As people continue to stay at home in order to combat the Coronavirus pandemic, this is causing a strain on internet services providers. People are now active on the internet more than ever causing constraints on Internet speed. YouTube had already limited streaming quality in Europe but the measure is now applying everyone worldwide.
In the coming days, videos will start playing by default in Standard Definition which is a 480p resolution according to Bloomberg. This will go on for a month but users can still manually change video resolutions to Full HD and 4k resolutions.
Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+ and Netflix have taken measures to limit streaming quality in Europe while Sony has also announced it will be limiting download speed on its PlayStation network.
“We continue to work closely with governments and network operators around the globe to do our part to minimize stress on the system during this unprecedented situation,” says Google in a statement.
YouTube normally controls streaming quality based on a user’s internet speed; if a user has a strong connection, all videos are played based on the last set resolution. Unlike streaming music, watching videos on the internet consumes a lot of data and requires more internet bandwidth.
Traffic is expected to soar on streaming services as people spend more time at home in order to curb the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.