We have already seen some incredible numbers in games player base records, mainly due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The virus has forced everyone to stay home, and people cannot stop playing games and watch Netflix all day. Today, CNN reported that Netflix has agreed to reduce the bit rate of all its channels available in Europe.
This decision was taken into consideration after very heavy usage of Netflix in these past few weeks. An EU Official asked Netflix users to limit their usage, and afterward, this action was taken. The usage is so high that it can disrupt the Internet’s stability. EU Commissioner Thierry Breton said in a statement “all have a joint responsibility to take steps to ensure the smooth functioning of the internet during the battle against the virus propagation.”
“I welcome the very prompt action that Netflix has taken to preserve the smooth functioning of the Internet during the Covid-19 crisis while maintaining a good experience for users,” Breton said.
Quality to be reduced by 25%
Netflix has various streaming options for its users, these include normal, HD, and 4K Streams. The company will reduce the bit rate of all streams, which will result in quality reduction of 25 percent. A Netflix rep said it’ll ensure “good quality service for our members,”. However, some users might face “a reduction in perceptible video quality.”
Too much internet is being consumed by Netflix users.
According to many sources, Netflix was responsible for 12.6 percent of downstream data volume in half of 2019. Furthermore, their normal stream takes up to 700mb per hour, and 3GB data is spent on HD. Their highest quality channel called Ultra HD consumes more than 7GB per hour. If you multiply these numbers into millions of users in a European Country, you could imagine the internet consumption. Despite CNN saying that Netflix has agreed to EU’s request, there is no official announcement from Netflix yet.
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