Streaming giant Netflix has confirmed it will limit viewing quality by a substantial amount in Europe, for an initial period of 30 days…
Netflix will reduce its streaming quality in Europe for 30 days in order to help lessen network congestion. Although, Netflix isn’t alone, by any means. With the spread of COVID-19, more and more localities are warning residents to practice social distancing, and even shut down bars, nightclubs, restaurants, malls, and more.
Netflix Reducing European Streaming Quality for 30 Days Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak
The coronavirus is posing a triple threat to internet networks across the globe. For instance, there’s a massive increase for news and video, more and more people are telecommuting, and students are using distance learning or virtual learning. All of which severely tax the system, which could result in serious slowdowns and perhaps outages.
Netflix will reduce the quality of its streaming in Europe by 25 percent, which is a very large amount. The streaming company is using the hashtag #SwitchToStandard to encourage customers to forgo HD viewing.
Right now, there’s no word whether or not Netflix will take the same measures in the United States. But, the streaming company could do so in the not-too-distant future, if the impact of the virus continues to cause more precautions to be taken by the public.
Teleworking & streaming help a lot but infrastructures might be in strain.
To secure Internet access for all, let’s #SwitchToStandard definition when HD is not necessary.
— Thierry Breton (@ThierryBreton) March 18, 2020