Netflix is working to restore streaming quality in various European countries following government requests for the company to reduce bandwidth usage out of fear that it was putting too much stress on broadband connections.
People in Denmark, Norway, Germany, and other countries reported noticing an uptick in streaming bitrate, according to FlatpanelsHD. Netflix confirmed to the website that it is “working with ISPs to help increase capacity.”
“In the last month alone we have added four times the normal capacity,” a spokesperson told FlatpanelsHD. “As conditions improve we will lift these limitations.”
European Union industry chief Thierry Breton originally called on streaming platforms — including Netflix and YouTube — to help reduce their load on infrastructure used around the continent. Netflix agreed to reduce bitrates on its streams for 30 days, estimating that the move would reduce “Netflix traffic on European networks by around 25 percent,” a spokesperson told The Verge in March.