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