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5 Aug, 2023
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YouTube's enhanced 1080p Premium tier is now reaching users beyond iOS devices, as the platform expands the upgraded quality to desktop web users and select TV devices.

The new 1080p Premium tier is exclusively available to paying Premium subscribers, aiming to provide a boost in content quality through higher bitrates, resulting in improved sharpness, detail, and overall visual experience.

Initially launched for iOS devices earlier this year, the 1080p Premium tier has been a much-anticipated addition for YouTube enthusiasts. This expansion marks the platform's first step in bringing the enhanced quality to platforms beyond iOS.

Notably, this upgrade is available for web users regardless of their Premium subscription status, though clicking on the option without a paid subscription will prompt a notice to sign up for the upgraded quality.

Additionally, YouTube has revealed that the improved 1080p quality is accessible on certain TV devices, including Google's non-Android-based Chromecasts and select game consoles. However, specifics regarding compatible TV devices have not been detailed.

While multiple Android users had glimpses of the higher bitrate quality in June, the broader rollout for Android devices has yet to be realized.