The lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic has made people stay at their homes. This has increased the consumption of the internet in the world as people are finding it the only option to help them in entertain while they are at home.
Amidst all this, YouTube has decided to reduce the video quality for its streaming service all around the globe. The step is being taken to reduce the pressure on the international networks and it will be implemented for a time period of one month.
As per the new streaming modification, YouTube will play any video on a default quality of 480p. The streaming quality can be increased or decreased manually by the user according to their preference.
It is different from the current streaming system followed by YouTube. According to the current system, YouTube detects the speed, bandwidth and automatically selects the quality of the video.
YouTube officials said that the decision of fixing the default streaming quality all around the globe will start from Tuesday (March 24, 2020) and will last for 30 days. As reported by CNET, YouTube has already implemented the service in some parts of the world including the UK, European Union, and Switzerland.
YouTube is not the only company which is has taken the decision to lower the video quality of the videos. Major social media networks and streaming services like Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime, Facebook, and Instagram will downgrade video bitrates too.
However, the mentioned services have not announced a global change in the video streaming quality and YouTube is the only company to do so.