YouTube would be experimenting with the possibility of limiting access to 4K resolution to Premium users of the platform, who pay monthly for access without ads and exclusive features.
According to MacRumors, some Reddit and Twitter users have noticed that Google’s video platform has prompted them to subscribe to YouTube Premium in order to enable 4K (2160p) playback, a capability that has been available to everyone without restriction since its inception.
At the same time, users will be able to choose quality up to 1440p for free, that is, video in 2K. Google has not yet commented on the situation, while now there are no restrictions on the choice of quality.
Simply put, the experiment adds another limitation for free users and simultaneously serves as a new “benefit” for YouTube Premium. Today, the premium subscription removes ads, adds background playback on mobile devices, and also allows you to download videos for offline viewing. The subscription also includes access to YouTube Music.