Google wants to reduce bandwidth usage in Europe due to covid-19, will stop at YouTube video playback in high definition.
According to Reuters, Google announced that YouTube will stop offering high-definition video to Europe for as long as the covid-19 pandemic lasts. The restrictive measure lies in the company's effort to reduce bandwidth usage and avoid internet overload on the old continent.
Europe is now virtually plagued by the covid-19 pandemic, and a majority of its countries this week called on a large portion of workers to continue working from home.
Thus, internet usage has increased and some online products, including Microsoft software, are struggling to stay connected due to the large number of connections. and teleconferencing. Facebook also confirmed that WhatsApp was experiencing issues due to the increase in traffic, with the company doubling the number of servers to cover the messaging service.
European Union industry leader Thierry Breton called for a reduction in the quality of his videos YouTube and similarly to other streaming companies, in an effort to avoid internet outages. Google is one of the first companies to make the claim.
However until the time of writing this article the YouTube also shows videos with resolutions such as 2160p-HD, 1440p-HD, 1080p-HD and 720p-HD.
A corresponding announcement of quality reduction is expected to be made by Netflix.