Due to the severe coronavirus epidemic situation in Europe, more EU countries have issued regulations restricting ordinary people from going out unnecessarily.
As a result, a large number of users in Europe can only stay at home to work remotely, live and study, and at the same time, the traffic of various streaming video sites has begun to soar.
The surge in video traffic has also begun to affect Europe’s basic networks. Although there have been no major problems yet, the European Union has required video sites to reduce their resolution.
After evaluation, Google believes that users in many countries around the world need to stay at home, which has caused multiple peaks in traffic for video sites such as YouTube.
To ensure that YouTube can provide stable services and reduce the use of global Internet bandwidth, Google has decided to reduce the default quality of videos worldwide.
Nowadays, all users around the world use YouTube to watch SD quality by default, which can significantly reduce server bandwidth expenses for Google.
At the same time, this will also help reduce the global Internet bandwidth occupation, and ensure that Internet bandwidth resources can maintain the operational needs of other areas such as the office.
Google stated that during the coronavirus epidemic, the company will work with governments around the world and local operators to do their best to reduce system pressure to the greatest extent possible.