COVID-19 Forces Netflix To Reduce Streaming Quality In Europe

As the pandemic coronavirus continues to wreak havoc across the globe, the streaming giant, Netflix will reduce the quality of its streaming in Europe to ease pressure on the internet.

The firm said this as demand soars across the continent with millions confined to their homes over coronavirus fears.

The streaming giant in an announcement by its spokesperson said the bit rates across all its streams in Europe will be reduced for 30 days.

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“We estimate that this will reduce Netflix traffic on European networks by around 25 percent while also ensuring a good quality service for our members,” the statement added.

The virus has led to the suspension of social events leading to wide-ranging of lockdowns and quarantines, which also affected schools, shops, and borders.

With such restriction,  Europe is increasingly turning to the internet to stave off boredom. But the huge file sizes of high definition offerings from web giants like Netflix, Disney Plus, Hulu, HBO, and Amazon are slowing the web.

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Thierry Breton, the EU commissioner for the internal market and digital economy warned that : “Teleworking and streaming help a lot but infrastructures might be in strain.”

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