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Netflix Decides To Cut Streaming Bits Rate in European Union To Reduce internet Traffic

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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The move was announced after discussions between EU Commissioner Thierry Breton and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings over the growing new coronavirus concerns, TechCrunch reported late Thursday. Pixabay

As European Union (EU) stares at Internet breakdown owing to more people who are currently home and are streaming various online services for both entertainment and work, Netflix has decided to cut streaming bits rate from High-Definition (HD) tp Standard Definition (SD) so that traffic can be reduced.

The move was announced after discussions between EU Commissioner Thierry Breton and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings over the growing new coronavirus concerns, TechCrunch reported late Thursday.

“Netflix has decided to begin reducing bit rates across all our streams in Europe for 30 days. We estimate that this will reduce Netflix traffic on European networks by around 25 percent while also ensuring a good quality service for our members,” the company said in a statement.

Vodafone also reported 50 per cent surge in Internet traffic in some European countries earlier this week.

“Covid-19 is already having a significant impact on our services and placing a greater demand on our network. We should expect this trend of data growth to continue,” Vodafone said in a statement.

“Important phone conversation with @ReedHastings, CEO of @Netflix To beat #COVID19, we #StayAtHome Teleworking & streaming help a lot but infrastructures might be in strain. To secure Internet access for all, let’s #SwitchToStandard definition when HD is not necessary,” Breton tweeted.

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As European Union (EU) stares at Internet breakdown owing to more people who are currently home and are streaming various online services for both entertainment and work, Netflix has decided to cut streaming bits rate from High-Definition (HD) tp Standard Definition (SD) so that traffic can be reduced. Pixabay

Later, in a statement, he said that telecom operators and users “all have a joint responsibility to take steps to ensure the smooth functioning of the internet during the battle against the virus propagation.”

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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Facebook, Instagram Goes Down For PC and Desktop Users in UK

On WhatsApp, the users reported problems were with sending or receiving messages, followed by connection issues

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"Desktop browser Facebook been slow for a few days & now won't load pages or login ... mobile version works fine!" says one user. Pixabay

Facebook and Instagram went down for the PC and desktop users in the UK on Sunday evening although mobile access was in perfect shape.

Several users took to Twitter, saying they could not access the social networking platform as well as its photo-sharing app on desktops. Both the platforms were up after couple of hours of downtime, reports outage tracking website Downdetector.

Several people replied to DownDetector UK’s official account to report which areas Facebook was down in. “Facebook is having issues since 5:24 PM BST. RT if it’s down for you as well #Facebookdown,” posted DownDetector.

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“Desktop browser Facebook been slow for a few days & now won’t load pages or login … mobile version works fine!” replied one user. The social media giant was yet to update its users why this happened.

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Facebook and Instagram went down for the PC and desktop users in the UK on Sunday evening although mobile access was in perfect shape. Pixabay

“I can still access it on my mobile but not on my PC, even though both going through the same router,” tweeted one user. On April 2, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp went down for millions of users in North and South America and Europe.

The frequently reported problems on Facebook were with images, according to Downdetector. Some people also had issues with News Feed and logging in. On Instagram, the majority of issues were with News Feed.

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On WhatsApp, the users reported problems were with sending or receiving messages, followed by connection issues. (IANS)