On televisions, YouTube TV will feature a family sharing account switcher.

Following last month’s updates on surround sound compatibility and picture-in-picture support for iOS, YouTube TV is developing a better family-sharing experience for televisions that includes an integrated account switcher.

Today, YouTube TV unveiled a Who’s watching? screen with a simple switcher user interface that enables family members to have “their” own accounts on the same TV.

A row of avatars is there, with Settings immediately beneath Add account on the right. Although SpongeBob characters are used in this introduction tweet, it’s unclear whether the cord-cutting service will allow customers to choose avatars from well-known TV series or whether that’s simply a GIF example. The accounts that are not active at the moment have the label Signed out under the name.

Given that the first-party OS already includes a regular Google Account switcher, this screen should be especially helpful for the YouTube TV application for non-Android/Google TV devices. It ought to imply that your watch history and the recommendations that come from it are better walled-off and continue to be tailored to you. YouTube TV should be shrewd about when to prompt users with this screen, hopefully. It’s unclear whether it will load automatically when the program launches or needs to be visited manually.

The only other detail provided today about the new switcher interface for YouTube TV is that we expect it will make family sharing much simpler. This feature will progressively roll out to your accounts.

You can share your YouTube TV subscription, which costs $64.9 per month, with up to 5 family/household members.
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