YouTube brings back 4K videos for non-Premium users


Recently, it was discovered that YouTube was testing out a change where they hid 4K video resolution options behind its Premium paywall, meaning that you would need to have a YouTube Premium subscription in order to watch videos in 4K resolution.

This was quite a bummer because there are many users out there with 4K monitors and TVs who would now be unable to take advantage of their higher-resolution displays unless they pay a subscription fee every month. The good news is that it looks like YouTube’s experiment has come to an end.

In a tweet responding to a user, YouTube has confirmed that they have since disabled this experiment and that all users, including non-Premium users, will be able to access the 4K resolution option. Keep in mind that while this experiment was ongoing, it didn’t affect all users so if you weren’t affected by this previously, then this update isn’t going to make any difference.

Also, another thing to note is that not all video creators upload videos in 4K, so depending on what you normally watch, this might not be that big of a deal. Either way, it’s good to see that YouTube has decided against locking behind 4K quality videos behind a paywall, so hopefully we won’t be seeing it return in a different form in the future.

Source: Android Authority

Tyler Lee
A graphic novelist wannabe. Amateur chef. Mechanical keyboard enthusiast. Writer of tech with over a decade of experience. Juggles between using a Mac and Windows PC, switches between iOS and Android, believes in the best of both worlds.

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