30.3.2020 | After Netflix, Facebook and Instagram will also reduce video quality
Videos make up a lot of internet traffic, and at the moment when people spend most of their time at home because of coronavirus, they overload it even more. Network traffic is particularly noticeable in the evening when they watch videos most often, which can cause connectivity problems in some places. That is why the European Union called on Netflix and YouTube last week to start streaming SD-quality videos and to limit HD to just the necessary cases. Both companies complied with the request and are now joined by another Internet giant. Facebook has spoken through its spokesman that it will reduce the quality of videos in Europe. “We see increased traffic. We are working with our partners to handle any network bandwidth problem and ensure that people can use Facebook services without downtime, ”the spokesman said. The company has not yet specified how much quality reduction we can expect. However, it is likely that most Facebook and Instagram users will not notice a change at all, and the difference will only be noticeable with quality videos.