With both YouTube and Netflix agreeing to lower streaming quality to standard definition across Europe to help ease bandwidth strain amid concerns of surges in online traffic during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Disney has now agreed to do something similar with Disney+ when it launches there in a few days.
As THR reports, Disney’s chairman direct-to-consumer and international, Kevin Mayer, stated “In line with Disney’s longstanding commitment to act responsibly, we are responding to the request of European Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton, to work together to ensure the smooth functioning of the broadband infrastructure.”
“In anticipation of high consumer demand for Disney+,” he continued, “we are proactively instituting measures to lower our overall bandwidth utilization by at least 25 percent in all of the markets launching Disney+ on March 24th. In the coming days, we will be monitoring Internet congestion and working closely with internet service providers to further reduce bit rates as necessary to ensure they are not overwhelmed by consumer demand.”
Disney+ is set to start on March 24 in the U.K., Ireland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. France, having delayed the streaming service, will receive Disney+ on April 7.
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