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Tech & Science Disney Plus commits to reducing streaming quality in Europe, delays launch in France

19:05  22 march  2020
19:05  22 march  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Disney will delay the release of its Disney Plus streaming service in France in accordance with government requests, Reuters is reporting. New subscribers in those regions will see a reduced quality in streaming , however, when the service launches .

(Reuters) - The launch of Walt Disney 's streaming services in France will be delayed by two weeks at the request of the French government, the According to the statement, Disney had agreed to a European Union request for streaming -video providers to "ensure the smooth functioning of the

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Disney will delay the release of its Disney Plus streaming service in France in accordance with government requests, Reuters is reporting.

The streaming service, which was supposed to launch on March 24th, will instead reportedly launch the week of April 7th, according to Disney. That’s two weeks after it was initially set, and two weeks after other European markets will get the streaming service. Disney has not said if people in other countries set to receive Disney Plus, including the UK, will face delays.

New subscribers in those regions will see a reduced quality in streaming, however, when the service launches. Disney will “lower our overall bandwidth utilization by at least 25 percent in all of the markets launching Disney Plus on March 24th,” according to Kevin Mayer, head of Disney’s direct-to-consumer division. Other streaming platforms, including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV Plus, and YouTube have also committed to reducing video playback streams in order to lessen broadband strain.

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Disney said it will cut Disney Plus ' overall bandwidth usage 25% at launch in multiple European countries, and postponed the French debut. Disney Plus to Cut Bandwidth Use by 25% for Europe Launch , Debut in France Delayed .

The Walt Disney Company confirmed today that it will reduce the streaming quality of Disney + when it launches in the EU market on March 24. The move is in response to a request by European Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton to help minimize strain on internet networks in the

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