YouTube to go HD in 2008

YouTube may have lifted the lid on me-TV but it's long been a gripe of users that no matter the quality of the uploaded content and regardless of the

YouTube may have lifted the lid on me-TV but it's long been a gripe of users that no matter the quality of the uploaded content and regardless of the size of the download pipe, it still ends up being delivered as the same over compressed mush at the other end.But not for long. YouTube co-founder Steve Chen's told tech hacks that higher-quality video including HD is on the way.It's testing a new player at the moment that'll detect connection speeds and deliver clips in appropriate quality – something RealPlayer and Quicktime have been doing for yonks. That'll mean that Luddites on 28k dial-up modems will still be able to join in, but T1 line users won't see their content reduced to the lowest common denominator.If all goes well, the first HD content's expected within three months. So, are you ready for your close up now?Essentials Contact: YouTube Related stories: Changes afoot on planet YouTube YouTube to offer cash payouts Vodafone's YouTube goes Live!