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YouTube to increase quality of streamed videos

YouTube co-founder Steve Chen has confirmed that high-quality YouTube video streams will be available soon.

YouTube co-founder Steve Chen has confirmed that high-quality YouTube video streams will be available soon.

Excerpt from CNET News.com:

Although YouTube's goal, he [Steve] said, is to make the site's vast library of content available to everyone, and that requires a fairly low-bitrate stream, the service is testing a player that detects the speed of the viewer's Net connection and serves up higher-quality video if they want it.

What is stopping YouTube from offering higher quality video so far is really the time required to properly buffer the video. Hence, the reason for this experiment as opposed to a rapid rollout.

A point worth noting is that Chen confirms that YouTube internally saves all submitted video at their native resolution. Still, a large portion of YouTube videos are pretty poor quality to begin with, so streaming them in high-quality mode isn't going to help much in those instances.

High-quality YouTube videos will be available to everyone within three months.

Would you be willing to live with a slightly slower loading time for a higher quality video?

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

4 comments
Jack.Teom
Jack.Teom

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paulmah
paulmah

Would you be willing to live with a slightly slower loading time for a higher quality video?

DadsPad
DadsPad

Most of the videos do not require high quality to understand and enjoy. The ones that are are jumpy and blurred because of the low quality are the ones that should be high quality. What I would do is watch a video in standard quality, and if I enjoyed and wanted to see in high quality, then wait the time to get that. To wait for high quality for junk is a waste of time. Of couse as the speed of internet access increases, this will be a moot point.

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