EU asks Netflix and others to only stream in standard definition to reduce broadband strain

EU asks Netflix and others to only stream in standard definition to reduce broadband strain

The European Union wants streaming service providers like
Netflix to limit their services in order to reduce strain on
broadband networks, Financial Times reported
Thursday. 

The European Commissioner for internal market and services
Thierry Breton said such platforms should consider offering content
in standard definition only, which consumes less bandwidth than
high-definition content, which is often the default for
viewers. 

Breton said he had an “important phone conversation” on the
matter with Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, though it appears a final
decision hasn’t been reached. 

Important phone conversation with @ReedHastings,
CEO of @Netflix

To beat
#COVID19
, we
#StayAtHome

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

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EU asks Netflix and others to only stream in standard definition to reduce broadband strain