Netflix reduces video quality in the Philippines to handle surge

With the enhanced community quarantine mandated nationwide, we find ways to fight boredom while in the comforts of our home. You can play video games, use apps like TikTok, get in touch with your passion and catch up with your favorite shows thru Netflix. Apparently, the latter has the bigger population.

Following an order from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), Netflix announced last March 25 that it will slightly reduce its video quality in the Philippines. This is to lighten the expected increase of usage during the lockdown.

The quality reduction refers to the bitrate of the video, the amount of data per second a video has in kilobits-per-second.

Simply put, some viewers may notice a slight reduction in the overall video quality. Netflix stated that this reduction significantly contributes an approximated data savings of up to 25%.

“The measure will help free-up bandwidth as the increased demand by subscribers may risk overloading network capacity during the quarantine period. Data consumption is expected to surge due to the work-from-home arrangements as well as increased government, private and education demands,”

– National Telecommunications Commission (NTC)

Apparently, Netflix initiated “data-saving changes” on other countries as well, particularly in Europe. Government officials anticipated the increase due to the coronavirus outbreak, as people are forced to stay indoors prompting them to use the streaming services more.

COVID-19 Cebu

As the threat of the Coronavirus 2019 or COVID-19 rises every day, the Cebu province has taken a proactive approach and is pulling all stops in protecting the island. Here’s everything you need to know about COVID-19 and its symptoms: https://sugbo.ph/2020/corona-virus-in-cebu/

With this, an Executive Order was issued for the implementation of the drastic but necessary measures to avoid the spread of the virus. For more information, head on to: https://sugbo.ph/2020/cebu-implements-drastic-measures/

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Allison Irv Miller
"There will be days that I'd find myself in different places, but my heart will always be in Cebu."  

Mechanical Engineer | Cebu City

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