According to foreign media reports, YouTube will reduce the definition of videos worldwide. The company ’s decision is to ease Internet congestion during the outbreak of the new coronavirus phenomenon.
The company said that in the next few days, users will find that when YouTube videos start playing, the default definition will become standard definition. If users want to watch high-definition videos, they can still improve the definition of the video manually.
For example, YouTube, which is owned by Alphabet, has previously established this policy in Europe, and this time the company has extended this policy to a global scale.
Previously, European regulators required major streaming video companies to reduce their bandwidth usage. In addition to YouTube, these companies include Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.
The use of streaming services has surged in the past few weeks as hundreds of millions of people have stayed home to avoid the epidemic.
The company said that although YouTube usage will increase significantly after work in the evening, people’s usage will remain at a high level for most of the day.
Compared to services such as music, messaging, or maps, streaming video consumes more internet bandwidth due to the larger files being transferred.
Research by Sandvine, a network analysis agency, shows that last year, Google was the world’s highest consumer of network traffic, followed by Netflix. Sandvine said last week that YouTube traffic has recently picked up again.
Earlier, YouTube has introduced a feature that automatically adjusts the sharpness of videos based on the speed of the user’s Internet connection.
YouTube said that they do not think that the world’s internet bandwidth will be consumed in a short time, but due to growing government-level concerns, the company will still take proactive measures.
Google said in a statement: “We will continue to work closely with governments and network providers around the world to do our part in an unprecedented situation to minimize pressure on the system.”
Source: IT Home