Starting next month, owners of older Apple TV models will need to start YouTube video playback on another device like an iPhone or iPad to view it on their Apple TV devices. According to 9to5Mac, the change will not affect Apple TV HD (fourth generation) and Apple TV 4K (fifth generation).
The AirPlay requirement for playback is coming to third-generation Apple TV streaming boxes that were first introduced in 2012. Newer Apple TV models that run tvOS and have a built-in App Store, will continue to have supported YouTube apps.
The following message is currently being displayed before viewing videos from YouTube on the third-generation Apple TV devices:
Starting early March, the YouTube app will no longer be available on Apple TV (3rd generation). You can still watch YouTube on Apple TV 4K, Apple TV HD, iPhone, or iPad. With AirPlay, you can also stream YouTube from your iOS device directly to any Apple TV (3rd generation or later).
Let us know if you’re seeing this message on your Apple TV in the comments section.