With more of us staying indoors for more than a day due to the coronavirus epidemic, some of the larger streaming platforms have reduced video quality. Now it looks like normal service has resumed, at least for Netflix in Europe.
This is according to data collected by FlatPanelsHD: the previous Netflix high of 4K HDR up to 15 Mb / s bitrate is now available again. Users in Denmark, Norway, Germany and other European countries have reported an increase.
However, normal service doesn't seem to have picked up everywhere yet – depending on where you are in Europe, you may still find your video quality limited while you try to stream movies and shows.
In a statement to FlatPanelsHD, Netflix said it is working with ISPs to increase the capacity of its network. Four times normal capacity was added in April, according to representatives of the video streaming portal.
Although you may not get as many pixels on the screen as quickly as before the spread of Covid-19, Netflix says the limitations it temporarily put in place will be removed “as conditions improve “.
Netflix initially committed to reducing its demands on the Internet infrastructure for a period of 30 days in Europe – a move that would cut data usage by around a quarter. This 30 day period has now passed.
Because of the clever compression algorithms used by Netflix, you may not have noticed too much of a difference while you were sitting at home watching the binge. Some of the higher level bit rate settings should now come back gradually.
Of course, the global pandemic has had all kinds of effects on the tech industry and the gadgets we use every day. The biggest launch events of the year have been canceled or posted online, and easing of lock restrictions around the world may well depend on contact tracking apps.
Via The Verge