YouTube Sets Date For Changing Channels

    October 15, 2009
    Chris Crum

Update: YouTube says:

Over the past few months we’ve been hard at work redesigning our brand channel layout and many partners and advertisers have already opted into, and taken advantage of, this new design. Today we’re beginning the process of converting all remaining partner and advertiser channels still using the older platform to the new one.

Original Article: It has been a long journey for YouTube for its transition from the current design for channels, to the new design, which has only been available in testing form. They were originally planning on rolling out the new design in mid-July, but there was just too much work to be done, and it was postponed indefinitely.

Now YouTube has attached a date to the release again, this time for the end of the month. The company says it’s planning on switching all user channels over on September 30. Partners will be switched a couple weeks later on October 14.

Here is a list of things YouTube has addressed most recently, with regards to the new channels design:

– Fixing some browser-specific layout bugs (especially IE6)
– Allowing you to default your channel to "grid" view
– Allowing you to re-order your uploads and playlists
– Adding transparency
– Implementing fixes for a lot of other bugs you helped find, such as grid view not always working correctly

YouTube has also added the ability to right-click and open videos in a ne tab or window, as well a full screen capability, and the ability for transparency settings to go to 100%.

While YouTube is apparently, finally confident enough to get set to release the new channels, they are still open to more feedback, and maintain that they will continue working on additional features. To get a look at some of the other changes they’ve made, read this, and this bigger list.

YouTube notes that not all channels will switch over instantly. It will take a week or two for the redesign to be rolled out to everyone.