Tuesday, March 24, 2020

YouTube will limit video quality for everyone by default for a month via Engadget

The next time you load up a YouTube video, it probably won't look as sharp as you'd normally expect, at least at first. From today, videos will start playing in standard definition by default for the next month, though you can still bump up the resolution manually from the settings.

It follows a similar measure YouTube and many other streaming platforms have adopted temporarily in Europe to lower their bandwidth usage amid the coronavirus outbreak. EU regulators asked them to make the change to ease internet congestion in the region for the time being.

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