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YouTube launches 4K live streaming

YouTube announced on Wednesday (November 30, 2016) the launch of 4K live streaming, giving users the ability to stream standard and 360-degree videos in 4K resolution.

“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,” wrote Senior Product Manager Kurt Wilms in a YouTube blog post.

YouTube notes that 4K video is a “giant leap” from HD video because it shows a total of 8 million pixels, with an image that has four times more image definition compared to 1080p video.

The firm believes that live streams will look better, show a more detailed picture, and not be blurred when there’s a fast action on the screen.

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