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Netflix will reduce the video quality on its service in Europe for the next 30 days to reduce the strain on internet service providers

5 comments

  1. [5]
    NaraVara
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    They could probably save some bandwidth by not having auto-playing videos run while you browse too. . . And honestly, if we're in a true bandwidth crunch it would probably make sense for lots of...

    They could probably save some bandwidth by not having auto-playing videos run while you browse too. . .

    And honestly, if we're in a true bandwidth crunch it would probably make sense for lots of services to flip to "low bandwidth mode." Facebook already has mbasic.facebook.com which is a great alternative to the normal data-hogging interface. I wish we'd see more of this in general. Lots of people are on data limited or throttled plans.

    11 votes
    1. [3]
      Silbern
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      I wish so too. A surprising number of the sites I personally use (NPR, Twitter, The Guardian, Reddit, Google, YouTube) have more basic interfaces available, but you either have to find the obscure...

      I wish so too. A surprising number of the sites I personally use (NPR, Twitter, The Guardian, Reddit, Google, YouTube) have more basic interfaces available, but you either have to find the obscure link to get to them (NPR, Reddit, The Guardian) or you flat out can't unless you spoof your user-agent to make the site think you can't handle the regular version (Twitter, Google, YouTube). My guess is that a more limited version of the site constrains the web developers, and it's harder to cram them with ads or tie them into social media frameworks, so they're reluctant to make them or make using them easy.

      4 votes
      1. cwagner
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        For people from the EU, it’s one click when you load any article. NPR has the best reading experience of any news site when combined with reading mode. https://i.imgur.com/ehLF1Rn.png

        NPR

        For people from the EU, it’s one click when you load any article. NPR has the best reading experience of any news site when combined with reading mode.
        https://i.imgur.com/ehLF1Rn.png

        2 votes
      2. NaraVara
        Link Parent
        One man's bug is another man's feature.

        it's harder to cram them with ads or tie them into social media frameworks

        One man's bug is another man's feature.

        2 votes
    2. minimaltyp0s
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      They recently allowed you to turn off auto-play whilst browsing. It was honestly a strong disincentive for me to use Netflix. Glad it's gone.

      They recently allowed you to turn off auto-play whilst browsing. It was honestly a strong disincentive for me to use Netflix. Glad it's gone.

      4 votes