It snuck onto the site very quietly last week, but finally, we’re able to watch YouTube videos in a higher quality than those awful disjointed clips we’ve grown accustomed to.
Posted on the YouTube blog last week, they said this of the move – “You may have noticed that we’re now giving you the option of watching some YouTube videos in higher quality. We’re making these streams available on certain videos, based upon the source file uploaded to us, and over time you’ll find a greater percentage of the library is available to view in higher quality. This feature applies to all eligible videos uploaded from the YouTube community, and is not restricted to partner content, so everyone can enjoy this upgrade.”
They then directed their users towards changing their settings on their Account page, under the ‘Account’ category. The higher quality video is limited to the source file they’re given, with file sizes under 1GB and no longer than 10 minutes in length requested.
It’s not quite HD, but then, I doubt we’ll be seeing that feature for some time, considering the YouTube lads claimed in a recent blog post that “our general philosophy is to make sure that as many people as possible can access YouTube and that videos start quickly and play smoothly. That’s one reason why you don’t see us racing to call this “Super Duper YouTube HD,” because most people don’t want to wait a long time for videos to play.”
(via Information Week)
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