Wow this is awesome, especially with news of Hulu have a subscription fee, if youtube were smart they would start working out deals with networks to stream full length episodes, people would have no reason to go to hulu...
This sounds good in theory; but who has the steady bandwidth to stream 1080p? then next issue would be the download caps that are being enforced by more isp's these days. As is my streaming usage lands me near my cap. *sarcastic voice* thank you rogers
I thought youtube was having financial troubles due to the high amount of trafic their servers must do, now they are increasing it ?!
Don't get me wrong I LOVE HD and I guess this might be a sign that in the future box office movies will stream on youtube.
I would love to see the day when I can watch theater released movies in my home on release day in HD quality streaming from youtube and paying a small fee like I would a ticket but now I get to control the sound volume or pause the movie if I want to ( tho I highly doubt something like this will happen, in the eyes of the studios 1 person pays and he can have his friends family and neighbors in to see it )
Who wants to see some viral of a dog doing it's stuff to somebody's leg in 1080p? Not me. Youtube have got to get some serious content like movies. If they have the servers and bandwidth, I would pay to stream a movie or TV show in 1080p.
Sure, they can call it "1080P" because of the resolution. Compression will shred most of the quality in that resolution by my guess. Usually you will see pixelated artifacts in the image and they become more evident as you reach the edges of the frame. It doesn't take a trained eye to see this type of loss.
I think this will have a minimal effect, other than driving bandwidth caps more and more. I can't imaging ever streaming 1080p, I tend to steer away even from 720p, I download most of it, hate waiting for steaming vids to load.
Of course they have to compress. Look back a few years and see how they went from utter crap (unless you used &fmt=18), to introducing high quality, to 720p which is pretty decent. 1080p should look bomb. It won't be Bluray, but you are streaming this...
My complaint is how to upload 1080p videos, as other people have already pointed out. I get 26/22, about 3 MB/s each way with Verizon fios. The upload is too good for the Youtube servers to keep up. This is disastrous. Joking aside, I feel sorry for the people who live outside of Verizon's reach and for those who have to put up with dumb bandwidth caps.
Today's D1 and lower resolution videos on youtube already have bandwidth problems that cause my video playback to stall all the time. My ISP bandwidth has never been the problem. So announcing 1080p is just for some upper management douche at youtube/google to say "Hey, we met our goal of offering 1080p by such and such date. Now please give us our insane bonuses". It won't be usable anytime soon.
[citation][nom]webbwbb[/nom]It's sad to see so many wonderful, bandwidth intensive services cropping up all of the sudden while we have pending bandwidth caps looming over the country..[/citation]
This deserves repeating.