It's a drastic reduction in watch quality by default, but if you really want to, you can also watch without special problems with 8K video. YouTube hopes the move will help media companies around the world cope with the unusual burdens following the Corona epidemic
After Netflix, and just about every streaming service in the world, Google also announced on Tuesday that YouTube, the world's largest video site, will be lowering its video quality by default, saving global network traffic that is at an all-time high, following the Corona epidemic.
480p quality by default
Over the past week, all streaming services, led by Netflix, have announced that they have lowered the quality of video they provide to users around the world, saving valuable bytes and making it easier for ISPs and telecommunications companies around the world to provide stable Internet to their users.
As you may recall, these steps began with a request from the European Union, which was accepted by the various companies. Slowly, the move was adopted in other parts of the world, the day before yesterday, Netflix announced that it was also lowering its viewing quality in Israel, following a request from the Ministry of Communications.
But while Netflix, Disney, Apple and Amazon have announced that they will lower the viewing quality for all viewers, with minimal viewing experience, YouTube takes a different approach. YouTube has announced that from now on, all of its videos will be 480p. This viewing quality, also known as SD, is considered inferior to 1080p or 4K, the resolutions we have become accustomed to in recent years, and each video frame contains only 307,200 pixels, compared to 2,073,600 of 1080p or 8,294,400 pixels. At 4K for example.
YouTube announced that lowering viewing quality will gradually reach all users in the world – and will be in effect for the next 30 days. Of course, YouTube happens to date the validity of the move.
Although watch quality will drop dramatically, YouTube only makes it the default. That is, if you really want to, you can still watch 8K quality video As if there is no corona in the world – by clicking the gear> Quality> and then selecting the high resolution.
In our opinion, this is a smart move. Because if you watch any episode in a web series or movie, you can choose a higher quality, and if you just watch the recipe, study remotely or how to do it DIY breathing mask at home, There is no reason why you should not move to a lower resolution. In addition, many viewers do not differentiate, and probably do not care about the quality of the viewing, so it is probably a step that will likely ease international traffic.