As we seek out escapist fare, couped up in our homes, some amount of traffic balancing will be needed. Netflix and YouTube are only two players in this game. Just as the overall bandwidth hurts the Internet, the growth that has been seen in recent weeks will also hit the providers (like it hit Microsoft’s Xbox Live a couple times already). I think this is something that we’ll see occurring on all networks, in all areas, very soon.

Netflix and YouTube will reduce the default image quality of streaming video in Europe to ease pressure on the internet, the firms said Friday, as demand soars with millions confined to their homes over coronavirus fears.

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