Something’s going on and I like what ReadWriteWeb is thinking. Supposedly YouTube is making an announcement tomorrow and no one is quite sure what the deal is. If it’s higher quality video, that would be great. YouTube has been using the old Sorenson codec since the beginning while other competitors have been rolling out higher quality versions with the On2 codec or even H.264. The one thing about the Sorenson codec was that it only required Flash 7, so YouTube worked with older versions of the player. Are they comfortable now with the penetration numbers so they’re opening up higher quality versions? YouTube is already doing a bunch of encoding to H.264 to support the iPhone so maybe now they’re exposing those files to the Flash Player which would help boost the penetration numbers for the latest update (I’m not sure what they are currently).
If it’s higher quality video then that’s a great thing for everyone. I still love YouTube but man the video is hard to watch at times. I think people have gotten acclimated to bad video quality on the web so a site like YouTube could go a long way towards raising everyone’s expectations.
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