Half the world population are in houses due to the corona virus. Millions of people are working from home. Those who are home are spending their time watching videos online and playing games. In the meantime, the European Union has asked platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video streaming to stop showing videos in high definition (HD) quality, otherwise users may have problems with the internet outage.
In a tweet, European Commissioner Thierry Breton said that all UK companies should do video streaming in standard definition (SD) quality for a few days. Thierry has made this tweet on the basis of a conversation with CEO Reed Hastings for Netflix.
Teleworking & streaming help a lot but infrastructures might be in strain.
To secure Internet access for all, let’s #SwitchToStandard definition when HD is not necessary.
— Thierry Breton (@ThierryBreton) March 18, 2020
He used #SwitchtoStandard and said that it should be discontinued when HD is not necessary. After the tweet, a Netflix spokesperson told CNN Business that Hastings and Breton will again talk on the issue on Thursday.
“Commissioner Breton is right to ensure that the internet runs smoothly at this critical time,”” a Netflix spokesperson said. “We have focused on network efficiency for many years, including providing our open connect service to telecom companies. Netflix has said that it has already adjusted the video quality so that people get good video quality even at low bandwidth.
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