The European Union has asked Netflix to lower its streaming quality to ensure people can watch movies and TV shows during this Coronavirus pandemic.
This news comes from CNN who revealed that both YouTube and Netflix were asked by EU officials to stop streaming in high definition.
The idea here is to prevent the “Internet from breaking”.
As more and more people start to work from home, the demand on services like Netflix and YouTube has gone up.
This means that there could end up being too little bandwidth to handle the demand.
There will be, and already has been, a huge strain on the Internet.
Google and Netflix have revealed they will lower the quality of their streaming services for 30 days.
Netflix will stop streaming in HD and 4K due to the Coronavirus
“We estimate that this will reduce Netflix traffic on European networks by around 25% while also ensuring a good quality service for our members,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement.
A spokesperson for Google (), which owns YouTube, said: “We will continue working with member state governments and network operators to minimize stress on the system, while also delivering a good user experience.”
Some people may look at this and get annoyed if they pay for 4K quality streaming on Netflix.
It is annoying, but it does mean that everybody will get to watch content on Netflix during these worrying times.
Hopefully, they’ll only have to do this for 30 days and in May things will go back to some kind of normality.
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