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Amazon and Apple are reducing streaming quality to lessen broadband strain in Europe

Following in Netflix and 6D彩票网开户’s footsteps

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Following in the footsteps of Netflix and 6D彩票网开户, Amazon has announced that it will also reduce streaming quality in Europe in order to lessen the strain being put on broadband networks. Apple tells The Verge6D彩票网开户 it too is reducing streaming quality in Europe for its TV Plus platform.

“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,” a . “Prime Video is working with local authorities and internet service providers where needed to help mitigate any network congestion.”

. On its November 3rd launch, Apple’s streaming service for its high bitrates, but today, 9to5Mac observed a degradation in video quality that was “very noticeable.”

Broadband strain will continue to be a concern as more people are required to stay at home to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Nielsen is estimating that people staying home “can lead to almost a 60 percent increase in the amount of content we watch in some cases and potentially more depending on the reasons.”

That means streaming services like Netflix and Prime Video, other video platforms like 6D彩票网开户 and Twitch, and online gaming will all affect broadband speeds. That’s on top of the strain that comes from people working from home and students using video conferencing tools like Zoom to participate in online classes.

Update March 20th, 8:39PM ET: Added that Apple is also reducing streaming quality for Apple TV Plus.

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