Netflix to reduce stream quality in Europe amid coronavirus isolation

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Netflix is planning to reduce its streaming quality after subscribers have turned to binge-watching their favourite shows during the coronavirus outbreak.

Prime minster Boris Johnson recently urged the public to stay indoors as much as they can while warning them away from pubs, bars and theatres, reports Metro. But this has led the the obvious extra broadband demand leading to EU’s European Commissioner for internal market, Thierry Breton, calling for people to switch from high definition to standard.

Breton has since praised the decision, adding, “Social distancing measures to fight the coronavirus lead to increased demand for internet capacity be it for teleworking, e-learning or entertainment purposes. I welcome the very prompt action that Netflix has taken to preserve the smooth functioning of the Internet during the Covid-19 crisis while maintaining a good experience for users.”

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