Netflix has reacted by lowering quality for customers, but so far many haven’t seemed to care or notice. There has been no announcement for similar programs in the United States.
A few of them include entertainment companies with catalogs of TV shows and films, like YouTube, Netflix, and other services. While perhaps in a normal spring, many consumers may be tuning in to watch live baseball, the NCAA tournament, the middle 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, individuals are turning more than ever to watch on-demand titles.
Estimates suggest that services such as Netflix have seen somewhere between 20-40% gains in usage. The effect has been big 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. While so much most consumers haven’t noticed any type of nationwide slowdown to their web, if increases in demand continue to grow, it’s a risk.
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One thing that will want to follow along with will be the fallout from quarantine in the entertainment industry. Production has stopped and furloughed staff working on new content during the outbreak to ensure the protection of crews and celebrities. The direct effects of this probably won’t be felt for months, when their initial schedules won’t be released on by many of the shows and films that would be worked on today.
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