Recently YouTube announced several new features to its YouTube Premium service, including the ability to get a higher-quality 1080p video if you pay for YouTube Premium.
YouTube Premium is best known for offering an ad-free YouTube experience, and the ability to download videos offline is adding new features to its $ 11.99-a-month service.
One of the biggest features will be an enhanced bitrate version of 1080p HD. This new version will, according to Google will, make videos more clear and more crisp. Currently limited to iOS, but this feature is coming to Android in the future.
In an announcement released last April, YouTube stated:
“To provide an even higher video quality experience for our Premium members, in the coming weeks we’ll be launching an enhanced bitrate version of 1080p HD video quality starting with iOS (and an experiment coming to Web soon too). While all users will still have access to 1080p, this enhanced 1080p quality setting will look extra crisp and clear, especially for videos with lots of detail and motion.”
The standard 1080p has been available to all YouTube users since 2009. Now YouTube has made an even higher quality 1080p version by increasing the bitrate. At first this feature was available on mobile devices and latter it expanded to Android TV OS and Google TV devices through the YouTube app.
Now on the web, you will be able to see this high-quality video version on select videos through your browser.
The real selling point of this enhanced video will be sports. Golf, football, and other major sports often struggle with streaming on YouTube because of the fast nature of what is happening on screen. Now as the football goes through the air, you should notice a more clear and more crisp image.
YouTube Premium is also recently added the ability to use Shareplay to watch a video together with someone over FaceTime on iOS. This is something that Android Users have been able to do with Google Live Sharing.
Mobile users will also now be able to queue videos in a custom play order allowing you to pick what video plays next when your current video ends.
YouTube Premium also offers the ability for Smart Downloads, allowing YouTube to auto-download videos it thinks you will enjoy so you can watch YouTube even when offline.
YouTube premium customers should start to see these features show up in their YouTube on select videos now.