Netflix says it will reduce streaming quality in Europe for at least the next one month to prevent the internet from breaking under the strain of unusual usage due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The EU is particularly concerned about the huge strain on internet bandwidth, as many countries are on forced lockdowns to fight the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, with hundreds of millions working from home and more kids staying off school.
In a tweet on Wednesday, European Commissioner, Thierry Breton disclosed that he had spoken with Netflix CEO, Reed Hastings.
Important phone conversation with @ReedHastings, CEO of @Netflix— Thierry Breton (@ThierryBreton) March 18, 2020
To beat #COVID19, we #StayAtHome
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.
Breton has also called on individuals and companies to ” Switch to ‘Standard definition’ when HD is not necessary” to ensure smooth functioning and secure internet access for all.