Following news earlier today that the European Union had urged Netflix to throttle its streaming in order to preserve Internet bandwidth, the BBC now reports that Netflix will in fact slow down streaming speeds for 30 days in Europe. The change is expected to reduce bandwidth requirements by 25% and help the Internet cope with increased demand.
(Editor’s note: This is a perfect excuse to revisit your disc-based movie collection… it saves bandwidth)
The coronavirus pandemic is serving as a stress test for the Internet as people adjust to working from home as well as entertaining themselves at home. Netflix consumes over 10% of global Internet bandwidth, so a surge in use has a noticeable impact on the entire network.
According to CNN Business, European Commissioner Thierry Breton has recommended that subscribers “Switch to standard definition when HD is not necessary” – read more here.