Netflix soon only in SD resolution due to high network usage?
CNBC reports that an EU emissary met with Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. The discussion was about ways and means to relieve the current extreme Internet load in favor of essential services. The current additional load is largely due to the video (and gaming?) Streaming services such as Netflix, YouTube, Twitch, Prime Video and Co.
EU representative Thierry Breton emphasizes how important it is to keep the internet running smoothly, especially in times of the corona pandemic and ongoing isolation of people. Therefore, he appeals to everyone's sense of responsibility. At the end of the talks, he tweeted:
„#SwitchToStandard definition when HD is not necessary.”
When HD is now necessary is certainly a matter of opinion. There was no longer any question of the increasingly widespread 4K resolution. There was also a discussion about a new function that would automatically lower the resolution of users to standard definition at times of high Internet usage. Both parties want to continue the talks over the next few days.