The European Union is calling on all streaming video platforms and services to lower and limit the quality of their videos to try to control bandwidth consumption, given the huge demand stemming from the increasingly present quarantines in the home. And it is that with several million users trying to pass the hours with the help of Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, HBO or YouTube, there were already many who were beginning to notice certain interferences and drops in the speed of their Internet.
Thus, to the already confirmed presence of Netflix, which estimated that this reduction in the bit rates of all its transmissions in Europe will reduce the saturation of traffic on networks by approximately 25%; YouTube is now joining, whose move to standard (or SD) quality streaming should also lead to a noticeable reduction in Internet load across Europe.
However, this is a temporary measure for the next 30 days, and will not imply in any case the inability to access any of these videos in high quality, although these will now necessarily be reduced to a maximum SD or HD quality, according to the platform.
However, it is a measure that continues to surprise in our country, where the main local Internet providers had already predicted this scenario and increased traffic, without any having expressed the need to take measures in the face of this possible excess load.
And it is, in fact, I myself have been consuming a few series of Netflix during the last days, in maximum quality, without having noticed any change or malfunction.
On the other hand, many users are now wondering if these payment platforms will take any measure to “return” this proportional part of their subscription, given that although the European Union has decreed this new limitation, they continue to pay for this content.