Disney Plus to launch in Europe tomorrow with lower streaming quality

Ruben Fields
March 24, 2020

Both Netflix and YouTube said they would cut their picture quality for 30 days while Disney said it would lower its overall bandwidth utilization by at least 25% in all of the European countries launching Disney+ next week.

Mind you, this doesn't affect the video resolution - you'll still get access to HD and 4K, if you pay for it, but at lower bitrates than before.

"We believe that during this critical time, it is absolutely essential for the streaming platforms to cooperate with TSPs to manage traffic distribution patterns which are likely to strain network infrastructure at a time when it is needed for various critical requirements", COAI said in a letter to OTT platforms. Videos with a higher bitrate tend to look less "blocky" or pixelated - especially if there is a lot of motion in a scene - but use more data.

In Europe, Netflix is removing its highest bandwidth within each resolution category - Ultra High Definition (UHD), High Definition (HD) and Standard Definition (SD) - for 30 days to help preserve the smooth functioning of the Internet during the coronavirus outbreak.

"We support the need for careful management of telecom services to ensure they can handle the increased internet demand, with so many people now at home full-time due to Covid-19", Amazon said in a statement to the media.

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Netflix has refused to comment on COAI's request or divulge its plans, apart from saying it has no advertisements on its platform.

Netflix is reducing the bitrate on streams in Australia as demand on telecommunication networks soar. "Our video streaming is based on Adaptive Bitrate Streaming, which ensures that we are lean in internet consumption", the spokesperson added.

This does not change the choice of streaming quality for Netflix subscribers. Such a simple trick, Zuckerberg made a decision to reduce the load on the computer network during the quarantine, which has been declared in several European countries, writes Engadget.

Disney Chairman, Kevin Mayer, has confirmed that the European Union will see a reduction in bandwidth by at least 25 per cent to cope with the increased usage expected when Disney+ launches tomorrow, March 24, in Europe and the UK.

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