Netflix has come forward to help the internet service providers in Europe as they struggle with the increased network strain due to coronavirus outbreak. Coronavirus has become a global threat posing severe measures being taken by governments to curb the damage to human lives. As governments take preventive measures, social isolation and complete lockdowns are being adopted in many countries.
Netflix to curb its traffic in Europe by lowering the playback resolution
Europe, which seems worst hit by the virus after China, is observing complete lockdown within all the institutions and offices. The Shelter in Place orders has resulted in a significant strain on the internet as most people work from home. Internet service providers have a tough time managing the increased load.
Increased strain on networks due to Work from Home
Most people are locked inside their homes and using the internet not only for work but also for binge-watching series and movies on the various streaming platform. It increases the load on the network, Netflix has come ahead and said that it would curb its traffic up to 25 percent to relieve the providers of the stress on the network.
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Netflix, the largest streaming platform to cut traffic
Netflix is seemingly the largest and most viewed streaming platform that offers on-demand video content to users across the world. The company has already created a strategy to reduce traffic in Italy and Spain to 25 percent. The company said that it would do the same in the other countries of Europe within two days.
High-Resolution streams to be removed
The top broadband streams will be removed from the platform in each resolution category for the next month. Thus, users will see it reduces video quality. The content playback would be in lower resolutions, thus relieving the network from excessive load.
The company announced in a Statement
“Our goal is simple: to maintain the quality of service for our members while supporting ISPs who are facing an unprecedented strain on their networks,”
Netflix also said that the other networks would work on the standard procedures unless “until and unless they experience issues of their own.”
European Union Urged Streaming Platforms to lower resolution to help cut network load
European Union has asked the streaming platforms this week to cut down on video resolution to relieve the networks from the unprecedented strain due to the coronavirus outbreak crisis.