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YouTube, just weeks after adding support for 4K HDR, has added support for 4K live streaming for both 360-degree and standard videos today.
What this means is that content creators can now broadcast high-resolution videos (4K) in both 360-degree and standard video formats at around 60fps (frames per second).
Kurt Wilms, Senior Product Manager of YouTube in an official blog post wrote that "4K video isn't just a little different from HD video; it's a giant leap. It shows 8 MILLION pixels total, with an image that has four times more image definition than even 1080p video."
What this essentially means is that live streams will look better with a detailed and crisper image quality. Also, at times when there's fast action on screen, the videos will be less blurry comparatively.
Having said that, this is not an entirely all pros and no cons affair. Better quality video streaming also means that you'd require better internet speeds. For instance, a 4K video at 30fps on YouTube would require a bitrate ranging from 13,000 to 34,000Kbps. In other words, you'd need an internet connection with speeds ranging anywhere around 13-33Mbps (upload speed).
However, thanks to YouTube's compression technologies users can stream 4K videos at a much lesser internet download speeds. The quality of the video may drop at lower speeds, though.
YouTube is allowing to live stream 4K content starting from today. In case you are on the viewer's side, YouTube has partnered with The Game Awards - which will start streaming (live) from 7:30 AM in India tomorrow.