If you’re a fan of RSS at all, or just tired of how terrible the Youtube experience is on the web. Newsboat + yt-dlp may be a decent alternative for you. I’ve been using it now for several weeks and it’s been great. Since switching from youtube-dl. Since Youtube has been hosing it’s speeds, yt-dlp doesn’t seem to run into the same bandwidth issues (at least for now, knock on wood).
With a couple very simple configurations, you can turn Newsboat into a decent youtube front end, without any of the ads and piping directly to mpv for viewing videos.
Newsboat and mpv should both be in the regular Arch repos, however yt-dlp is only found in the AUR’s for now, so you will need something like yay to install it.
yay -S newsboat mpv yt-dlp
Below is my Newsboat configuration. It’s quite basic, but it works quite nicely for me.
auto-reload no browser firefox macro v set browser "setsid -f mpv --really-quiet --no-terminal" ; open-in-browser ; set browser firefox
, will toggle the macro mode of Newsboat, and as you can see in the configuration above we mapped it to v (for video, but you can choose any other key that you like).
, + v will open youtube links in mpv.