YouTube is undoubtedly the largest and most important video platform on the Internet, this platform is used by millions of users daily and has become the main source of income for many people.
But like all companies, it aims to earn more and more money, and for this reason a little less than four years ago, Google launched YouTube Premium, a paid version of this app that offered functions such as downloading music and videos offline or playing content in the background are two of the great attractions.
And while there are many people who have subscribed to the paid version of YouTube (more than 50 million users), the company wants even more. We have been able to see this in recent months, not only with the promotion of this service and all the benefits it has, but also with the threat of taking some functions that until now were free to the Premium version.
A few weeks ago, alarms went off among YouTube users after one alerted that when trying to play a video in 2160 p (4K) resolution it came out as blocked and only available for YouTube Premium.
Criticisms were not long in coming from users, who would have to pay the 12.99 euros per month that the subscription costs to be able to watch the videos in the best available quality. But also by content creators , since they record their videos in this resolution and removing this option from the free version of YouTube would mean that millions of users would have to watch their videos in a lower quality than the one recorded.
we’ve fully turned off this experiment. viewers should now be able to access 4K quality resolutions without Premium membership. we’re here if you have other q’s
— TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) October 17, 2022
As expected, the privatization of functions that were previously free has not gone down well, but it was not until yesterday that the company announced that it was only an experimental test and that anyone could access 4K resolution.
Something similar happened last month, when a user reported that he had to watch up to 10 ads in a row without being able to skip them to watch a video. Everyone understands that advertising is necessary for the business to be viable, but many considered it an abuse, just a few hours later YouTube said that it was a test.