IN A NUTSHELL:
- 720p resolution is no longer recognized as an HD standard by YouTube;
- Users can still watch movies in this resolution and their quality has not changed.
YouTube has decided to change the classification of screen resolutions on the platform - 720p is no longer considered an HD (High-Definition) resolution. Such a marker appears only in the case of 1080p. You can see the change by watching almost any material - for example, the gameplay from Ghost of Tsushima published a few days ago.
Undoubtedly, this is a sign of the times - 1080p resolution is nowadays a standard for most users, and some of them use monitors / TVs that support 1440p or even 4K. In addition, the development of Internet infrastructure means that in general we don't have to watch material in lower resolution. The exceptions are situations when we use a phone and mobile data transmission.
Of course, this change does not mean that YouTube can no longer be used at 720p. Neither has the quality of the movies changed - just the designation. Wonder how the community (and the rest of the Internet) will react to this move.
- YouTube - official website