Mar 23, 2020

Coronavirus: Facebook cuts video quality to ease net strain

Facebook is the latest platform to reduce its video quality in Europe, to reduce demand on internet service providers. The change means each video will use less data, but viewers are unlikely to see a major change in picture quality. Several factors influence how much data is used when streaming a video online. By contrast, Google's YouTube said it would switch viewers in Europe to its standard-definition video mode by default. Netflix was the first streaming service to announce it was lowering its video bitrate, after meeting with European officials.

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