Netflix to Slow Streaming During Pandemic?
We know that with more and more people working from home, staying socially distant aka hanging at home rather than at theaters, bars, restaurants and games, a lot of people are catching up on their favorite shows, binging new shows, and spending unprecedented amounts of time streaming.
And because of that, experts are saying the internet is currently strained from unprecedented usage during the coronavirus pandemic. So much so that the European Union is urging Netflix and other streaming platforms to help them out.
CNN Business says that the EU is pushing many streaming services to stop showing video in high definition in an effort to keep the internet from breaking under the strain of its bandwidth.
European Commissioner Thierry Breton tweeted Wednesday that he had spoken with Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and is encouraging companies to "#SwitchtoStandard definition when HD is not necessary."
A Netflix spokesperson said, "Commissioner Breton is right to highlight the importance of ensuring that the internet continues to run smoothly during this critical time. We've been focused on network efficiency for many years, including providing our open connect service for free to telecommunications companies."
First off, I didn't know the internet had a limit to usage. Isn't it just.. unlimited?! What's the limit, and how close are we to reaching it?! How do we even switch our Netflix from Hi-def to standard streaming? How much would that even help, if at all?
In a time where Netflix was supposed to be our safe haven from all that's happening in the world, that too is now threatened.