Mar 23, 2020 04:00 PM EST

Disney Plus Announces Bandwidth Reduction

Disney Plus Announces Bandwidth Reduction

Disney+ has announced that they will be cutting back on their bandwidth for the future opening of some markets that are opening on March 24.

In a statement released from the Chairman of Direct-to-Consumer & International at the Walt Disney Co., Kevin Mayer, this was said:

"In line with Disney's longstanding commitment to act responsibly, we are responding to the request of European Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton to work together to ensure the smooth functioning of the broadband infrastructure. In anticipation of high consumer demand for Disney+, we are proactively instituting measures to lower our overall bandwidth utilization by at least 25% in all of the markets launching Disney+ on March 24th. In the coming days, we will be monitoring Internet congestion and working closely with Internet service providers to further reduce bitrates as necessary to ensure they are not overwhelmed by consumer demand. We look forward to the launch of Disney+ and hope it will provide a much-needed respite for families in these challenging and trying times."

He went on to add, "To our French fans, the Disney+ service is coming, but at the request of the French government, we have agreed to postpone the launch until Tuesday, 7 April 2020."

Thierry Breton, The European Union's Internal Market and Services Commissioner, said, "Streaming platforms, telecom operators and users, we all have a joint responsibility to take steps to ensure the smooth functioning of the internet during the battle against the virus propagation."


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