It has been proven that the spread of the dreaded Coronavirus epidemic could be checked is through social isolation. China practised it well and European countries are now adopting social isolation in addition to great hygiene in their bid to curb the spread of the Coronavirus epidemic what has presently killed far more persons in Italy than it did in China.
Hence, in order to avoid internet disruption, European Union officials recently enjoined streaming platforms to reduce the quality of their videos so as to reduce the strain on Europe’s infrastructure. There were reports of a spike in information, traffic by a lot of carriers across the continent like well as in North America.
In line with this directive, popular streaming platforms Netflix and YouTube have both noted targets to lower the quality of their videos across the board. Netflix initial noted that it would only stream videos in standard good quality like it plays part in ensuring families grounded at home could still keep up with their favourites movies without having any service disruption.
YouTube has equally announced a same move to stream videos in standard good quality. The move is restricted to Europe as the continent battles the COVID-19 outbreak. In a statement launched by the technology company, it disclosed that it is “making a commitment to temporarily switch all traffic in the EU to regular definition by default.” Hence, if you are in Europe and announce a drop in video good quality without having the setup of increasing the quality, this is the reason why.netflix
The shift is a temporary measure which we believe will be in place until the social isolation efforts yield the desired achievement. That is, the number of fresh COVID-19 cases and deaths drop significantly.