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Netflix temporarily reduces streaming traffic in the Philippines to ease network congestion

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Netflix has announced that it would reduce streaming traffic in the Philippines in response to the government's request in order to help telco companies manage network congestion during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.
Netflix temporarily reduces streaming traffic in the Philippines to ease network congestion
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Netflix temporarily reduces streaming traffic in the Philippines to ease network congestion

To recall, millions are currently staying at home because of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine to prevent the further spread of the deadly COVID-19 disease.

This has led to an increase in bandwidth demand as most are heavily relying on the internet for both work and entertainment. Netflix is one of the most popular "stream on-demand" platforms for entertainment.

The likely effect of this is a downgrade in streaming quality. But, Netflix said that freeing up the bandwidth will not be felt by consumers since it is more of a "back-end engineering process".

Netflix subscribers will still get what they have subscribed to, but streaming will be limited.

The company believes that this will provide significant relief to the congested network in the Philippines for the next 30 days.

Given the crisis, we've developed a way to reduce Netflix' traffic on telecommunications networks by 25 percent while also maintaining the quality of our services, Netflix vice president for Content Delivery Ken Florance said in a blog post.

We believe that this will provide significant relief to congested network and will be deploying it in the Philippines for the next 30 days, he said.

What do you guys think?

Source: ABS-CBN
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