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Apple, Amazon To Reduce Streaming Quality in Europe To Decrease The Load in Broadband Networks

Internet usage is growing globally as more and more people opt to with from home amid the growing COVID-19 fears

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Additionally, Apple TV+ streaming quality was lowered as well, resulting in lower resolution streams and heavily-compressed content with visibly blocky artifacts. Pixabay

After Netflix and YouTube, Amazon as well as Apple have announced they will also reduce streaming quality in Europe in order to lessen the load on broadband networks.

“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. Prime Video is working with local authorities and internet service providers where needed to help mitigate any network congestion,” an Amazon spokesperson told The Guardian.

Amazon is currently reducing bitrate speeds in Europe, but is continuing to monitor the situation in the US and other countries around the world.

The streaming content providers have been asked to lower streaming quality in Europe, so the lower streaming rates do not affect US and other countries.

Additionally, Apple TV+ streaming quality was lowered as well, resulting in lower resolution streams and heavily-compressed content with visibly blocky artifacts.

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After Netflix and YouTube, Amazon as well as Apple have announced they will also reduce streaming quality in Europe in order to lessen the load on broadband networks. Wikimedia Commons

Meanwhile, the US has not called on streaming content providers to implement data reduction measures.

Internet usage is growing globally as more and more people opt to with from home amid the growing COVID-19 fears.

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Virgin Mobile has reportedly offered its customers 10GB of free data for use during their self-isolation. (IANS)

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Apple Plans To Buy LCD Assets Worth $200 Million From Japan Display

The sale to both Apple and Sharp was reportedly delayed in the wake of new coronavirus pandemic

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According to a Nikkei Asian Review report, Japan Display (JDI) has been in negotiations with "Apple and Sharp to sell its Hakusan liquid crystal display plant" owing to "poor sales of iPhone panels". Pixabay

Apple is reportedly buying $200 million worth of assets like LCD equipment from troubled panel maker Japan Display, the media reported on Wednesday.

According to a Nikkei Asian Review report, Japan Display (JDI) has been in negotiations with “Apple and Sharp to sell its Hakusan liquid crystal display plant” owing to “poor sales of iPhone panels”.

The sale to both Apple and Sharp was reportedly delayed in the wake of new coronavirus pandemic.

“JDI decided to sell LCD production equipment to Apple first and real estate to Sharp later,” the report mentioned.

By offloading Hakusan, JDI would concentrate smartphone LCD panel production at the Mobara plant in Chiba Prefecture.

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Apple is reportedly buying $200 million worth of assets like LCD equipment from troubled panel maker Japan Display, the media reported on Wednesday. Pixabay

JDI started its operation on April 1, 2012. As of March 2014, JDI was one of the major suppliers of displays for Apple’s iPhone.
It was also a major display supplier of Nintendo Switch along with Sharp Corporation until 2017.

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A newly-created entity INCJ, Ltd. had become the major shareholder of Japan Display with 25,29 per cent of total shareholdings since September 21, 2018 as a result of a corporate split of the old the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ). (IANS)