Netflix is in overload amid the pandemic

Netflix has agreed to reduce the data it uses to stream movies and TV shows across Australia as more and more people are working from home due to the coronavirus shutdown. But what will it mean for your viewing habits while you’re staying at home?

In Australia (also New Zealand, Europe, India, Israel, Argentina and Chile) Netflix has agreed, for the next month, to reduce its traffic by 25% across its entire service, for ultra-high, high, or standard definition.

Netflix is doing this because internet service providers are concerned that video streaming, which accounts for a significant proportion of all internet traffic, will be up even more with everyone working from home.

At the moment it is largely a proactive move. In Australia, there hasn’t been a huge increase in capacity requirements – one ISP, Aussie Broadband, makes public its capacity use and the company has seen a small uptick in daily usage but has also ordered more capacity in order to meet that.

And in any case, NBN Co has offered internet service providers a 40% increase in capacity allowance for free for the next three months, which should help ease some of the capacity concerns.

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