YouTube Default Video Quality Being Reduced To Standard Definition

YouTube Default Video Quality Being Reduced To Standard Definition

It follows Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and YouTube confirming similar moves last week after concerns were raised about the ability of internet networks to handle increases in user traffic as millions stay at home during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Amazon officials similarly said that they had already taken action in Europe - and while the reductions in video quality have not yet impacted the US, they are closely monitoring the situation and are ready to take action if called upon by government agencies.

The EU's executive has expressed concerned about the load on Internet infrastructure during the coronavirus crisis as scores of citizens log on from home to work or try to keep themselves entertained during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) and Disney+ streaming service have agreed to cut bandwidth in a bid to support internet service providers in Europe to cope with a surge in usage.

The letter has been sent to 12 streaming services, namely Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, Hotstar, Zee5, Alt Balaji, Voot, Sony Liv, Viuclip, Hoichoi, SunNXT and Voot. "We estimate that this will reduce Netflix traffic on Israeli networks by around 25% while also ensuring a good quality service", the ministry quoted the streaming giant as saying.

Facebook and Disney have made a decision to join Netflix, YouTube, and Amazon in reducing the quality of video streams across Europe. According to Netflix, "watching TV shows or movies on Netflix uses about 1 GB of data per hour for each stream of standard definition video, and up to 3 GB per hour for each stream of HD video". The body has mentioned that during such a time it is "absolutely essential for the streaming platforms to cooperate with TSPs so as to manage the traffic distribution patterns". Consumers should continue to get the quality that comes with their plan, whether it's ultra-high, high- or standard-definition.

While partners in regions such as Latin America want the company to reduce its bandwidth as soon as possible, others wanted to continue business as usual, Netflix said.

The letter pointed out that similar measures are being taken by various streaming platforms internationally, especially in the USA and Europe, to manage the network traffic.

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