UPDATE (July 16th, 2020):
After over three months, Google has lastly began to elevate the 480p cap that it placed on YouTube video playback in India. Plenty of customers have began to see 720p and 1080p video streaming choices on the cellular app. It must be famous that the newly provided freedom is just for WiFi customers. The app nonetheless limits video playback to 480p on cellular knowledge connection however we predict that to get lifted quickly as effectively.
Original (March 30th, 2020)
It was final week once we reported about streaming providers’ transfer to cut back video streaming high quality in Europe. The purpose behind the choice was mentioned to manage the rising bandwidth utilization due to lockdown, earn a living from home, and self-quarantine state of affairs the world over. And now, YouTube has achieved one thing related however extra restrictive within the Indian market.
As reported by varied Twitter customers, YouTube’s Android app has been noticed limiting video streaming high quality to 480p aka Standard Definition (SD). It means even you might be watching a 1080p or 4K video on a suitable smartphone, you’ll nonetheless not be capable to transcend 480p. Moreover, the video high quality limitation is in place even for YouTube Premium subscribers.
This is means totally different from what YouTube and different streaming service suppliers have been doing in Europe. They have chosen to set 480p because the default video decision which might then be manually modified to a better one. But within the case of what’s being reported in India, 480p is the utmost video decision that you may stream on cellular gadgets. It must be famous that desktop customers appear to be freed from the limitation for now.
The limitation is relevant to all web connections, be it 4G LTE, WiFi or a wired broadband connection. It is additional mentioned to be a extra widespread incidence for Delhi and Mumbai customers. As of now, there isn’t any official assertion from YouTube on the state of affairs but when it releases any, we are going to maintain you up to date.