Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to cut quality down to save bandwidth

Facebook, Instagram and YouTube will be cutting their video qualities down to save bandwidth for users, amid the high traffic the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the websites.

Websites have experienced massive lag and crashes over the past two weeks, and tech giants are stepping up to ensure users get a quality experience overall but cutting down their video service quality.

This comes shortly after the Australian Government asked streaming services Netflix and Stan to reduce their respective data consumption by cutting down their bandwidth, as worries have mounted that the NBN would be strained with everybody working from home.

“We are committed to working with our partners to manage any bandwidth constraints during this period of heavy demand,” a Facebook spokesman said.

Facebook has not announced the video quality its service and Instagram will be dropped down to.

YouTube will drop its default video quality down to 480p globally. The option to increase quality will still be present, although upon accessing a YouTube video, 480p definition will be the default.

Getting the most out of working from home

You’ll probably be shacked up in your home office over the next week or more – so it’s now the best time to be keeping your internet plan in check, just to make sure you’re ready for anything when working from home.

It could be a good time to switch your connection – getting on top of changing your provider now means you won’t have to worry about it later, and over the pandemic period demand could soar. Depending on your work load, you could use a more heavy-duty connection. If you’re a homebody anyway or have a family, you could benefit from some extra perks. We did a deep-dive into the best working from home NBN plans that you can access here.

Using a Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50) should set you right for the time being, but if you’re expecting to do a lot of file transfers, video calls and downloading, it might be worth getting a bulkier connection. Here’s how you can understand the different speeds & names of NBN deals better.

Choosing the internet right plan

The following table shows a selection of published unlimited Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50) plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

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