20 March 2020
Earlier in the week streaming platforms were requested by the European Union to reduce the image quality on their platforms less the internet would break due to overuse.
Coronavirus concerns have forced companies to let employees work from home if they can as well as led to the suspension of schools, which has contributed to a heightened strain on the internet.
Recently, both Netflix and YouTube announced that they would be reducing their streaming quality in Europe as a result of the EU’s pleas. According to both platforms, for a period of 30 days they will not allow high definition video in order to ensure that the strain on the internet is reduced.
YouTube representatives went on to share that they aim to “continue working with member state governments and network operators to minimize stress on the system, while also delivering a good user experience.”
Given that YouTube and Netflix account for a majority of online streaming it is expected that their measures will alleviate the pressure being placed on the internet to greater extent than other streaming platforms.
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