Please take a chill pill in watching over Netflix and Youtube, guys.
Due to the heavy consumption and a sudden spike of traffic, Youtube has decided to reduce the quality of their videos around the world last March 24 as an answer to ease the internet traffic during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Youtube stated that the change will affect during the first few seconds of the video which will now run in Standard definition mode. However, users will still be able to watch in HD, but they must manually select it in the video settings.
Another major streaming service, Netflix, announced that they are also reducing the video quality of their movies to reduce their bandwidth usage. In a report published by Forbes, the website wrote “Netflix’s highest quality streams are also bandwidth hogs. The company’s own guidelines recommend a minimum connection speed of 25Mbits/sec if you wish to watch its highest quality, ‘Ultra HD’ streams.”
The use of streaming services like Youtube and Netflix, surged in recent weeks as millions of people from around the world are staying at home due to the threat of COVID-19.
Youtube added that they do not believe that the world will run out of internet bandwidth any time soon, but is taking preemptive measures to avoid this from happening.
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