Google released YouTube for Android TV was released almost six years ago, in August 2015, with one glaring omission from the point of view of many users: lack of playback speed control.
Since then, there have been over thirty update releases and the feature was still missing – no slowdown if you want to capture all the details of a scene in slow motion, no speedup for videos with endless monologues or unacceptable scenes.
Now Google has begun rolling out the long-awaited YouTube update for Android TVs and Chromecast with Google TV. You don’t need to install anything on your own, the update is done on the server side.
Speed controls are available in the secondary menu when playing a video. Users are encouraged to select 0.25x, 0.5x, normal playback speed, 1.25x, 1.5x, and 2x. Unlike smartphones, there are no 0.75x and 1.75x options, but even so, it’s almost a miracle.