YouTube is throttling video quality to standard definition for all videos you stream from its massive service for about a month, no matter where you are in the world, the Google-owned company said Tuesday. It's the latest measure aiming to minimize the strain on worldwide networks as people turn to the internet as a source of crucial information and diversion in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.
Given the global nature of this crisis, YouTube will expand its decision to default video streaming to standard definition globally starting Tuesday, YouTube said in a statement. The measure will last about 30 days. The service had already put that rule into effect last week in the European Union, as well as in the UK and Switzerland.