Europe Union authorities have asked Netflix and other streaming services to stop broadcasting high-quality videos so as not to disrupt the Internet under heavy load conditions due to the coronavirus pandemic. This was written on Twitter by the European Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton.
Breton noted that to combat the spread of the virus, EU residents are advised not to leave their homes, and quarantining them can lead to overloading infrastructure. “To keep everyone on the Internet, let’s go to standard resolution when there is no need for HD,” he wrote.
According to Vedomosti, Breton said he had previously discussed the request with Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. Netflix has said that Breton and Hastings have scheduled additional negotiations on this matter. The company also indicated that the service is already adjusting the quality of the broadcasts to the capabilities of the Internet connection.
— Thierry Breton (@ThierryBreton) March 18, 2020
Mark Zuckerberg, the head of the Facebook social network, previously mentioned the increase in the load on the infrastructure due to the spread of the coronavirus. He reported a more than double increase in the number of voice and video calls on WhatsApp (owned by Facebook) and Facebook Messenger.
According to the latest data, more than 222,000 cases of a new type of coronavirus are registered worldwide, of which 82,000 occur in China, where the epidemic has been stopped. 9115 people have already died from the disease and more than 84,000 patients have recovered. In recent days, the most widespread spread of the Covid-19 virus has been observed in Italy, where the number of infected people has already reached 41,035 people and nearly 3,000 people have died.