Viewers with an Apple TV set-top box will soon be able to watch videos from the YouTube website on their televisions.
From mid June Apple TV viewers will be able to stream content from the popular internet site direct to their TVs.
Currently Apple TV users can only access content stored in Apple’s iTunes music and video library system.
This includes over 500 movies and 350 TV shows, over five million songs and 5,000 music videos.
Speaking about the YouTube deal, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said: ‘This is the first time users can easily browse, find and watch YouTube videos right from their living room couch, and it’s really, really fun.
‘YouTube is a worldwide sensation, and Apple TV is bringing it directly from the internet onto the widescreen TV in your living room.’
Thousands of the most current and popular YouTube videos will be available on Apple TV at launch in mid-June, with YouTube adding thousands more each week until the full YouTube catalogue is available in the autumn.
Apple TV costs £199 in the UK and the company has confirmed that it will be selling a larger 160GB version of Apple TV – with four times more storage capacity – for £269.