YouTube videos in 8k on Android TV
This isn’t the first time YouTube has been rolling out support for 8k content for televisions. Previously, it was the case that the same support (YouTube videos in 8k) was rolled out for LG and Samsung televisions from 2020 with 8k on board. But now also Google’s own Android TV is on the turn. It is and sometimes remains a bit strange that Google first releases something for competing platforms, but it is not unheard of.
However, before you put videos in 8k on you Android TV, make sure your television meets the following requirements:
- Of course you need an Android TV with 8k support
- Your Android TV device must have at least Android 10 on board
- The Android TV hardware must have the AV1 codec on board (including 8k decoding)
- The YouTube app on your TV must be updated to version 2.12.08 (or higher)
At the time of writing, it is unclear whether there is even one TV that meets the above requirements. Earlier this year, TCL announced that the expected 8k support for the well-known video streaming service will be rolled out to the X915 in Europe. However, you do need at least Android 10 for your television and the last time someone checked whether it was already that far, that was not the case. In any case, it is expected that 8k televisions with Android TV on board that will appear in 2021 will be compatible.