In recent times, YouTube has been taking its video streaming standards quite seriously. First it introduced 2K and not long after that gave 4K videos to its users. But the problem lies within each individual users’ bandwidth and the limits of usage that their ISP levy on the home internet users. Even though there aren’t many 4K videos yet, most people out there are increasing their upload on such high resolutions and it could barely be streamed on broadband connections (a dream on mobile networks like 3G for sure).
YouTube has been implementing its VP9 format under the WebM container which acts as the file extension like AVI and MP4 standards. This is clearly the best competitor to H.264 Codec currently used in all MP4 videos present in 720P and 1080P. The usage of VP9 format cuts the bandwidth usage in half when compared to H.264 and also improvises the image quality dramatically by considering fast-paced materials such as water splash in the video.
People have already begun to realize the action of HTML5 via YouTube on Google Chrome web browser as well the test versions of Firefox such as Nightly builds. With the VP9 in its arsenal, YouTube can increase the speed of playback to great levels with its less buffer-time while running at Ultra HD resolutions which wouldn’t normally be possible on slower internet connections. The native support of the web browsers are being improved everyday with Chrome in the lead and Firefox not far behind. The competition only gets tougher from here on out since there is also the H.265 standard playing a big role in future web videos. It’s nostalgic to see the two formats competing just like how Blu-Ray and HD-DVD battled out with the former being the winner. Out of these 2 codecs, either one will be out or both will prevail in due time.