Exclusive: YouTube to reduce streaming quality in Europe due to coronavirus

Alphabet Inc's YouTube said on Friday it will reduce its streaming quality

Curated via Twitter from Reuters Tech News’s twitter account….

O) YouTube said on Friday it will reduce its streaming quality in the European Union to avoid straining the internet as thousands of Europeans, constrained by the coronavirus outbreak, switch to teleworking and watch videos at home.

It said so far it had only seen a few usage peaks but decided to act to minimise stress on the system. “We are making a commitment to temporarily switch all traffic in the EU to standard definition by default,” the company said in a statement.

O) to act after EU industry chief Thierry Breton urged streaming platforms to cut the quality of their videos to prevent internet gridlock.

DE), have reported a spike in data traffic in recent days, forcing Breton to issue his pre-emptive call before the internet breaks down.

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