Netflix will compress the data its streaming service consumes in a bid to reduce the congestion on the National Broadband Network caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Age reports from later tonight, Netflix will compress the bit rates of its streams to help telecommunications providers cope with high levels of demand, for the next 30 days.
Netflix says consumers will still get the quality they pay for – ultra-high, high or standard definition – but “if you are particularly tuned into video quality you may notice a very slight decrease in quality within each resolution”.
This follows similar moves in Europe as populations increase their internet usage. YouTube, Amazon, Apple and Disney all agreed to reduce bit rates in Europe, with Disney+ delaying their launch to March 24.
Netflix is the first to follow suit in Australia.