YouTube Bumps Up Streaming Quality


YouTube is rolling out higher-quality versions of select videos. The new, easier-on-the-eyes option was experiment with different quality streams, depending on the user’s bandwidth. Perhaps this is the new “good enough” for Chen, as he described it at our conference. With the likes of Dailymotion, Vimeo and MySpace throwing down the HD gauntlet, the pressure was on YouTube to improve its quality.

Not all videos have the option, but you can see for yourself with this clip from the YouTube Democratic Debate, and check out the screen shots below.

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Thanks for the tip, Martin! Valleywag also got a similar tip last night.


steveking today announces YouTube Robot 2.0, a tool that enables you to download video from onto your PC, convert it to various formats to watch it when you are on the road on mobile devices like mobile phone, iPod, iPhone, Pocket PC, PSP, or Zune.

YouTube Robot allows you to search for videos using keywords or browse video by category, author, channel, language, tags, etc. When you find something noteworthy, you can preview the video right in YouTube Robot and then download it onto the hard disk drive. The speed, at which you will be downloading, is very high: up to 5 times faster than other software when you download a single file and up to 4 times faster when you download multiple files at a time.

Manual download is not the only option with YouTube Robot. You may as well schedule the download and conversion tasks to be executed automatically, even when you are not around. Downloading is followed by conversion to the format of your choice and uploading videos to a mobile device (if needed). For example, you can plug in iPod, select the video, go to bed, and when you wake up next morning, your iPod will be ready to play new YouTube videos.

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