We are currently in a global pandemic affecting dozens of countries, including Spain. Coronavirus has spread rapidly and users are consuming more bandwidth due to confinement. Some companies like YouTube have lowered their transmission quality .
In addition, YouTube plans that the default setting of all videos SD (standard definition) is also known as 480p in Europe. easily changed from application settings.
YouTube Downsize Video Quality to 480p Due to Coronavirus
YouTube will implement this standard in all parts of the world for one month to throttle Internet bandwidth. Obviously there will be after that month an extension is possible.
This means that if you want to watch a video a fplay from the Google platform, the content will be displayed in SD (480p), but you can still manually choose to increase the resolution if you wish. This must be done for every video. That is why YouTube is betting that many people will not go through that procedure to increase the resolution and therefore this measure will ease the pressure on ISPs.
This increase in bandwidth is due to millions of people now working from home, so they have plenty of time to consume their favorite content or discover new ones.
Despite this social isolation, the global Internet network is uninterrupted and continues to function normally. Rather, it appears to be a preventive measure for the months it will take to resolve the pandemic.