YouTube Launches 4K Ultra HD Live Streaming Support

Posted Wed Nov 30, 2016 at 11:00 AM PST by

The internet video platform now offers 4K live streaming capabilities.

YouTube has announced the addition of 4K live streaming support. As part of the update, users can now watch and create 4K live streams of standard videos and 360 degree videos.

With 4K live streaming, YouTube creators and partners can now broadcast standard and 360 Ultra HD content in real time. Likewise, viewers can enjoy the live streams on supported 4K devices. YouTube first launched 4K video support in 2010, and since then the platform has amassed the largest library of online 4K videos.  YouTube 4K content is supported at up to 60 frames per second, allowing users to upload and watch highly detailed, smooth video. And with 360 degree support as well, viewers can experience immersive Ultra HD videos from all angles.

To help kick off the new feature, YouTube will be live streaming the Game Awards tomorrow, December 1 at 9 p.m. EST / 6 p.m. PST in its entirety in 4K resolution.

Beyond the platform's new 4K live streaming feature, YouTube also recently launched HDR (high dynamic range) video playback and upload support. High Dynamic Range content offers enhanced contrast with more detailed highlights and shadows. Likewise, HDR YouTube videos also include support for a wider color gamut.

In addition, YouTube recently released a standalone VR (virtual reality) app for the Daydream View headset as well.  The app was designed specifically for VR, offering a growing collection of 360 degree videos. Users can also watch standard videos on a virtual movie screen through the app's new theater mode. Google's Daydream View is now available through Verizon, Best Buy, and the Google Store for $79. 

Source: YouTube

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