Netflix reduces video quality in Canada for 30 days due to COVID-19

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Netflix Canada has confirmed it will reduce video quality due to the current COVID-19 outbreak.

In a statement, Ken Florance, vice president of content delivery at Netflix, said, “We believe that this will provide significant relief to congested networks and will be deploying it in Canada for the next 30 days.”

The streaming giant noted it has experienced a 25 percent surge in demand for its service and users will see lower bandwidth streams across all its plans tiers.

That said, the streaming service’s lower bandwidth streams will still deliver the same resolution you’re subscribed to, whether that’s standard definition, high-definition or 4K, says Netflix.

The reduction in quality started March 26th and will be in place until April 25th.

Bell is also planning to reduce the quality of Crave streams on specific devices temporarily.

Source: Netflix, CTV