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Coronavirus Takes Away 4K: Netflix Lowers Streaming Quality in Europe to Save Bandwidth

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The move came after talks between European Union industry chief Thierry Breton and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings.

  • Reuters
  • Last Updated: March 20, 2020, 8:38 AM IST
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Netflix said on Thursday it would reduce its bit rates across all its streams in Europe, in effect cutting traffic on its European networks by 25% to preserve the smooth functioning of the internet during the coronavirus crisis.

The move came after talks between European Union industry chief Thierry Breton and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. Breton had a day earlier urged the video streaming service to downgrade the quality of its video to avoid internet gridlock.

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