Netflix has responded in Europe by lowering quality for most consumers, but so far many haven’t seemed to care or notice. There has been no statement for similar programs in the United States.
It’s obvious that certain services are the lifeblood of time-passing, as people count the days they’ve been stuck in their homes, isolated by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Estimates indicate that services like Netflix have seen somewhere between 20-40% gains in usage. The effect has been big enough that some have called 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 grow while so much consumers haven’t noticed any sort of slowdown for their web.
This entertainment option that is available and cheap has been the one thing people can reliably turn to and enjoy. And while nobody could have guessed that a series like’Tiger King’ would catapult to the forefront of everyone’s watch list, with each week titles joining the streaming services offer alternatives for the bored and isolated people.
A few of them include entertainment companies with huge catalogs of movies and TV shows, like YouTube, Netflix, along with other streaming services. While maybe in a normal spring, many consumers may be tuning in to watch live baseball, the NCAA championship, the center of the NBA season as it means that the playoffs and more, now without a live sport, and most states banning large public gatherings as their economies falter, people are turning more than ever to watch on-demand titles.
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1 thing which will be interested to follow along with will be the fallout from quarantine in the entertainment industry. Disney and other big entertainment studios furloughed staff working on content and have halted production during the outbreak to ensure the safety of stars and crews. The direct effects of this won’t be felt for months, when their initial schedules won’t be released on by many of the shows and movies that would be worked on today.