Coronavirus slows down Netflix, Youtube in Europe: Is India next?

The Hush Post | 7:46 pm | One-minute read |

While governments world over are making calls for social distancing, more and more people are staying back home. Hundreds of millions are working from home and even more children are out of school. And these people are availing services of entertainment platforms like Netflix and Youtube. These platforms have witnessed unprecedented usage, putting internet under extreme pressure.

,Fearing internet collapse, Netflix and YouTube have decided to reduce streaming quality in Europe. The quality reduction will be put in place for at least a month.  The measure will affect all video streams for 30 days.

“We estimate that this will reduce Netflix traffic on European networks by around 25% while also ensuring a good quality service for our members,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Google, which owns YouTube, said: “We will continue working with member state governments and network operators to minimize stress on the system, while also delivering a good user experience.”

Youtube and Netflix have taken the step following appeals from EU officials to prevent the internet from breaking. As many countries are on forced lockdowns to fight the spread of coronavirus, officials are concerned about the huge strain on the internet.

According to a report, video content accounts for over 60% of data delivered from internet providers to consumers. While Netflix accounts for just under 12% of total traffic, Google traffic, driven by YouTube, accounts for another 12%.

However, while there has been a sharp increase in internet usage, no outages or adverse effects have so far been reported.

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