- YouTube will once again allow its Indian users to stream videos in HD
- Youtube has enabled viewing in HD, Full HD, and even 1080p on the mobile app
- YouTube has brought back the services for all users across the country.
YouTube will once again allow its Indian users to stream videos in HD. The Google-owned video platform had restricted the streaming quality of videos in India to Standard Definition(480p) during the initial phase of lockdown in India due to coronavirus pandemic. However, now Youtube has enabled viewing in HD, Full HD, and even 1080p on the mobile app. But you can only stream in HD if you are using WiFi. You won't get the HD streaming experience if you are using your mobile data.
The changes were spotted on the YouTube app today. If you tap on the Settings icon you can see the options including 144p, 240p, 360p, 480p, 720p, 1080p, and 1440. But at the same time, if you use your mobile data to browse videos on YouTube, you can only view the video in SD quality. YouTube has brought back the services for all users across the country, you need not be a premium subscriber to view videos in HD quality.
All this while, users could access the YouTube videos in HD and even Full HD on the web. The streaming rates were only reduced for mobile viewing. YouTube is yet to announce an official statement about the same.
In March, YouTube had announced that it will reduce the streaming quality for mobile users in India to reduced the strain on internet networks as the coronavirus pandemic had forced people across the country to operate from home.
"We announced that we were temporarily defaulting all videos on YouTube to standard definition in the EU. Given the global nature of this crisis, we will expand that change globally," a Google spokesperson had said. Google had also reduced the streaming rates in Europe as well.
Not just YouTube, Netflix, Hotstar, and Amazon had also reduced the bit rates in India. The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) had asked YouTube and OTT platforms including Netflix, Amazon and Hotstar to cut down high bandwidth streaming to reduce a sudden surge in usage due to lockdowns imposed across cities in India. Now that YouTube has brought back the HD streaming, we can expect Amazon, Netflix and other OTT platforms to resume HD streaming too.
On a related note, YouTube is testing a new feature on its app which would let users create and post a 15-second video on the app similar to TikTok. YouTube is currently experimenting with the feature and there can be a mass rollout only when the testing is over.