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YouTube downgrades its video quality all over the world

Previously, this measure only concerned Europe.

Starting today, YouTube will reduce video quality around the world to reduce Internet traffic during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By default, YouTube will display video in standard resolution. However, users will still be able to switch to higher resolutions if they wish.


Previously, the same measure was taken in Europe, after European Commissioner for Domestic Market Affairs Thierry Breton called for traffic restrictions. In addition to YouTube, other services, including Netflix, have also responded to the call.

Internet traffic has increased in recent weeks as hundreds of millions of people stay home to keep the virus in check. And streaming video generates significantly more traffic than sound recordings or normal web browsing.

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