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Coronavirus, Netflix will reduce the quality of the streaming to avoid overloads on the network

Netflix has announced that for 30 days it will reduce the quality of streaming in Europe, in order to avoid overloads on Internet networks, since in these days of coronavirus emergency, many more users than normal are connected from home due to the measures taken by various nations to contain coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).

As stated by the company, the move is expected to reduce traffic from its European platform by 25%, while offering "a quality service" to users.

Technically it is a question of reducing the so-called bitrate (broadly: the amount of data transmitted in a given time interval). The decision was needed after the European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, Thierry Breton, asked streaming platforms like Netflix to broadcast in standard quality and not in high resolution, in order to "allow everyone to access the internet. ”, Without congesting the networks.

Coronavirus, Netflix will reduce the quality of the streaming to avoid overloads on the network

"Following talks between Commissioner Thierry Breton and Reed Hastings (CEO of Netflix, NDR) and because of the extraordinary challenges posed by the coronavirus, Netflix has decided to reduce the bit rate across Europe for the next 30 days, a spokesman said of the company, further explaining that the company estimates that Netflix's data traffic in Europe will be reduced by 25 percent but that good quality of service for subscribers will still be ensured.

It is difficult to understand what will happen to 4K subscriptions: will the bandwidth be reduced proportionally or will they be cut entirely to bring them to HD? And the same thing will happen for HD subscriptions?

With the coronavirus emergency in progress, internet connections are under pressure: many more people find themselves playing games, watching streaming movies and constantly exploiting the network. A few days ago, Luigi Gubitosi, CEO of Telecom, reported that the company recorded an increase of more than 70% of internet traffic on the fixed network ", with a substantial contribution given by online games.

Playback of TV shows or movies on Netflix uses approximately 0.7 GB of data per hour for each standard definition (non-HD) video stream and up to 3 GB per hour for each HD video stream, while the 4K transmissions travel at 7GB.

It is already possible to reduce the quality of the service yourself by setting a lower bitrate in your Netflix profile: just go to "My profile", from here select the Playback settings and choose one of the least demanding items such as Low (minimum video quality , up to 0.3 GB per hour per device) or Medium (standard video quality, up to 0.7 GB per hour per device).


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