YouTube has announced that it will reduce the broadcast quality of its platform users around the world, according to Bloomberg.
The decision comes just one week after YouTube announced that it would reduce the broadcast quality of users in Europe to help reduce broadband stress while more people remain in their homes as a measure to curb the spread of the new Corona virus.
Videos will start to play in standard definition quality (SD), meaning 480 pixels by default, and according to Bloomberg, people who want to watch HD videos can still do this, but they must manually select this option.
“We continue to work closely with governments and network operators around the world to do our part to reduce pressure on the system during this unprecedented situation,” the company said in a statement to Bloomberg.
YouTube is not the only company to reduce broadcast quality in an attempt to reduce broadband pressure, as Netflix has reduced its broadcast quality in Europe to reduce the burden of broadband broadcasts by 25% on its platform.
Apple has also taken similar steps, as well as Amazon, to reduce its broadcast quality in Europe, but continues to monitor the situation in the United States and other countries around the world.
With more and more people working and learning from home, concerns about the pressure on broadband networks continue to grow. And that doesn’t just affect video broadcasting platforms, as Sony, for example, has announced it will slow PlayStation downloads in Europe in an effort to “preserve Internet access for the entire community.”
More companies are likely to take similar actions around the world as people stay longer in domestic self-quarantine.