Netflix reduces bitrate in Europe to reduce network load

Now the network resources are more necessary for remote work

Netflix service said it will reduce the bitrate in Europe. This measure is a response to the EU's call and should help ISPs, which are facing increased workload due to quarantine and increased number of those working at home.

The streaming giant started with the Italian and Spanish networks and yesterday announced that it will do the same in the next two days in the rest of Europe.

Technically, this measure is implemented by removing streams with the highest bitrate in each resolution category. They will be unavailable within the next 30 days. According to Netflix, visually this can be seen as a "slight decrease in video quality". In fact, this step should lead to a 25% reduction in traffic.

The number of Netflix subscribers in Europe has grown faster in recent years than in the United States. The EMEA region, which includes Europe, the Middle East and Africa, accounts for more than half of the company's revenue.

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