YouTube Adds Live 4K Streaming

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Thumbnail image for youtube-logo.jpgLast week, YouTube announced that the website now supports live 4K streaming for both standard videos and 360-degree videos. The site has supported 4K video playback for a number of years and recently added support for High Dynamic Range playback. 

From the Official YouTube Blog
Back in 2010, we enabled 4K video support for the very first time. Since then, millions of videos have been uploaded at that eye-popping resolution, making YouTube's the largest library of 4K videos online. Today, we're proud to say that we're taking 4K video one step further with the launch of 4K live streaming for both 360-degree videos and standard videos.

Supporting this new format will let creators and partners stream incredibly high-resolution video, and let viewers enjoy the clearest picture possible when watching a live stream on 4K-supported devices. The image quality is just mind-blowing on screens that support it, and in 360 degrees ... the clarity can truly transport you. 

4K video isn't just a little different from HD video; it's a giant leap. It shows 8 MILLION pixels total, with an image that has four times more image definition than even 1080p video. What does this mean in real world terms? Live streams look better, show a more detailed, crisper picture, and aren't as blurry when there's fast action on screen. Basically, 4K makes everything better to look at. And because we support 4K at up to 60 frames per second, creators can make content that looks silky smooth, and more realistic than ever before.

For creators this means the ability to take advantage of an incredibly clear picture for recorded and now streaming video. It's the kind of thing that can help to push their hardware (and their talent) to create the most beautiful or just plain crazy-looking images and videos possible. And with 360 4K live streams, the sky is (literally) the limit. Get ready for 360 concert and event streams that look sharper, cleaner, and brighter than ever before. If you want more information on how to stream in 4K, just check out this Help Center article.

Today's an exciting day, and we can't wait for everyone to experience the beauty of 4K live streams from their favorite creators.

Additional Resources
YouTube Adds Support for HDR Video Playback at HomeTheaterReview.com.
YouTube Launches Music Mobile App at HomeTheaterReview.com.


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