YouTube came to the agenda yesterday with the “1080p Premium” test for its Premium package. 1080p Premium is planned to be positioned above the normal 1080P resolution option. It will give more video bit-width when opened by paid “Premium” subscribers. In this way, with 1080p Premium, clearer / sharper / cleaner video quality can be obtained compared to 1080P. There is no information about when this option will be activated for everyone.
YouTube will not nerf standard 1080p video quality
So after 1080p Premium arrives, is there a possibility that YouTube will reduce the video quality of standard 1080P? According to the official statement made today, YouTube is thankfully not going this way. Speaking about the issue, company spokesperson Paul Pennington said that they are currently testing this option on a small number of YouTube Premium subscribers.
“1080p Premium is an enhanced bitrate version of 1080p which provides more information per pixel that results in a higher quality viewing experience,” said Pennington, adding that “there will be no change to the current quality of 1080p resolution.” There have been concerns that YouTube is nerfing the standard 1080p mode to make the Premium version more appealing, but the statement implies that the company hasn’t made any changes.
While 1080p describes a video’s resolution, or the number of pixels that make up the image, there are more factors that go into overall video quality. Bitrate and color depth are also important factors. They can even lend to good 1080p video looking better than bad 4K footage. Bitrate is often used to describe how much data is used to transfer each second of video. Meanwhile, the company made another announcement today. YouTube Podcasting Head Kai Chuk announced that Podcasts will come to YouTube Music. The first step in this regard will be taken in the US.