YouTube live streams — including 360-degree streams — are now available in ultra-high definition.
(CCM) — Google has ratcheted up the quality of YouTube live streaming with the introduction of 4K video support for both 360-degree and standard video streams. One of the first 4K live streams will be the Game Awards: the entire show will be available as a 4K stream on YouTube on Dec. 1 at 9 pm EST / 6 pm PST. YouTube's announcement comes just days after Netflix unveiled support for 4K streaming to PCs. 4K video streams show eight million pixels in each frame, resulting in an image that has four times more image definition than so-called "full HD" 1080p video streams. YouTube's service offers 4K streaming at up to 60 frames per second, but users will need a fast internet connection capable of a minimum of 20Mbps to watch 4K streams at the maximum resolution and frame rate.
YouTube has supported 4K video uploads since 2010, and in early November, the service announced support for high dynamic range (HDR) videos. In 2015, YouTube announced support for 8K Full Ultra HD video (which shows 32 million pixels in each frame), but it is likely to be several years until screens capable of displaying content at this resolution are readily available to consumers.
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