Published: Tue, March 24, 2020
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Facebook to cut video streaming quality in virus-hit Europe

Facebook to cut video streaming quality in virus-hit Europe

He added that if advertising was also taken off, it would lead to some revenue loss, for sure, but would help telecom service providers to cope with the "growing surge" in data demand. Other streaming services follow the Netflix model.

"Following discussion between Netflix and the Communications Ministry and in view of the extraordinary challenges raised by the coronavirus, we have chose to reduce broadband rates in all of our servers in Israel for 30 days", said a spokesperson for Netflix.

Disney's streaming service is due to launch in the United Kingdom and key markets in Europe on March 24. The entertainment giant plans to limit the streaming quality of its content for the next 30 days for users in Europe.

It said that in response to a request from the European Union last week, it tested and developed a way to reduce Netflix's traffic by 25% while maintaining the full range of video resolutions. "Our video streaming is based on Adaptive Bitrate Streaming, which ensures that we are lean in internet consumption", the spokesperson added.

This does not change the choice of streaming quality for Netflix subscribers.

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On the other hand, some movies will directly have its highest quality option greyed out for the moment, for example, 720p movies will get downgraded to 480p quality. Nevertheless, with higher quality selected, there may be slight, visible smears at the moment.

When it finally arrives in India, Disney + Hotstar will compete with Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and local OTT platforms like ALTBalaji and Zee5.

President Trump and government officials are expected to evaluate the coronavirus situation and the social-distancing order at the end of the 15-day period.

Are you interested in one Disney + subscription? The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has now written to 12 streaming services regarding measures that can be taken to ensure smooth video streaming and also addressed the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) urging the government to issue advisories on this issue. Disney+ is launching in Europe tomorrow, but will do so with video quality lower than initially planned.

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