YouTube can start charging for videos in 4K resolution. The news was revealed by several users in the United States, which indicates that the change may reach the global audience soon.
Currently, any user can simply increase the resolution of videos to 4K on computers or Smart TVs. However, Google wants to make even that exclusive to Premium plan subscribers.
As you can see in the screenshot below, tapping to change the resolution should show the caption “Premium, tap to refresh” next to the 2160p resolution.
Of course, 8K videos should also become exclusive to subscribers, and this change in YouTube’s positioning shows that the platform could end up restricting the lives of free users even more.
Recently, YouTube started testing a new ad format, and it pissed off a lot of people. With the resolution limitation, several users in the US have already started to complain.
For now, Google does not comment on the matter, but it is worth remembering that Premium in Europe is offered for R$ 20.90 per month.
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