Back in March, Netflix announced that the company will be reducing streaming quality in parts of Europe, Australia, India and some Latin American countries. The streaming giant took the decision to ensure that the network infrastructure was not overloaded as people were staying at home and almost everyone was relying on the internet to get things done.
Since countries around the world are now starting to open up, Netflix has decided to restore the streaming quality. According to Gizmodo UK, users in Denmark, Norway, and Germany have reported that the streaming quality is now back up to 4K and up to 15 Mb/s. Netflix has opted for a phased rollout to make sure they don’t end up overloading the infrastructure. The company told the aforementioned publication:
Please note, we are working with ISPs to help increase capacity. In the last month alone we have added four times the normal capacity. As conditions improve we will lift these limitations.
Netflix was not the only company that decided to reduce streaming quality worldwide. In March, companies including YouTube, Amazon and Apple reduced streaming quality worldwide to reduce the stress on the network and allow people to use the internet for important things.
Netflix has noted that it will be restoring the streaming quality everywhere soon, unless something goes wrong in which case we will have more important things to worry about than streaming Tiger King in 4K.