YouTube Launches 4K Live Streaming

Available for both standard and 360-degree videos

SAN BRUNO, CALIF.—YouTube has had the ability to showcase 4K videos since 2010, but now it will be able to offer 4K live streams as well. In a post on its official blog, YouTube announced that live 4K streams would now be available for both standard and 360-degree videos.

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“Supporting this 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 Kurt Wilms, senior product manager for YouTube.

Users will be able to stream 4K/2160p content at either 30 frames per second or 60 frames per second.

One of the first opportunities for viewers to check out a live 4K stream will be on Dec. 1 for the Game Awards, which will be available at 9 p.m. EST on YouTube.