Apple TV gains new YouTube app and additional channels

New Apple TV channels 12/09/2014

Apple TV owners are getting a holiday viewing gift today, with the addition of four new channels and a new YouTube app designed to act more like the apps found on other platforms. The new YouTube app provides easier access to subscriptions and searching, and also adds OAuth for login if you'd prefer additional security.

Sadly, the new YouTube update means that you'll now get ads along with your favorite cat videos. There's no way to opt out, so get used to those 15- and 30-second blurbs for everything from dinner rolls to car insurance.

New UFC Channel on Apple TV 12/09/2014

The new channels on Apple TV include UFC, The Scene, Fusion, and Daily Motion (a French video upload site). UFC will provide premium subscription fighting and martial arts content, either through pay-per-view or a US$99 annual "Fight Pass". Conde Nast is the content provider behind The Scene, which provides video content from Conde Nast magazines and sites like The Verge. Fusion is a joint venture of ABC and Univision, providing video programming for a "young and diverse audience".

The new channels and the YouTube update become available today, and you'll be able to tell what's new thanks to a small blue "New" banner that now appears on the app buttons.