12 votes

YouTube to limit default video quality around the world for a month

6 comments

  1. [3]
    wundumguy
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    Ah, the power of defaults. I won't mind stepping it up manually for a while. Curious how many others will

    Ah, the power of defaults. I won't mind stepping it up manually for a while. Curious how many others will

    9 votes
    1. [2]
      babypuncher
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      I'm tempted to write a Firefox extension that automates this. My ISP has had no trouble providing the extra bandwidth in my area. In fact, average network latency is down from 4 months ago. I have...

      I'm tempted to write a Firefox extension that automates this.

      My ISP has had no trouble providing the extra bandwidth in my area. In fact, average network latency is down from 4 months ago. I have a feeling their data caps (currently suspended) are bullshit.

      4 votes
      1. wundumguy
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        It certainly is. It's not like they're running out of bytes in the bit mines.

        It certainly is. It's not like they're running out of bytes in the bit mines.

        4 votes
  2. skybrian
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    From the article: [...]

    From the article:

    YouTube will reduce the quality of videos around the world starting Tuesday, an effort by the world’s most popular video site to ease internet traffic during the coronavirus outbreak.

    Over the coming days, viewers will at first see YouTube videos in standard definition, the company said. Users will still be able to watch in high definition if they want, but will have to choose to do so.

    YouTube, part of Alphabet Inc.’s Google, is extending a policy it already instituted in Europe, where regulators have asked major streaming services, including Netflix Inc. and Amazon Prime Video, to reduce their bandwidth usage.

    [...]

    YouTube already limits the quality of video based on the strength of a user’s internet connection. YouTube doesn’t believe the world will run out of internet bandwidth any time soon, but is taking a preemptive measure given growing concerns at the government level.

    5 votes
  3. [2]
    jwong
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    I’d already developed the habit to force higher resolution since it always seems to get stuck at lower resolutions. Not sure what’s changing here.

    I’d already developed the habit to force higher resolution since it always seems to get stuck at lower resolutions. Not sure what’s changing here.

    1. ThatFanficGuy
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      You can automate the quality switch with browser extensions. There's plenty that do just that, and there are suites of functions that include it.

      You can automate the quality switch with browser extensions. There's plenty that do just that, and there are suites of functions that include it.

      2 votes