YouTube Premium subscription costs were recently increased in some regions. Premium users can enjoy ad-free access to videos, the ability to watch videos or listen to music in the background, and high-quality video streaming. YouTube claims to have 80 million paid and free trial premium users worldwide. Now, the Google-owned company has announced new features for premium users. YouTube users across all platforms including smartphones, smart TVs and tablets will now be able to enjoy videos at higher picture quality. Some of the features introduced are also supported by artificial intelligence.
one in blog postYouTube has confirmed that Premium users can now stream an upscaled bitrate version of 1080p videos on more platforms. Initially this feature was introduced only for iOS users, now the feature is available for Android users. Premium subscribers can also stream videos of this quality to other Android devices like smart televisions and tablets. The 1080p high bitrate feature can be enabled with quality Menu Options.
Higher bitrates provide a higher quality viewing experience by providing more information per pixel resulting in clearer images with more detail. Google notes Videos that were submitted in 1080p may only be eligible for the improved bitrate. Videos, live streams, and YouTube Shorts uploaded at resolutions higher or lower than 1080p will not support the 1080p Premium feature.
Meanwhile, YouTube has also brought in Conversation AI, which when asked can recommend the video you are watching or any other video related to your search. According to the company, this AI chatbot can also answer questions related to video. You can access the tool by tapping Ask button. However, this feature is currently only available for Android users in the US.
You can also ask the AI chatbot to summarize long comments into a short paragraph with specific identified topics. YouTube suggests that creators can use this feature to collect ideas for their future content.
When switching devices, Premium users can now continue watching videos on another device with the same account where they left off. For example, you can continue watching the same video on YouTube if you stop watching it on your phone and play it on your TV. YouTube will point to the video with the label continue watching, Previously this feature was only available to users switching between phone and web. Now it can be enjoyed on all platforms.
Long-term Premium subscribers can now receive virtual badges, which claims to reward users for their loyalty. Users above 18 years of age can earn these badges by engaging in premium benefits like Afterparty, YouTube Music, Continue Watching, etc. By clicking on the locked badge on your premium benefits page on your YouTube account, you can learn how to earn this badge.