Due to the ongoing surge in India to eradicate the spread of COVID-19, recently many telecom operators asked streaming services providers to limit their video quality to SD because of exponential growth in online traffic as people need to stay at home. So to provide stable services to healthcare, banking, education, business and other Digital Streaming companies in India took a stand and lowered the content video quality.
Many company’s like Netflix, Star & Disney India, Amazon Prime Video, Sony, Google, Facebook, Viacom18, Tiktok, Zee, MX Player, Hotstar have already started decreasing their quality of the video to only 480p bitrates on cellular networks. Even Youtube has set its streaming content to 480p by default for cellular data and HD. While the streaming on mobile data is limited to the normal quality, users can still view HD content when connected to Wi-Fi and there will be no restrictions for the same.
As per the statement directed by the government of India, these measures might take place till we complete the 21days lockdown period which will be ending on 14th April 2020 but it seems that these measures may continue further till the COVID-19 outbreak gets to an end.