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720p is no longer HD according to YouTube

Platform reclassifies what constitutes HD quality on its videos

YouTube is no longer recognising 720p as High Definition content.

Users of YouTube’s desktop site and mobile app are no longer seeing the HD badge next to the 720p resolution option.

Instead, the platform now considers content in 1080p as HD.

Previously, content streamed at 360p or 480p was defined as ‘standard definition,’ with any content at 720p or above classified as HD.

During the coronavirus pandemic, YouTube lowered the quality of its streams in the European Union, switching all content to SD.