According to Bloomberg, starting today YouTube will begin limiting its bandwidth usage around the world. Similar to what it has already been doing in Europe.
You can still watch your favorite YouTube content in high definition but you will now have to manually choose the higher definition. By default the video quality will be set to 480p.
As you can imagine with more people forced to stay at home and fill there days with something other than the 9-5 grind. Sites like Netflix and YouTube are seeing higher than usual traffic.
I guess out of all the sacrifices being made during this crazy time, watching our favorite YouTube content in 480p doesn’t even make the list.
If you are looking for something you can do to pitch in, at least in some small way, take a look at folding @ home. If you have a computer with sufficient cooling you can put it to work to fight COVID-19.
YouTube had this to say to Bloomberg:
“We continue to work closely with governments and network operators around the globe to do our part to minimize stress on the system during this unprecedented situation,”
Maybe now that YouTube is doing its part maybe other bandwidth hungry giants such as Netflix and Amazon Prime will follow suit.