Over the weekend something appears to have changed with the way Google Earth's historical imagery is displayed.
Previously if I set the slider to e.g. 1970 then most of the map would be blurry brown and as I moved the slider forward in time very obvious blocks would appear over areas where there was a satellite image.
Now some sort of overlay seems to appear over the top of the actual satellite images, completely obscuring them. This overlay will disappear and reveal the satellite images if you zoom in far enough, seems to be around 50% of the zoom bar.
There is one overlay per year and the date on all of them is December 31st of whatever year they relate to. The copyright on the overlays all seem to be "Landsat/Copernicus", which is different to the actual satellite images. The slider bar for changing the date of the image/s you are seeing also changes as you zoom in/out to reflect either the satellite images or the overlays.
Below is an image showing what I used to see, blocky satellite images with brown fuzzy areas where there was no image to show (top right and mid left):
And here is an image where I have zoomed out 1 step. The blocky images are gone to be replaced by some kind of overlay:
This change basically makes it impossible for me to continue working as I have been. Does anyone know what has caused it (Google Earth updating itself?) and how I can disable it? I have looked through all the options in Google Earth and tried googling the problem too but with no luck.