YouTube moving to h.264 for better AppleTV and iPhone support

June 3, 2021

The relationship between Apple and Google keep showing it’s head more and more! Something tell me that the recently announced YouTube support of h.264 will also enable the Apple iPhone to play YouTube content when the phone launch on June 29th 2007.:

According to Moody, the YouTube update will take place in stages, beginning with the free software update for Apple TV owners in mid-June. At launch, “thousands of videos designed for Apple TV” will be available, with additional thousands added weekly until the entire YouTube library becomes accessible to Apple TV users this fall.

When asked what “designed for Apple TV” meant, Moody said that YouTube will soon be encoding videos in the H.264 streaming-efficient compression format preferred by Apple TV, and that all new videos submitted to YouTube as of the mid-June launch of the AppleTV update will be playable by the device. From then until fall, YouTube will be encoding its entire back-catalog in H.264 format, adding videos in chunks until everything is accessible to Apple TV users. Direct links and the on-screen keyboard-based search engine mentioned in our previous update will bring you to current and old videos alike.

h.264, also known as MPEG-4 AVC (Advanced Video Coding), is a video compression standard that offers significantly greater compression than its predecessors. The standard is expected to offer up to twice the compression of the current MPEG-4 ASP (Advanced Simple Profile), in addition to improvements in perceptual quality. The H.264 standard can provide DVD-quality video at under 1.5 Mbps, and is considered promising for full-motion video over wireless, satellite, and ADSL Internet connections.

YouTube is currently streaming all it’s content using the Flash Video format known as FLV. It is not expected that YouTube will force anyone outside AppleTV and iPhone users to play the new format when it becomes available.

[Via iLounge]

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