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Amazon's going to lower its Prime Video bitrates to help telecoms deal with demand

Amazon wants to 'reduce streaming bitrates while maintaining a quality streaming experience'

Amazon's going to lower its Prime Video bitrates to help telecoms deal with increased demand

Amazon's going to lower its Prime Video bitrates to help telecoms deal with increased demand

Following the leads of Netflix and YouTube, Amazon has announced that they will be reducing the streaming quality of their Prime Video service in Europe in response to the Covid-19 Pandemic, which has seen considerable increases in internet usage across Europe and the rest of the world. 

This action will help reduce the strain on Europe's networking services, acting as a precautionary measure in case internet usage continues to rise. With many Europeans limiting their travel and moving towards in-home entertainment, it is best for streaming services to reduce their quality to ensure that their customers can get access. 

Below is Amazon's official statement on the matter; 

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, including in Europe, where we’ve already begun the effort to reduce streaming bitrates while maintaining a quality streaming experience for our customers.


In the coming days, other major streaming services will likely announce similar changes to their video streaming services. Note that these changes will be temporary, and last as long as the Covid-19 crisis continues. 


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20-03-2020, 16:59:26

NeverBackDown
I see people complaining about this and how the streaming services should charge them less or whatever for the lower quality. The problem is if the internet went out with how over-reactive people are, they would panic and cause mass riots and whatnot. So yeah, if the ISPs need help, they should get it to prevent that.Quote

20-03-2020, 17:07:46

WYP
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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
I see people complaining about this and how the streaming services should charge them less or whatever for the lower quality. The problem is if the internet went out with how over-reactive people are, they would panic and cause mass riots and whatnot. So yeah, if the ISPs need help, they should get it to prevent that.
Yeah, it is better to have lower quality video than to have no video.

Netflix cut their bandwidth by 25%, which means that roughly four people can now watch Netflix instead of three with the same bandwidth usage. As Tesco say, every little helps.Quote
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