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YouTube adds 4K support for live streaming

YouTube has launched 4K live streaming for both 360-degree and standard videos.

Live events are automatically available on iOS, Android 4.0+, game console devices and mobile devices via the YouTube app and

“Supporting this new format will let creators and partners stream incredibly high-resolution video, and let viewers enjoy the clearest picture possible when watching a live stream on 4K-supported devices. The image quality is just mind-blowing on screens that support it, and in 360 degrees…the clarity can truly transport you, “said Kurt Wilms, senior product manager, YouTube.

“4K video isn’t just a little different from HD video; it’s a giant leap. It shows eight million pixels total, with an image that has four times more image definition than even 1080p video.

“What does this mean in real world terms? Live streams look better, show a more detailed, crisper picture, and aren’t as blurry when there’s fast action on screen. Basically, 4K makes everything better to look at.

“And because we support 4K at up to 60 frames per second, creators can make content that looks silky smooth, and more realistic than ever before.For creators this means the ability to take advantage of an incredibly clear picture for recorded and now streaming video.”