So, youtube recently started allowing HD videos, which I enjoy immensely. Not just the fmt=18, but now fmt=22, compare in full screen and you’ll see what I mean. At first, I heard questions around the interwebs, and from a few friends, that this may put downloading anime, television shows, and maybe TV, out of business. I’m going to have to put a firm ‘no’ towards that.
Sure, it’s great. But it’s still not like having an episode or movie on your hard-drive or DVD. It’s much slower, has a restricted time-limit (at least I assume it does), and isn’t going to have the selection of downloads.
I hear mumbles here and there from people who still cannot run HD videos on their computer. And that is with a video that is on their hard drive. A flash-based program is just going to lag even more for them.
But, that aside, the lack of selection is the biggest problem. Why watch sparse, 25 minute videos, when you can watch entire movies, in one shot on a DVD? You may find a few anime here and there, and a TV show that some company wanted to promo on youtube. But you won’t find your favorite shows from normal television plastered all over youtube. It’s just not going to happen that way.., yet.
I do believe youtube is taking a step in the right direction. But it’s only a step, not a leap, and I don’t think it will change how I view any of my media. The greatest things for this are short trailers, and things like OPs to anime. These types of videos are fantastic to have in HD without having to download them. I welcome this change; even if it is just here to completely and utterly DESTROY all their competition.