Netflix has been delivering some of the best services a person can ever be treated to amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
The streaming giant said that despite the agreement of stepping back with video bit rates in Europe, the United Kingdom, and Australia among others to ease the strain on the bandwidth networks across the globe, the company will still be streaming HD with even Ultra HD content.
The streaming platform says that technically speaking you will still be able to see their HD & 4k broadcasts but the things is, they’d just be delivered with lower image quality. Reportedly, the company will be targeting a temporary 25% reduction in overall bandwidth consumption so as to not bother the already-overloaded networks because of the lockdowns across all countries.
Ken Florance, Netflix’s VP of content delivery, said in a blog post that the actions they have taken have maintained the full range of video resolutions. In order for them to still be in agreement with the chopping of bandwidth utilization, the streaming platform has removed the highest-bandwidth streams for the next month.
As a result: “If you are particularly tuned into video quality you may notice a very slight decrease in quality within each resolution. But you will still get the video quality you paid for.”
If you’re still confused, basically, the platform will still be streaming HD or 4k (which they charge different rates for, I might add), it will just have a lower picture quality because of the lower compression rates meaning more blurs, pixels and some minor tweaks here and there––but it won’t be SUPER noticeable.
Luckily, Netflix isn’t the only platform to join the movement. Youtube, Amazon, Apple, and Disney are all in on it too––following suit in the EU. Alongside that, some parts in Latin America are also likely to see bandwidth reductions soon!