With the worldwide expansion of Covid-19 (Coronavirus), in recent days Netflix and YouTube announced that they have decreased their quality in Europe, in order to improve connectivity during compulsory social reclusion in countries affected by the epidemic. The move recently moved to Latin America, where Netflix, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Globo applied the same measure.
In Argentina, as the newspaper La Nación officially reported, the National Communications Agency (Enacom) announced the decrease in the definition on Netflix contents for 30 days ‘to guarantee connectivity for all citizens in Argentina’, in an agreement that, according to La Nación, it was made by the Head of the entity, Claudio Ambrosini. According what people those close to Netflix reported to the digital newspaper Infobae, ‘this reduction does not mean a reduction in the quality of the content itself, but rather the highest band was removed for each streaming category. This way, HD content will continue to be accessed in HD, with a slight reduction in quality within that resolution’.
In Chile, Netflix reported a 25% reduction in its traffic. ‘Taking this crisis into consideration, we have developed a way to reduce Netflix traffic on telecommunications networks by 25%, maintaining the quality of our service. This way, consumers will continue to receive the quality they have paid for UHD (4K), HD or standard definition-’, said Ken Florance, Vice President of Content Distribution at Netflix to the local newspaper La Tercera. ‘We believe this will provide significant relief to congested networks and will be deployed in Chile over the next 30 days’, he added.
In Brazil, the Globo Group announced that it will reduce the quality of Globoplay videos, which, temporarily, cannot be reproduced in 4K. The measure will also apply to the G1, Globoesporte.com, GShow and Globosat Play websites. In addition, Reuters reported that Facebook will also reduce the quality of its video broadcasts on its platform and on Instagram in Latin America (including Brazil), while YouTube will also reduce the quality of its contents worldwide.