YouTube reduces video quality across the world for an entire month

  • YouTube
  • Thursday, 26 Mar 2020

YouTube sets all videos to play in standard definition worldwide. — AFP Relaxnews

A report indicates that YouTube will play all videos worldwide in standard definition by default for a month.

As of March 24, Alphabet's Google-owned company YouTube programmed all video content to play in standard definition unless otherwise manually selected by a user. According to Bloomberg, which reported the news, this is being done in an effort to "ease Internet traffic during the coronavirus outbreak".

As more and more people across the world either choose to or are ordered by their governments to stay at home to reduce the spread of Covid-19, streaming services have been experiencing a surge in usage. The company revealed to Bloomberg that "while YouTube viewing has historically spiked in the evening when people are off work, consumption is now more steady across the day."

The change follows in the footsteps of changes that were already implemented in Europe, where regulators have already requested that major streaming services reduce their bandwidth usage; Netflix and Amazon Prime Video in the continent were among those affected by the policy change.

Google said in a statement that "We continue to work closely with governments and network operators around the globe to do our part to minimise stress on the system during this unprecedented situation." Though it's expected that this adjustment will last for a month, it's possible that it will continue longer as the pandemic continues to keep people at home. – AFP Relaxnews

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3



Did you find this article insightful?


100% readers found this article insightful

Next In Tech News

SAIC Motor, an early adopter of the smart car, sets up US$1bil fund to invest in Internet-linked vehicles with Alibaba
Greece puts faith in online schooling
PDRM: Fake Bank Negara apps and websites cost victims RM5.2mil in losses
Amazon unions from Brazil to Germany plan Black Friday protests
Black Friday offers beacon of hope to struggling US stores
Man Utd working with cyber agency after ‘disruptive’ attack
Dating apps see matches bloom in India
US teens develop sanitising drone to help clean school during pandemic
UK to launch new watchdog next year to police tech giants
Trump is losing Twitter followers every day after losing the election

Stories You'll Enjoy