720p has been standard for video display resolution and classified as High Definition for many years; however, as per the new update by YouTube, the streaming giant, 720p is no longer classified as HD.
YouTube removed HD label from 720p Resolution
YouTube just stopped calling 720P as HD resolution, making any resolution below 1080p as Standard Definition.
The new update says 720 no longer HD
In the latest update from YouTube, the 720p resolution is no longer tagged as HD on its interface. The change is only in the tag and does not impact the streaming in 720p resolution. The video streaming is still available in the resolution of 720p. However, it is no longer labeled as HD and now falls under the SD category.
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No official statement to explain the move
The company has not made any official statements about the change and did not explain why it no longer considers 720p as HD. The simple reason may be that the platform has upgraded its video standards and only considers anything above as HD,
720p format still available but no longer tagged as HD
The users would be able to upload and stream videos in the 720p format; however, those would be labeled as SD only. The HD videos would be 1080 and 1440p, and the Standard videos would include 360p, 144p, and 720p. Users can also upload videos in 4K and 8K resolution.
High Definition is in demand
Resolution plays a pivotal role in the quality of video display and clarity. Most of the users prefer watching HD quality videos only as they have high-end display devices these days. Television, laptops, tablets, and even mobile phones of mid-range price caps provide high-definition display screens, so the HD videos are much in demand.
Streaming platforms lowered the resolution to reduce network load
Recently in pandemic times, various streaming platforms switched to standard definition streaming to avoid network congestion due to increased load on the networks.