The world is grappling with the Coronavirus pandemic and over thousands of workers all across the world have started to work from home to avoid the curb of COVID-19. To that end, Netflix and Facebook announced recently that they would be restricting the amount of data that their platforms are using in order to avoid network congestion in India.

As reported by Reuters, Netflix will be bringing down the traffic over Indian telecom networks by 25% in the next 30 days. While Facebook stated that it would be temporarily reducing bit rates, or degrade the picture quality, for videos on Facebook and Instagram in India. And now that Indian government has announced a lockdown for the next 21 days, people would be relying even more on these platforms as a source of entertainment.

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Apart from India, Facebook also recently announced that it’s going to bring down the video-streaming quality, both on its platform and Instagram in Europe. The company obliged with EU’s industry chief, Thierry Breton’s request that all the streaming platforms should drop down their video streaming quality to make more bandwidth available for healthcare and to avail distance learning for thousands of children.

Facebook reduced the bit rates for videos on Instagram and Facebook both in Europe as well. Netflix and Youtube have also degraded the quality of its video streams to reduce the overall stress being put on Internet infrastructure. In Europe, YouTube and Amazon also announced that they’re going to degrade the video stream quality to mitigate additional burden on the web.

 

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