With the Conravirus shutting down all theaters and public activities, streaming services like Netflix are playing a larger role than ever. Streaming platforms haven’t always gotten the most respect from the film industry (some people still claim Netflix movies arent real movies), but studios are now following the streaming blueprint. Universal will release notable titles like The Invisible Man and Trolls: World Tour on VOD, while Sony announced they will be releasing Bloodshot on Tuesday, less than two weeks after its theatrical run. With streaming drawing more attention than ever, it looks like big-time streamers like Netflix might have to put some restrictions on their platform.
According to a recent report, Europe is already slowing down Netflix streaming speeds to prevent an internet shutdown, with officials also asking for users to cut down on HD streams. Here’s what a Netflix spokesperson had to say on the issue:
“We estimate that this will reduce Netflix traffic on European networks by around 25% while also ensuring a good quality service for our members. [Users] all have a joint responsibility to take steps to ensure the smooth functioning of the internet during the battle against the virus propagation. I welcome the very prompt action that Netflix has taken to preserve the smooth functioning of the Internet during the Covid-19 crisis while maintaining a good experience for users.”
This was the Tweet that came before the announcement:
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.
— Thierry Breton (@ThierryBreton) March 18, 2020
US users may not have to face this slow down yet, but its only a matter of time before certain restrictions like this will be placed on all Americans. While the Coronavirus has negatively impacted almost every industry, streaming platforms have an opportunity to engross audiences in new content if they play their strategy right. I would not be shocked if surprise projects were released in the coming weeks, including New Mutants on Disney+ or Hulu.
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