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Coronavirus: Netflix To Turn Down Streaming Quality In Europe To Avoid Internet Crash Amidst Lockdown

According To A Spokesperson Of The Streaming Giant Netflix, It Will Reduce Bit Rates For The Video Streams In Europe For 30 Days

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Shriparna Saha | Updated on: 20 Mar 2020, 02:02:15 PM
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New Delhi:

As millions of people confide to their house amidst Coronavirus lockdown in Europe, the usage of the Internet has sky-rocketed. The World Wide Web being the only recourse to connect with the outside world or entertain oneself with binge-watching at OTT platforms, there has been a huge surge in its use in a few weeks. Europe’s most popular OTT platform Netflix hence has decided to reduce the quality of its streaming in the sub-continent. 

According to a spokesperson of the streaming giant Netflix it will reduce bit rates for the video streams in Europe for 30 days that would affect the picture quality or smoothness and buffering speed of the shows. "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 from the spokesperson added.

European Union official Thierry Breton informed on Twitter that she has called content providers to skip high resolution and switch to standard definition feeds to aid better working of the network preventing a breakdown duw to overloaded.


Netflix, however, has nor clarified if the bitrate reduction will be applied to other areas such as North America or India as well where people are asked to stay at home in self-quarantine to tackle the coronavirus pandemic with ease. 

Meanwhile Netizens who are finding only recourse in the virtual worlds slammed the steaming giant for cutting the streaming quality. 

Also Read: Coronavirus Shutdown: Movies, Web Series You Can Binge On To Kill Time

Telecoms giant Vodafone and social media stalwart Mark Zuckerberg also reported a surge in use of Internet and the platform to stay connected with friends and colleagues amidst lockdown. Among all the European countries, Italy is the worst hit country, with a reported death of 475 people yesterday, succumbing to the coronavirus.

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First Published : 20 Mar 2020, 02:02:15 PM

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