The Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) isn't the best period for everyone but at least most of us now have the time to binge on films and TV shows that we've missed out on in the past. However, it looks like all the streaming might be taking a toll on Netflix. The streaming giant has just urged people to slow down on the streaming to avoid overloading servers across the world.
The revelation comes from European Commissioner for internal market Thierry Breton, who shared some details of his conversation with Netflix CEO Reed Hastings on Twitter. Interestingly, Hastings reportedly pointed out that it would be best to switch to Standard Definition to avoid overloading internet servers. Take a look at his tweet below.
Important phone conversation with @ReedHastings, CEO of @Netflix— Thierry Breton (@ThierryBreton) March 18, 2020
To beat #COVID19, we #StayAtHome
Teleworking & streaming help a lot but infrastructures might be in strain.
To secure Internet access for all, let’s #SwitchToStandard definition when HD is not necessary.
"Important phone conversation with @ReedHastings, CEO of @Netflix. To beat #COVID19, we #StayAtHome. Teleworking & streaming help a lot but infrastructures might be in strain," Breton wrote. "To secure Internet access for all, let’s #SwitchToStandard definition when HD is not necessary."
It's a valid suggestion considering that most of us are used to watching our films and TV shows on High Definition when it isn't necessary to enjoy the viewing. Switching to Standard Definition would allow everyone to enjoy internet access without any problems.
Netflix is currently one of the most used streaming services since people have been advised to self-isolate during COVID-19. The service has even offered a new feature called Netflix Party where you can have a viewing party with friends without worrying about social distancing.