Netflix and YouTube to Reduce Video Quality in Europe so the Internet Doesn't Break

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The coronavirus pandemic has left millions around the world staying indoors.

To curb the influx of users, Netflix and YouTube will reduce streaming quality in Europe for at least a month, reported CNN. This will prevent the internet from collapsing as many stream movies and TV shows during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Both companies said by doing this, it will affect streaming for 30 days.

"We estimate that this will reduce Netflix traffic on European networks by around 25% while also ensuring a good quality service for our members," a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement.

A spokesperson for Google, who owns YouTube, released a statement. "We will continue working with member state governments and network operators to minimize stress on the system, while also delivering a good user experience," the statement read.

European Commissioner Theirry Breton tweeted that he would speak to Netflix’s boss Reed Hastings. "To secure Internet access for all, let's #SwitchToStandard definition when HD is not necessary," Breton wrote.

CNN reported that Breton said streaming platforms "all have a joint responsibility to take steps to ensure the smooth functioning of the internet during the battle against the virus propagation."

A Netflix spokesperson said reducing the quality may mean some users "see a reduction in perceptible video quality," while others won’t notice anything.

Breton said this action will reduce traffic on Netflix in European networks by around 25%.

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