YouTube joins hands with Netflix to reduce video quality in Europe

  • AUTHOR: dua
  • POSTED ON: March 21, 2020

Coronavirus is now making moronic excuses to ruin our lives and we’re left with no other option but to just… deal with it? 

Source: True Gossiper

So, like, you might already know how bad the situation is in Europe, right? So we’ll quickly review the latest updates.

Europe has become the epicenter of the entire pandemic. Since thousands of deaths were reported from Italy, Norway, France, and the UK, the continent decided to go on a lockdown. As a result, people were spending all of their time at home surfing the internet. This negatively impacted the home usage strains of the continent’s internet. Due to this reason, Netflix has reduced the quality of its videos in the region. Following the suit, YouTube has also announced that it will be switching all of the traffic to default for the time being.

“We are making a commitment to temporarily switch all traffic in the EU to standard definition by default.”– Reuter reports.

EU industry chief Thierry Breton had made a request to all the streaming platforms to reduce their load on the infrastructure of the continent. This problem was expected considering everybody is social distancing and spending time at home. This guideline is being followed by people across the globe as it’s the only precautionary measurement that seems apt at the time.

Source: Al Jazeera

There are rumors that if the infrastructure problem is not fixed instantly, it might cause trouble for the people who’re working remotely. It can also impact e-learning activities. Hence, the disruption is something that everyone is trying to avoid as businesses and schools have shuttered entirely.

As soon as Netflix made this announcement, YouTube joined hands and revealed that it will decrease the quality of its streams for the next 30 days. The intention is to minimize internet traffic by 25%.

BBC News has disclosed that as far as remote working facilities are concerned, the overall stress on technologies like Webmail and video conferencing is unexpectedly less. However, all video streaming sites have experienced exponential growth. On the other hand, internet providers have confirmed that their networks carry enough headroom to deal with the sudden increase in demand.

In an official statement, British telecoms provider BT has informed that the daytime traffic has increased by 30 to 60%. However, there’s no need to worry as the number is still half the average of evening peak usage. Thus, if anyone was under the impression that the current usage is near the network’s full capacity, then they’re underestimating it. Similar steps were taken by Vodafone and TalkTalk –services cater to UK households

Here’s a bit of unsolicited advice: Start reading and spend less time on the internet. It will not only benefit you but everyone else

Updated March 21, 2020
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