Due to the coronavirus outbreak worldwide, people are staying home. As it spreads from person to person, so people are staying home and maintaining social distancing. Curfew has been imposed in India, so all the citizens are staying at home. So, now with the more people staying at home and watching the streaming contents than ever before- YouTube shall thank the coronavirus, of course. Not only YouTube, but the other sites like Netflix and Amazon Prime have also lowered their video quality for 30 days to lessen the burden on the Internet providers in Europe.
Another news coming up which says that a similar measure as being taken in the United States and all over the world. In this move that should not come as much of a surprise to anyone, but youtube is going to start lowering the video quality for the users across the users. Although the videos will play in a standard definition, also the users will retain the option to switch over to the HD mode if they so choose. Therefore, the users will be enjoying the video in its standard quality most of the time. Google has confirmed this by talking to the news channel and said that they will continue to work closely with the governments and the network operators around the world to do their part and will minimize the stress being put on the system during this unprecedented situation.
This lowered video quality screen on the YouTube videos will be imposed for the next 30 days. Meanwhile, in the ideal situation, the coronavirus will be under control at the point, the lockdowns have been imposed lifted, and so there will be no need for the YouTube to keep their video quality artificially low for the time.
Although the very famous content site, Netflix became the first site to lower down the quality of its streams, this decision has been made at the behest of the regulators who wanted to ensure the integrity and its structure along with the data of how much internet has remained intact. Now we can consider that YouTube is following the footsteps of Netflix and is the second site who is lowering its streaming quality across the globe, but there is no indication that such a move will be going to happen soon, but will definitely happen.
At this point, the Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said during a recent interview that Netflix would probably comply with the regulator requests in any country. Or we can say that unless or otherwise asked, Netflix might not make any changes to its video quality. However, Netflix has started to reduce the bitrate on the videos which have been shown and served up to the subscribers in India and Australia from today only. Netflix executives have said that the lower quality streams in the countries and will persist for around thirty days, to lessen the burden on the internet providers.
There is a piece of good news that Netflix’s compression is no doubt the best in the business, this has been noticed because it is to say that the users in impacted countries will really not going to notice the degradation in the quality of the videos. In a statement, an employee of Netflix, Ken Florance says that given the crisis, Netflix has developed a way to reduce the traffic coming towards Netflix daily on the telecommunications networks by 25% also meanwhile maintaining the quality of the service. Therefore, the consumers should get the quality which is coming with the plan, whether Netflix’s Ultra-High, High or the standard Definition. The same remains with YouTube.