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YouTube TV Might Get A Picture Quality Boost This Summer

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YouTube TV is not the worst streaming service when it comes to picture quality, but it is not the best either. Google’s live TV streaming service has continually been looking to improve various aspects of the experience lately, and it looks like picture quality might now be next in line.

YouTube TV is now running “picture quality experiments” including the testing of transcoding changes. According to a recent Reddit post by a YouTube Community Manager, the plan is to make these transcoding changes permanent by this summer, assuming the testing period before then goes well.

One of the specific changes that’s now being tested is a bitrate increase for live 1080p content. Only devices “that support the VP9 codec with high-speed internet connections” are being used for this testing, but the change is likely to eventually result in an improved picture quality on most devices.

The picture quality experiments were only a small part of the Reddit post which was filled with bits and pieces explaining some of the other things that the YouTube TV team is currently working on. While some of these details were new, others simply confirmed recent information.

For example, the post highlights that an update for the YouTube TV app on Apple TV has rolled out and looks to fix a black screen issue that some users have been facing. While we already knew about that update, the message also confirmed that a fix for the app crashing problem on 1st Gen Apple TV 4K players “will be in the app store imminently” so that will be one to look out for.

Elsewhere, the April update post also explains that a fix for an audio/video sync issue will begin testing soon, and that the team is also working on some improvements for multiview. The suggestion being those multiview upgrades should arrive before the start of the NFL season.

Speaking of which, the post also took the opportunity to remind YouTube TV members that they have until June 6th to save $100 on the cost of an NFL Sunday Ticket subscription.

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By John Finn

John Finn is the Founder and Editor of Streaming Better, a platform created in 2019 to help consumers navigate the complicated live TV streaming and subscription service market.

John has been covering technology for various online publications since 2014. After originally covering the wider tech industry as a writer and editor, John now spends his time focusing on the emerging video-streaming market, including live TV streaming, SVOD, AVOD, FAST, and TVOD services.

In a bid to keep up to date on the industry, John actively subscribes to multiple streaming services at the same time. However, John continues to advocate that the best approach for consumers is to rotate between streaming services as needed.

A Psychology graduate from England, who now lives in the US, John previously worked in the aviation industry as an airline reviewer. While reviewing airlines isn't quite the same as reviewing devices and streaming services, John brings the same analytical eye to all of his reviews and industry analysis, along with a special emphasis on what's best for the consumer.

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