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YouTube Reducing Video Quality for 30 Days Globally

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  • Mar 28th, 2020 1:23 pm
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May 14, 2019
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Not a bad thing. ISPs must be taking a beating from all the bandwidth being used.

The article states you can still choose high def if you want. It's just that by default it will be standard def.
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I'm surprised Netflix already doesn't do that. Wait they do. Depends on which browser or app you use what the max def if available. So they are going to reduce it even further? :/
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TVmount wrote: Not a bad thing. ISPs must be taking a beating from all the bandwidth being used.

The article states you can still choose high def if you want. It's just that by default it will be standard def.

Additionally, it acts as a self-assessment tool to determine whether you're a team player or a ball hog.
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I am watching a youtube video at 720p (my laptop screen's resolution), and no HD, the video quality is yuck!!!
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I think a video resolution of 720p (1280 x 720) and higher is considered HD.
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eldiablo wrote: I think a video resolution of 720p (1280 x 720) and higher is considered HD.
They have lowered the streaming Video Bitrate...

Resolution is the same but quality is bad!
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WFH mean now work on a 4K screen about 2' in front of me. I appreciate 4k car videos much more.
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TVmount wrote: Not a bad thing. ISPs must be taking a beating from all the bandwidth being used.

The article states you can still choose high def if you want. It's just that by default it will be standard def.
but but what about all those increased fees to upgrade their networks. they invested millions to improve their networks.
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I thought youtube was only lowering the default resolution. They're lowering bitrate? Their bitrate was already pretty low. This wouldn't help.
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Good time to change the model "pay for a higher bitrate"..I guess.
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I'm also having zero problems with my internet connection. It's on cable (Shaw) and keeps rocking it's 300mbps. No slowdowns or anything. Is this to save ISP's or youtube/netflix money? While Canadian Internet is overpriced, if you live in a major city, the internet is pretty good. Maybe they should be cutting back in specific areas, but not everywhere.

To be fair I've only read something that said Netflix was dropping quality by 25%. I've still only read that youtube dropped the default quality, but you can still put it up 1080p/4k once it's loaded. I don't think youtube has much bitrate to lower.. it's already pretty bad.

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