YouTube InVideo Programming; Experiments New UI 'New Sidebar Color Scheme, More Subscriptions'

YouTube's new feature called InVideo Programming, allows you to feature a video across your entire video library. In addition to featuring videos, "you can also promote your channel branding. If you change your branding in the future, you can replace it with a single update," Google posted. The best part is, your InVideo Programming travels […]

YouTube's new feature called InVideo Programming, allows you to feature a video across your entire video library. In addition to featuring videos, "you can also promote your channel branding. If you change your branding in the future, you can replace it with a single update," Google posted.

The best part is, your InVideo Programming travels with your videos wherever Video Annotations are available.

YouTube InVideo Programming

Google says that over the coming weeks, it'll launch reporting to help track the performance of InVideo Programming. And, will also make UI enhancements to give viewers more context behind promotion.

YouTube Creator in good standing, can get started with InVideo Programming by accessing the tool in Channel Settings:

  1. "Launching a new show/series -- Just use "Feature a video" to showcase a new video to drive some initial traction.
  2. Showcase an old video: Go ahead and feature one of your favorite videos from your channel to drive some new viewership to that older video.
  3. Reinforce channel branding: Make sure your viewers are aware of your channel branding. Use "Feature your channel" to promote your logo across your library and make it easier for viewers to visit your channel page and subscribe," informs Google.

Also, YouTube is testing a new user interface with "the sidebar now has a new color scheme, YouTube shows more subscriptions at a time, some icons have been removed and the default section is called "now playing"."

The homepage looks a lot different if you're not signed in. YouTube shows popular videos from topics like entertainment, sports, news, movies. The topic pages are automatically generated by YouTube.

There are also new icons for the "like"/"dislike" buttons, there's a new way to show the navigation sidebar and the "more from" section has been removed.

New YouTube Homepage UI

New YouTube UI: Like, Dislike button, new navigation in sidebar

New YouTube UI: New naviagaion in sidebar

New YouTube Home page UI

Here's how you can try the new interface. If you use Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari or Internet Explorer 8+:

  1. Open youtube.com in a new tab
  2. load your browser's developer console:
  3. Chrome - press Ctrl+Shift+J for Windows/Linux/ChromeOS or Command-Option-J for Mac
    Firefox - press Ctrl+Shift+K for Windows/Linux or Command-Option-K for Mac
    Opera - press Ctrl+Shift+I for Windows/Linux or Command-Option-I for Mac, then click "Console"
    Safari - check this article
    Internet Explorer - press F12 and select the "Console" tab.

  4. Paste the following code which changes a YouTube cookie:
  5. document.cookie="VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=jZNC3DCddAk; path=/; domain=.youtube.com";window.location.reload();
  6. Press Enter and close the console.
  7. To go back to the standard UI, follow the same steps, but use the following code:
  8. document.cookie="VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=; path=/; domain=.youtube.com";window.location.reload();