Earlier this month, YouTube reduced the quality of videos streamed on the platform to SD (Standard Definition) quality by default in Europe. This was done keeping in mind bandwidth constraints and to avoid straining the internet due to the surge in user count amid the coronavirus situation.

YouTube is now extending that move to users across the globe. YouTube videos will now play at SD quality by default – instead of HD or a higher resolution – to save bandwidth as more users come to the platform during the coronavirus lockdown.

However, users will still have the option to switch to a higher resolution if they want. YouTube joins Facebook, Instagram, Netflix, and Amazon Prime Video among other platforms that have recently reduced bitrate to keep the infrastructure from overloading due to traffic stress.

YouTube: Google Support

You May Also Like
Microsoft
Xbox Series X can apply HDR to older games and boost frame rates to 120fps
Classic games will also benefit from faster load times and resolution upscaling on the Xbox Series X, without changing any core gameplay element.
Pixel 4a XL leaks show what the phone looked like before it was canceled
The Pixel 4a XL leaks show dual rear cameras on the phone, fitted inside a module that looks almost identical to the one on Pixel 4.
Nokia Smart TV
43-inch Nokia Smart TV to launch in India on June 4 under Rs 34,000
It is likely to offer the same experience as the 55-inch model.