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YouTube & Other Streaming Services Reduce Picture Quality To Avoid Overloading The Internet

COVID-19 (aka Coronavirus) has hit the globe pretty hard and because a significant portion of the global population is now working from home or has stopped working entirely, the strain that has been put on the internet is pretty significant.

The European Union recently asked video streaming platforms to dial down on video quality in order to reduce the load being placed on the internet and Amazon, YouTube and Netflix have complied with the request.

We are making a commitment to temporarily switch all traffic in the EU to standard definition by default

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YouTube statement

The changes will be in place for the next 30 days, and Amazon made a similar announcement saying they want to “to mitigate network congestion”;

Prime Video is working with local authorities and Internet Service Providers where needed to help mitigate any network congestion, including in Europe where we’ve already begun the effort to reduce streaming bitrates whilst maintaining a quality streaming experience for our customers

Amazon spokesperson

There are worries that the launch of Disney+ in the UK and other European countries this coming week might result in a strain coming from non-essential traffic.


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One thought on “YouTube & Other Streaming Services Reduce Picture Quality To Avoid Overloading The Internet

  1. Our post is not relevant. The adjustment has only been made to EU were they can only access 720p here I can still watch a maych higher resolution. Do your research better or ask people around. Makubhowa nemamwe ma post asingaise an effect on other regions

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