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YouTube cuts back default stream quality worldwide to keep governments happy

24 Mar 2020

Videos will automatically stream in standard definition starting next month.

After Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, Apple, and Disney all promised to reduce video quality in Europe, YouTube is extending that policy worldwide. For the next month, YouTube videos will stream in standard definition by default, Bloomberg reports. While users will still be able to stream in high definition, they’ll have to choose that option manually after playback begins.


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