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YouTube and Amazon Prime are following Netflix by reducing streaming quality in Europe to prevent traffic overload in face of coronavirus pandemic

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YouTube and Amazon both said Friday they would reduce the quality of their streams in Europe to deal with the influx of internet traffic amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The two companies’ announcements follow a move taken by Netflix after requests to do so by the European Union’s industry chief to prevent traffic overload.
Internet traffic has grew significantly worldwide in recent weeks as millions of people follow orders to work from home and stay inside to stymie to spread of coronavirus.
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YouTube and Amazon Prime are joining Netflix in reducing their platform’s streaming quality in order to deal with the onslaught of internet traffic, as millions of people are spending more time online and at home during the coronavirus outbreak.

Both video services said Friday they had agreed to switch their streams default to a lower standard-definition quality by default, Reuters first reported. The move follows a request by European Union commissioner Thierry Breton that streaming platforms reduce their traffic in order to accomodate the increase of internet use worldwise.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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