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Covid19 Internet Blackout

Netflix and YouTube have both taken actions in order to help with a possible covid19 internet blackout in Europe. It seems that while staying at home it is the best action we can take in order to protect ourselves and our health system from the Covid19, coronavirus 2019 pandemic, internet is suffering because of an unprecedented high in volume traffic. A lot of people watch Netflix and YouTube, which let’s face it, it’s a great way to distract ourselves and spent an enjoyable time while confined to home.

Covid19 Internet Traffic Impact

It is calculated that the impact on the internet traffic has been increased by 60% due to the novel coronavirus. And since Europe is right now the epicenter of this pandemic, it’s the first to suffer from this as well. Of course such an increase, or even bigger, is also expected in the USA because of the pandemic.

Netflix First To Respond For Covid19 Internet Blackout

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Netflix responded quickly to the urge by the European Union, in order to help internet functioning normally and in order to avoid any blackouts by reducing by 25% the bandwidth of their streaming services. That is not by cutting any content from it’s huge library but by reducing the bitrate of the actual stream. This change should not affect the overall quality, at least to most users. Netflix will automatically detect which quality settings are recommended for you. Then will try to match it as better as possible. That is of course already happening. Netflix is streaming in quality according to your internet speed, but this move will take it a step further. Personally I haven’t had a bad experience with the service, the video and audio quality seems great as always. This action by Netflix will last for the next 30 days in the European Union.

YouTube Taking Action Against Covid19 Internet Blackout

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Also YouTube responded but with a different approach. For all european viewers at the moment the default, suggested quality is in SD. Although as YouTube mentioned, they only some some peaks, nothing really that noticeable, they’ve decided to do something anyway. “We are making a commitment to temporarily switch all traffic in the EU to standard definition by default” YouTube EU said in a statement. Of course the user have still the option to change the quality of the stream but nevertheless that seems to already have made a big difference.

European Union Initiative

Earlier this week, EU industry chief Thierry Breton urged streaming platforms to cut the quality of their videos to prevent internet overload. And as we all know, video streaming services account for a substantial part of internet traffic data. On his Twitter account:

EU ISPs Internet Spikes

A lot of internet service providers across Europe have already noticed a spike on their services bandwidth. Some countries, like Luxemburg urge their companies to avoid video confecering and opt for the less bandwidth-hungry audio conference instead. For now, everything seems under control and this is just a precaution so we can avoid a Covid19 internet blackout.

Netflix switches to the new AV1 video codec in its Android app, which the company claims compresses video 20 percent more efficiently than the VP9 codec it currently uses. The company says the codec can be enabled now for “selected titles” by enabling the “Save Data” option, although it doesn’t detail exactly which titles are supported. Eventually, Netflix says it plans to roll out AV1 on all its platforms, and is working with device and chipset manufacturers to broaden compatibility. The VP9 codec currently is used by most streaming services as for example YouTube. But also YouTube is now offering the AV1 codec for specific qualities too, you can find the setting by clicking here.

What Is The AV1 codec

In other words, with the transition to the newest codec AV1, you will enjoy the same quality but spending less data, a life saver especially for mobile devices that use mobile data. Also major benefit for those Netflix users that have a slower connection. Also on the 4K UHD streams the data compression is impressive and this will be appreciated by users even more. With AV1, the alliance promises it can deliver 4K UHD video using 30 percent less data. The AV1 codec is a result of a major giants in the sector of streaming including Google, Netflix, Amazon and Apple.

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Where Is AV1 Available Right Now

For now, you can get enjoy the benefits of the AV1 codec on Netflix only in the Android app. But as it happened in the past with the VP9 codec, the predecessor of AV1, the upgrade will happen gradually to every device and to the whole Netflix library. After all, the library needs to be converted to the new format.

The Downsides Of The AV1

It is said that the new codec needs more powerful devices. That is maybe also the reason of this gradual upgrade. While this may not be a concern to a lot of users, another thing we need to consider is to a possible elevated battery consumption to our mobile devices. Since the new option has just been rolled out, we will need some time to make a safe conclusion but for now it seems the battery is affected a little to none.

Wow, just wow! You guys rock… 111.000 of you – 111.000 thank you! I think it is time to give back something as well so stay tuned. Another giveaway is coming.

I have been actively making content on YouTube for the past 2 and a half years but honestly, never thought it would go this far. And I mean it’s kind of crazy how many subscribers trusted me with their vote of confidence, by following me daily on this adventure over on YouTube and lately also on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit and Instagram. I love you guys so much for all the help and support you have given me on these past years. When not only happy moments but also sad and stressful events happened. It may sound a little cheesy but I feel you like a part of my family. A huge family but full with mutual love and respect.

Having such a big family – or audience if you prefer – brings also responsibilities. I know some people hate it that I do not always answer to emails, comments and messages. But please try to understand that even if I want to, it is really hard for me to keep up with everyone. I am just one person that creates videos, does research for new content, tests at least 5 devices a week, designs and maintains a website and all my social media accounts as well. I receive more than 50 emails a day. At days these are so much more that I can’t keep up with everyone. I hope you really understand, it never means that I do not care, just that I didn’t make it because of the limited time.

Also with a big following I try to produce content that you all would like. My main objective of course has always been making videos that I would watch as well. But at times I can’t please everyone with every single video. I really hope that you guys will continue to give me feedback so I can better understand your needs and likes and bring you even better content. And even if I do not reply to every single comment under my videos, I always read them. All of them.

Lately my editing skills have also improved, I hope you guys noticed it. I do not want to just hit record, save and upload. I try to keep the juicy part of each video, improving the video and audio quality and deliver the message of each video with a pleasant, funny way. I found out that being myself, my silly self, is better not just for you that watch it but for me too. Some people may do not get it, other may hate it or insult me but, oh well, it is what it is. The guy you see on video is the guy I really am and I feel that being myself is the only way to have a sincere, healthy relationship.

I also need your help, I need some YouTube channel moderators. I will only start with a few, most trusted circle of people so you know who you are, just let me know if you want to be actively part of this community. Moderators would help a lot keeping the comment section clean by removing spam content or hateful, irrelevant content in our discussion. And to broaden things up, I also will need some moderators for my website and Facebook group. So also please let me know if you are interested.

Next up is the upcoming giveaway. I will also make it as crystal-clear as possible. I will have it on the Gleam.io website so no-one can be suspicious about it’s legitimacy. But more on that on the following days where I will also announce the prizes that I will include.

Thank you once again for all the love and support and BOOM SHAKALAKA BABY!!!

 

 

My or better say our YouTube channel is towards the amazing amount of 80.000 subscribers! We have gone a long-long way for just less than 2 years of this fantastic journey and I feel really blessed to share my passion with you guys daily through all the possible social media. Of course YouTube is the main reason everything started and will continue to be my highest priority. To every single one of you that made it happen, whether you are subscribed or just watch my videos, I feel to share my gratitude and a huge THANK YOU!

For most people may not seem much but for me it means the world. I will continue with the same if not even more passion to share any insights, reviews, tips and news with you guys and girls. And I am planning for a new giveaway really soon but will try to make it big. Not as big as I would like since I think I should give back to every each one of you but I will try my best!

Boom Shakalaka Baby!

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