Seven days ago we broke the news that YouTube TV started testing a new and improved 1080p video quality. Now though many have noticed this new enhanced 1080p has gone missing and is no longer an option. Now YouTube TV says this is a glitch that YouTube TV is working on fixing. The enhanced 1080p is still working, but it is no longer showing up in the list of picture quality.
In a statement on Reddit YouTube TV said “We’re excited to have higher bitrate 1080p available for YouTube TV and YouTube PrimeTime Channels live streams. We identified a bug that prevents users from manually selecting this option in their settings, and our teams are working to address the issue. Picture quality is not otherwise affected by this bug. Viewers can verify their video quality through Stats for Nerds.”
YouTube TV is bringing this improved 1080p picture quality to YouTube TV with its 1080p Enhanced mode. Google has confirmed to Cord Cutters News that this new Enhanced 1080p60 is coming to YouTube TV and Primetime Channel viewers that have a 4K-compatible streaming device. This will be YouTube TV’s highest quality video they offer.
Back in April 2023, YouTube TV started to test out improved picture quality. You will see an improved image now live on YouTube TV. Any 4K device that supports VP9 codec, a coding format developed by Google, should be seeing better HD images with a higher bitrate. The good news is VP9 is supported by many streaming players, including Rokus and Fire TVs. Google also said it will be working with the NFL to air all league games in 1080p and this will include a combination of original 1080p feeds along with upscaling some games from 720p to 1080p.
Now, though, YouTube TV is bringing its Enhanced 1080p from YouTube to YouTube TV that started to hit YouTube back in April 2023 on mobile and August on other devices. This advanced version of 1080p seems to be similar to what YouTube is doing by offering a crisper-smother image, especially for sports streaming. YouTube TV has promised higher bitrates for some time now, but now it seems to be rolling out to more devices, including the Apple TV.
No word yet on when this glitch will be fixed but the new enhanced 1080p image quality is still working even if it is not showing in your settings.