Netflix removes high bandwidth streams to meet increased demand
As per Netflix officials, the decision has been taken to control traffic so that more users can avail the service.
In a statement, Netflix stated that everyone has a responsibility in time of global crisis.
“We are living through a global crisis, and we all have a responsibility to help where we can. Last week, the European Union asked companies like Netflix, Amazon and YouTube to ensure that we are using telecommunications networks as efficiently as possible given the unprecedented demand they are facing,” the statement read.
“We immediately developed, tested and deployed a way to reduce Netflix’s traffic on these networks by 25%. Our members have asked what this means in terms of video quality. Put simply the action we’ve taken maintains the full range of video resolutions. So whether you paid for Ultra-High Definition (UHD), High Definition (HD), or Standard Definition (SD), that is what you should continue to get (depending on the device you are using).”
In Europe, for the next 30 days, within each category Netflix has removed the highest bandwidth streams.
“If you are particularly tuned into video quality you may notice a very slight decrease in quality within each resolution. But you will still get the video quality you paid for,” the statement added.