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YouTube Announces Plans to Stream 1080p Video

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 30 comments

YouTube has announced plans to stream video in 1080p.

YouTube this week announced in a blog post that, starting next week, the Google-owned video hosting site will start streaming content in high definition.

"Starting next week, YouTube's HD mode will add support for viewing videos in 720p or 1080p, depending on the resolution of the original source, up from our maximum output of 720p today," said Software Engineer Billy Biggs.

YouTubers should see the change over the next few days and the site is encouraging users to up their monitors to 1080p so they can really enjoy full screen videos.

Bigg says the folks at YouTube are in the process of re-encoding all the 1080p videos users have already uploaded.

Check the original post here.

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    webbwbb , November 13, 2009 1:34 PM
    It's sad to see so many wonderful, bandwidth intensive services cropping up all of the sudden while we have pending bandwidth caps looming over the country..
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    ryanjm , November 13, 2009 1:34 PM
    Yeah, but will we have to now wait 2 years, instead of the current 1 year, for the videos to load?
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    thearm , November 13, 2009 3:13 PM
    Highly highly compressed doesn't count as 1080P in my book.
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  • 21 Hide
    ryanjm , November 13, 2009 1:34 PM
    Yeah, but will we have to now wait 2 years, instead of the current 1 year, for the videos to load?
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    Transmaniacon , November 13, 2009 1:34 PM
    Wow this is awesome, especially with news of Hulu have a subscription fee, if youtube were smart they would start working out deals with networks to stream full length episodes, people would have no reason to go to hulu...
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    webbwbb , November 13, 2009 1:34 PM
    It's sad to see so many wonderful, bandwidth intensive services cropping up all of the sudden while we have pending bandwidth caps looming over the country..
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    dainsane1 , November 13, 2009 1:38 PM
    This sounds good in theory; but who has the steady bandwidth to stream 1080p? then next issue would be the download caps that are being enforced by more isp's these days. As is my streaming usage lands me near my cap. *sarcastic voice* thank you rogers
    /EndRant
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    Ryric , November 13, 2009 2:01 PM
    Transmaniacon you realize Hulu is owned by the networks...Seriously think before you speak.

    Is this really that big of change? "[...] YouTube's HD mode [...] viewing videos in 720p or 1080p[...]"

    You can still enjoy your lower quality videos... chill
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    G0liath , November 13, 2009 2:10 PM
    I thought youtube was having financial troubles due to the high amount of trafic their servers must do, now they are increasing it ?!

    Don't get me wrong I LOVE HD and I guess this might be a sign that in the future box office movies will stream on youtube.

    I would love to see the day when I can watch theater released movies in my home on release day in HD quality streaming from youtube and paying a small fee like I would a ticket but now I get to control the sound volume or pause the movie if I want to ( tho I highly doubt something like this will happen, in the eyes of the studios 1 person pays and he can have his friends family and neighbors in to see it )
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    Miharu , November 13, 2009 2:16 PM
    The problem will be ISP (Internet Service Provider)... offering limited bandwidth for try stopping the download.
    I really hate having a so limited bandwidth.
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    mman74 , November 13, 2009 2:18 PM
    Who wants to see some viral of a dog doing it's stuff to somebody's leg in 1080p? Not me. Youtube have got to get some serious content like movies. If they have the servers and bandwidth, I would pay to stream a movie or TV show in 1080p.
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    thearm , November 13, 2009 3:13 PM
    Highly highly compressed doesn't count as 1080P in my book.
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    cichy69 , November 13, 2009 3:25 PM
    oh snap.. millions of videos watched everyday by people on YouTube, that will kill ISP's

    (come on Comcast, improve your network first.. before charging people more and giving them less)
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    ArgleBargle , November 13, 2009 4:28 PM
    Oh good. That means most people will be able to watch 2 ten minute videos a month before they hit their ISP's bitcaps.
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    verenos , November 13, 2009 5:06 PM
    thsi will go great with my comcast throteling
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    demirci , November 13, 2009 5:06 PM
    YouTHDube
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    hillarymakesmecry , November 13, 2009 5:35 PM
    You have to have 4.0 mbps or greater to stream 1080p. I've got 1.5, the fastest I can get without going with EVIL Comcast and paying 5x as much as I pay right now.

    My mobile phone(30$ a month) is faster :o (. But hey, it's $20 a month!
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    Onyx2291 , November 13, 2009 6:09 PM
    The test video I saw doesn't look any different to me. Could have been the original video or just the way Youtube does it.
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    skit75 , November 13, 2009 6:10 PM
    Sure, they can call it "1080P" because of the resolution. Compression will shred most of the quality in that resolution by my guess. Usually you will see pixelated artifacts in the image and they become more evident as you reach the edges of the frame. It doesn't take a trained eye to see this type of loss.
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    Bobbar , November 13, 2009 6:19 PM
    Uploading 1080P on Road Runners feeble 700K up stream sounds like a ball.
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    ssalim , November 13, 2009 6:21 PM
    Good luck uploading 1080p 10min video.
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    brendano257 , November 13, 2009 6:47 PM
    I think this will have a minimal effect, other than driving bandwidth caps more and more. I can't imaging ever streaming 1080p, I tend to steer away even from 720p, I download most of it, hate waiting for steaming vids to load.
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    buckcm , November 13, 2009 6:53 PM
    @ sKiT75

    Of course they have to compress. Look back a few years and see how they went from utter crap (unless you used &fmt=18), to introducing high quality, to 720p which is pretty decent. 1080p should look bomb. It won't be Bluray, but you are streaming this...

    My complaint is how to upload 1080p videos, as other people have already pointed out. I get 26/22, about 3 MB/s each way with Verizon fios. The upload is too good for the Youtube servers to keep up. This is disastrous. Joking aside, I feel sorry for the people who live outside of Verizon's reach and for those who have to put up with dumb bandwidth caps.
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