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YouTube also lowers streaming quality in EU for many homeworkers

YouTube is temporarily reducing the quality of streamed videos in the European Union, Reuters reported Friday. YouTube wants to prevent that the Internet crashes are caused by the outbreak of coronavirus many people telecommute and video streaming.

YouTube is temporarily reducing the quality of streamed videos in the European Union, Reuters reported Friday. YouTube wants to prevent that the Internet crashes are caused by the outbreak of coronavirus many people telecommute and video streaming.

YouTube said the platform so far only a few use peaks had seen, but decided to act to minimize stress on the system. “We turn all the traffic in the EU temporarily to standard definition,” the company said in a statement.

YouTube videos are now standard playback in SD, but users can customize the resolution currently own still increasing in the video settings.

Commissioner Thierry Breton (Internal Market) called streaming services on Wednesday to reduce HD to SD quality videos. Videos with standard definition are not as detailed or sharp videos in high definition.

Netflix also responded to the call, from Thursday the video streaming service reduces the bitrate for streamed videos across Europe. Netflix estimates that the measure provides for 25 percent less traffic.

The providers KPN and T-Mobile VodafoneZiggo see an increase in data usage, but still does not lead to problems, they told to NU.nl. Data traffic has increased after the government last week in connection with the coronavirus called to work under more at home if possible.

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