Streaming Services Continue to See Boom Throughout COVID-19 Outbreak

This accessible and cheap entertainment option has become the one thing people can reliably turn to and enjoy. And while nobody could have figured a show like’Tiger King’ would catapult to the forefront of everyone’s watch list, with each week titles joining the streaming services offer options for the exhausted and isolated population.

Production has stopped and furloughed staff working on content during the outbreak to ensure the protection of crews and celebrities. The effects of this will not be felt for many months, when lots of the shows and films that would otherwise be worked on now will not release on their schedules.
As people count the days they have been stuck in their homes, isolated from the COVID-19 outbreak, it is obvious that certain services are the lifeblood of time-passing.
A few of these include entertainment companies with catalogs of TV shows and films, like YouTube Netflix, and other streaming services. While perhaps in a normal spring, many consumers may be tuning in to watch live baseball, the NCAA tournament, the center of this NBA season as it approaches the playoffs and more, now with no live sports, and most states banning large public gatherings as their economies falter, people are turning now more than ever to watch on-demand names.

Estimates suggest that services like Netflix have seen somewhere between 20-40% gains in usage. The effect has been large enough that some have called for Netflix to reduce overall quality a bit to make sure that we essentially do not run out of bandwidth during quarantine. It is a risk if increases in demand continue to rise, while so far most consumers have not noticed any sort of nationwide slowdown for their internet.
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By lowering video quality for customers netflix has responded, but so far many have not seemed to notice or care. There’s been no announcement for similar programs in america.

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