Netflix, YouTube will limit streaming quality in Europe for 30 days

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Netflix and YouTube will reduce their streaming quality in the European Union to avoid clogging its servers and hiking up the electricity bill, following a request from European officials.

The demand for online services has spiked to unprecedented levels, following the isolation and self-quarantine imposed across Europe.
Netflix, YouTube will limit streaming quality in Europe for 30 days
Netflix was quoted that it will reduce its data consumption by 25% and viewers will still find the picture quality good enough. Usually, one hour of video streaming in standard definition (480p) uses about 1 GB data, while HD can get up to 3 GB/h.

YouTube said its service has seen only a few usage peaks, but decided to act preemptively and minimize stress on the system. The official statement said the company is “temporarily switching all traffic in the EU to standard definition by default”.
Netflix, YouTube will limit streaming quality in Europe for 30 days
Both companies revealed their plans after a phone call with Thierry Breton, the European Commissioner for the Internal Market. Later he praised both companies and their “very prompt action”. Breton said the change will “preserve the smooth functioning of the internet during the Covid-19 crisis”.

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