November 20, 2008

YouTube gingerly testing the HD waters


So notes Wired's Epicenter blog and Ars Technica, both of which have instructions on how to view the smattering of HD-quality videos available on YouTube (including the "Where the Hell is Matt" clip that's been making the rounds; it even made a brief appearance on "Daily Show" the other night). Wired says the videos appear to have a resolution of 720p with "stereo surround" soundtracks.

Of course, YouTube wouldn't be the first site to offer streaming HD video -- ABC.com, Hulu, Vimeo and others beat it to the punch some time ago -- but it would certainly be the biggest, and given that YouTube just inked a deal with MGM for streaming its movies online, well ... this could be interesting.

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