stream Youtube on the third-generation Apple TV. But the Apple current selling TVs, The fourth-gen Apple TV HD and fifth-gen Apple TV 4K remain unaffected.