No, it’s not your imagination. The coronavirus has hit your Netflix connection.

With so many Canadians in lockdown and self-isolation, many of us are turning to Netflix to help pass the time. (Have you seen Tiger King yet? That’s nuts!) Usage is up buy as much as 25%, which is putting a great strain on networks.

To make sure Netflix users don’t break the internet, the company has throttled things back by 25%. The good news is that even with the lower bandwidth streams, we should still see programming in whatever quality we’re paying for.

Well, mostly. If you’re one of the relatively few customers who shell out for the 4K plan, nothing too much will change, although you might notice a difference. If you’re getting HD and standard-def service, you’ll be fine.

How long will this last? At least 30 days after which time Netflix will evaluate things.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to start bingeing Babylon Berlin.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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