YouTube to Offer 1080p Video
It's not that you really need to watch someone flying face first into hard concrete in full HD, but it sure is nice to know that the option will be there.
About a year ago, YouTube began implementing 720p video content, and while the enhancement hasn't exactly taken the world by storm, it's slowly risen to close to 10 percent of YouTube's videos. With popularity rising, the seminal video site is planning on adding support for1080p, allowing viewers to enjoy clips at the fullest resolution. It will begin offering the option next week. The site will be re-encoding current videos that were recorded at 1080p so that they can now be enjoyed as filmed.
An excerpt from YouTube's blog explains:
"As resolution of consumer cameras increases, we want to make sure YouTube is the best home on the web to showcase your content. For viewers with big monitors and a fast computer, try switching to 1080p to get the most out of the fullscreen experience."
While grainy, shaky footage is the norm on YouTube, I wouldn't mind seeing some action sports video or nature footage in full HD. And as televisions and entertainment centers continue to integrate YouTube and other Web media content, the new option should certainly improve the home media experience.