On its corporate blog today, Billy Biggs, Software Engineer for YouTube announced that support for 1080p HD videos is on its way.

Starting next week, YouTube's HD mode will add support for viewing videos in 720p or 1080p, depending on the resolution of the original source.

Previously the maximum native resolution offered by YouTube had been 720p. The move to 1080p comes about one year after the video sharing site began offering YouTube users the ability to upload and 720p HD video.

The increase to 1080p won't make a huge difference to users who are already watching 720p videos on their computer screen, however, the increased resolution should be a significant improvement for users watching videos in your home theatre on a big screen television.

In the blog posting , Biggs also noted that any videos already uploaded in 1080p would be re-encoded to offer even more resolution to viewers.

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