The European Union has been in the talks with Netflix and other streaming platforms to temporarily stop showing shows in HD or high definition. This is to prevent the “internet from breaking” because of what I may assume is a humungous amount of usage due to the coronavirus where everyone remains at home.
There are so many countries right now that are on lockdown so as to fight against the spread of the pandemic. With the lockdown, many employees have been working from home alongside the suspension of students’ classes––this might just be the reason why there’s a concern with internet bandwidth.
Teleworking & streaming help a lot but infrastructures might be in strain.
To secure Internet access for all, let’s #SwitchToStandard definition when HD is not necessary.
— Thierry Breton (@ThierryBreton) March 18, 2020
European Commissioner Thierry Breton is responsible for the EU internal market that covers more than 450 million people. Breton took it to Twitter on Wednesday that he has just spoken with Reed Hastings, Netflix CEO. This has been Breton’s main job as of late––calling companies to “#SwitchtoStandard definition when HD is not necessary” in order to secure internet access for all.
A spokesperson from Netflix told CNN Business that the conversation between Breton and Hastings will carry on again on Thursday
“Commissioner Breton is right to highlight the importance of ensuring that the internet continues to run smoothly during this critical time,” the Netflix spokesperson said. “We’ve been focused on network efficiency for many years, including providing our open connect service for free to telecommunications companies.”
Netflix has done its part in containing its capacity as it has already adjusted the quality of streams and uses a special delivery network to keep the library closer to users so as to lessen bandwidth.
Fortunately, Netflix isn’t the only platform that’s supporting the cause of this movement––Facebook is in it, too.
In a call with reporters, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook’s services are facing “big surges” in usage as the coronavirus forces millions around the world to stay home.