Netflix to reduce video quality in Malaysia from March 31


Users may notice a slight decrease in picture quality as Netflix announces measures to reduce its bandwidth consumption by 25% in Malaysia. — AFP Relaxnews

Netflix will be tweaking the quality of its High Definition (HD) and Ultra High Definition (UHD) content as part of its efforts to decrease overall network traffic by 25% in Malaysia.

The measure will take place today (March 31) and will continue for the next 30 days, according to the video streaming service.

A spokesperson said that customers paying to stream content in HD or UHD will still be able to view videos in those resolutions, but they may experience a slight decrease in picture quality.

"We have many different streams for each single title within each resolution. If you are particularly tuned into video quality, you may notice a very slight decrease in quality within each resolution," the spokesperson said.

The measure will not affect content that viewers have downloaded to watch offline, as users will still be able view the videos in the highest quality, according to the spokesperson.

Since the movement control order (MCO) period came into effect on March 18, the Malaysia Internet Exchange (MyIX) stated it has recorded the highest peak for Internet traffic – 532Gbps (gigabits per second) compared to 500Gbps last year. Netflix declined to share any data on viewership trends in Malaysia during MCO.

Netflix added that the measure to reduce its bandwidth consumption is being implemented in Malaysia proactively and that it has not received any requests from authorities or Internet service providers (ISP).

"We just want to make sure viewers can still get the best of experience and at the same time, be responsible to reduce Internet traffic in Malaysia,” the spokesperson said.

“We will continue to check with our stakeholders such as the government and ISPs to see whether they have further feedback for us."

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

Movement Control Order

   

Next In Tech News

SPAC tied to Trump's social media venture receives regulatory inquiries
S’pore team turning cockroaches into life-saving cyborg bugs at disaster sites
Russian bans for tech giants is last resort, Interfax reports
Exclusive-SEC probes Tesla over whistleblower claims on solar panel defects
Exclusive-Uber in talks with Mideast unit over outside investment - sources
Decentralised finance for cryptoassets built on an illusion, says BIS
EV maker Lucid gets SEC subpoena on $24-billion blank-check deal
EU regulators pause investigation into Nvidia, ARM deal
TikTok owner ByteDance ramps up e-commerce expansion with launch of Fanno shopping app in Europe
Delivery Hero thwarted again in attempt to buy a Saudi rival

Others Also Read


Vouchers