YouTube videos will default to standard definition for the next month

by Daniel Payne · Mar 24th, 2020 1:11 pm
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YouTube videos will default to standard definition for the next month, the company confirmed this week, an effort aimed at reducing bandwith usage during the height of the coronavirus lockdowns.

Internet activity has been sharply up since numerous economic and societal lockdowns have gone into place, as more people are quarantined at home and turn to the internet for diversion.

YouTube said it is hoping that its default to lower-quality video will help "minimize stress on the system during this unprecedented situation." Users can still select high-definition video on their own for the time being.


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