According to reports ReutersYouTube has announced today that it will reduce your image quality in the European Union in order to avoid saturating the Internet. It is the second large platform, after Netflix yesterdayin taking similar measures, and comes after the request of the European Union of reduce the image quality to the tension that you are suffering community networks.
According to the agency, Thierry Breton, commissioner for the Internal Market, spoke with Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet, and Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTubeafter that they decided to present. Previously, Breton had already told on Twitter that he had spoken with Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix, who yesterday praised by the measure of reducing the bitrate, which have been taken from the giant of the streaming.
YouTube will change by default all traffic to standard definition
Reuters reports that the company had noticed a few peaks of usebut that “decided today to minimize the stress in the system”. Also, this is the release YouTube regarding the measure:
“We are committed to temporarily shift all traffic from the EU to the standard definition by default”.
In The New York Times the news has been expanded, and a spokesperson has stated that the decision has been taken for a period of 30 days, and will affect Regino United. As in the past with Netflix, Breton also grateful for the measure:
“I warmly welcome the initiative that Google has taken to preserve the good functioning of the Internet during the crisis of COVID19”
I warmly 👍🏻 the initiative that #Google takes to preserve the smooth functioning of the Internet during the #COVID19 crisis by having #YouTube switch all 🇪🇺 traffic to SD by default. @sundarpichai and @SusanWojcicki demonstrate strong responsibility.https://t.co/jMNhFFpsxa
— Thierry Breton (@ThierryBreton) March 20, 2020
In Spain, the effect of these days of confinement has become very palpable in the traffic of fixed and mobile networks, as the own operators have been confirmed. Faced with this situation, the European Union has expressed its fear that the situation ends up collapsing the Internet, as there are already many countries with all citizens in their homes.
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