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Technology YouTube is reportedly reducing streaming quality due to coronavirus

13:00  20 march  2020
13:00  20 march  2020 Source:   cnet.com

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YouTube is the second company after Netflix (O:NFLX) to act after EU industry chief Thierry Breton urged streaming platforms to cut the quality of their videos to prevent internet gridlock. Videos account for a substantial part of internet traffic data. The move came after Breton spoke to Alphabet CEO

Alphabet Inc's YouTube said on Friday it will reduce its streaming quality in the European Union to avoid straining the internet as thousands of Europeans, constrained by the coronavirus outbreak, switch YouTube is the second company after Netflix (NFLX.O) to act after EU industry chief Thierry

YouTube is following Netflix's lead in cutting the quality of its video streaming from high definition to standard in the European Union, Reuters reported Friday, as the bloc's leaders try to reduce strain on the internet during the coronavirus outbreak.

a close up of a metal fence: YouTube is cutting its streaming quality to standard definition in the European Union. Angela Lang/CNET © Provided by CNET YouTube is cutting its streaming quality to standard definition in the European Union. Angela Lang/CNET

European Commissioner Thierry Breton called on streaming services to switch to standard definition "when HD is not necessary" on Thursday.

"I warmly welcome the initiative that Google takes to preserve the smooth functioning of the internet during the COVID-19 crisis by having YouTube switch all EU traffic to SD by default," he wrote Friday, citing Reuters.

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YouTube is the second company after Netflix (O:NFLX) to act after EU industry chief Thierry Breton urged streaming platforms to cut the quality of their videos to prevent internet gridlock. Videos account for a substantial part of internet traffic data. The move came after Breton spoke to Alphabet CEO

it will reduce its streaming quality in the European Union to avoid straining the internet as thousands of Europeans, constrained by the coronavirus YouTube is the second company after Netflix (O:NFLX) to act after EU industry chief Thierry Breton urged streaming platforms to cut the quality of

YouTube, which is owned by Google, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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