Disney+ will launch with reduced bandwidth and delay its French release by two weeks in an attempt to minimise its impact on the internet.

The streaming service is scheduled to go live across Europe this week. But fears about the impact on the internet from online video and other services that use substantial amounts of data have led it to alter the rollout.

It will cut the video quality to use at least 25 per cent bandwidth, Disney said. It could reduce it further if internet providers suffer.

Download the new Independent Premium app

Sharing the full story, not just the headlines

Download now

The French release will also be staggered by two weeks in response to a request from the government.

The measures come as many other streaming services – including Netflix, Amazon Prime and YouTube – have all committed to reduce the quality of their streaming videos in an attempt to preserve bandwidth and keep internet connections stable, as people are forced to work from home to limit the spread of coronavirus.

Read more

The Walt Disney Company’s chairman of direct-to-consumer and international Kevin Mayer said the decision to cut the quality of videos on its new service was made in response to a request from the European Commission.

Disney+ will be home to films and shows from Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic, as well as Disney, when it launches in the UK on Tuesday.

It comes after Netflix said it would temporarily reduce the quality of videos on its platform to ease pressure on internet service providers during the coronavirus outbreak.

Mr Mayer 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 utilisation by at least 25% in all of the markets launching Disney+ on March 24.

leftCreated with Sketch.
rightCreated with Sketch.

1/25 Gun-toting humanoid robot sent into space

Russia has launched a humanoid robot into space on a rocket bound for the International Space Station (ISS). The robot Fedor will spend 10 days aboard the ISS practising skills such as using tools to fix issues onboard. Russia’s deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin has previously shared videos of Fedor handling and shooting guns at a firing range with deadly accuracy.

Dmitry Rogozin/Twitter

2/25 Google turns 21

Google celebrates its 21st birthday on September 27. The The search engine was founded in September 1998 by two PhD students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, in their dormitories at California’s Stanford University. Page and Brin chose the name google as it recalled the mathematic term ‘googol’, meaning 10 raised to the power of 100

Google

3/25 Hexa drone lifts off

Chief engineer of LIFT aircraft Balazs Kerulo demonstrates the company’s “Hexa” personal drone craft in Lago Vista, Texas on June 3 2019

Reuters

4/25 Project Scarlett to succeed Xbox One

Microsoft announced Project Scarlett, the successor to the Xbox One, at E3 2019. The company said that the new console will be 4 times as powerful as the Xbox One and is slated for a release date of Christmas 2020

Getty

5/25 First new iPod in four years

Apple has announced the new iPod Touch, the first new iPod in four years. The device will have the option of adding more storage, up to 256GB

Apple

6/25 Folding phone may flop

Samsung will cancel orders of its Galaxy Fold phone at the end of May if the phone is not then ready for sale. The $2000 folding phone has been found to break easily with review copies being recalled after backlash

PA

7/25 Charging mat non-starter

Apple has cancelled its AirPower wireless charging mat, which was slated as a way to charge numerous apple products at once

AFP/Getty

8/25 “Super league” India shoots down satellite

India has claimed status as part of a “super league” of nations after shooting down a live satellite in a test of new missile technology

EPA

9/25 5G incoming

5G wireless internet is expected to launch in 2019, with the potential to reach speeds of 50mb/s

Getty

10/25 Uber halts driverless testing after death

Uber has halted testing of driverless vehicles after a woman was killed by one of their cars in Tempe, Arizona. March 19 2018

Getty

11/25

A humanoid robot gestures during a demo at a stall in the Indian Machine Tools Expo, IMTEX/Tooltech 2017 held in Bangalore

Getty

12/25

A humanoid robot gestures during a demo at a stall in the Indian Machine Tools Expo, IMTEX/Tooltech 2017 held in Bangalore

Getty

13/25

Engineers test a four-metre-tall humanoid manned robot dubbed Method-2 in a lab of the Hankook Mirae Technology in Gunpo, south of Seoul, South Korea

Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty

14/25

Engineers test a four-metre-tall humanoid manned robot dubbed Method-2 in a lab of the Hankook Mirae Technology in Gunpo, south of Seoul, South Korea

Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty

15/25

The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie ‘Avatar’ and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company

Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty

16/25

Engineers test a four-metre-tall humanoid manned robot dubbed Method-2 in a lab of the Hankook Mirae Technology in Gunpo, south of Seoul, South Korea

Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty

17/25

Waseda University’s saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi

Rex

18/25

Waseda University’s saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session

Rex

19/25

A test line of a new energy suspension railway resembling the giant panda is seen in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China

Reuters

20/25

A test line of a new energy suspension railway, resembling a giant panda, is seen in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China

Reuters

21/25

A concept car by Trumpchi from GAC Group is shown at the International Automobile Exhibition in Guangzhou, China

Rex

22/25

A Mirai fuel cell vehicle by Toyota is displayed at the International Automobile Exhibition in Guangzhou, China

Reuters

23/25

A visitor tries a Nissan VR experience at the International Automobile Exhibition in Guangzhou, China

Reuters

24/25

A man looks at an exhibit entitled ‘Mimus’ a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London

Getty

25/25

A new Israeli Da-Vinci unmanned aerial vehicle manufactured by Elbit Systems is displayed during the 4th International conference on Home Land Security and Cyber in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv

Getty

1/25 Gun-toting humanoid robot sent into space

Russia has launched a humanoid robot into space on a rocket bound for the International Space Station (ISS). The robot Fedor will spend 10 days aboard the ISS practising skills such as using tools to fix issues onboard. Russia’s deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin has previously shared videos of Fedor handling and shooting guns at a firing range with deadly accuracy.

Dmitry Rogozin/Twitter

2/25 Google turns 21

Google celebrates its 21st birthday on September 27. The The search engine was founded in September 1998 by two PhD students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, in their dormitories at California’s Stanford University. Page and Brin chose the name google as it recalled the mathematic term ‘googol’, meaning 10 raised to the power of 100

Google

3/25 Hexa drone lifts off

Chief engineer of LIFT aircraft Balazs Kerulo demonstrates the company’s “Hexa” personal drone craft in Lago Vista, Texas on June 3 2019

Reuters

4/25 Project Scarlett to succeed Xbox One

Microsoft announced Project Scarlett, the successor to the Xbox One, at E3 2019. The company said that the new console will be 4 times as powerful as the Xbox One and is slated for a release date of Christmas 2020

Getty

5/25 First new iPod in four years

Apple has announced the new iPod Touch, the first new iPod in four years. The device will have the option of adding more storage, up to 256GB

Apple

6/25 Folding phone may flop

Samsung will cancel orders of its Galaxy Fold phone at the end of May if the phone is not then ready for sale. The $2000 folding phone has been found to break easily with review copies being recalled after backlash

PA

7/25 Charging mat non-starter

Apple has cancelled its AirPower wireless charging mat, which was slated as a way to charge numerous apple products at once

AFP/Getty

8/25 “Super league” India shoots down satellite

India has claimed status as part of a “super league” of nations after shooting down a live satellite in a test of new missile technology

EPA

9/25 5G incoming

5G wireless internet is expected to launch in 2019, with the potential to reach speeds of 50mb/s

Getty

10/25 Uber halts driverless testing after death

Uber has halted testing of driverless vehicles after a woman was killed by one of their cars in Tempe, Arizona. March 19 2018

Getty

11/25

A humanoid robot gestures during a demo at a stall in the Indian Machine Tools Expo, IMTEX/Tooltech 2017 held in Bangalore

Getty

12/25

A humanoid robot gestures during a demo at a stall in the Indian Machine Tools Expo, IMTEX/Tooltech 2017 held in Bangalore

Getty

13/25

Engineers test a four-metre-tall humanoid manned robot dubbed Method-2 in a lab of the Hankook Mirae Technology in Gunpo, south of Seoul, South Korea

Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty

14/25

Engineers test a four-metre-tall humanoid manned robot dubbed Method-2 in a lab of the Hankook Mirae Technology in Gunpo, south of Seoul, South Korea

Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty

15/25

The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie ‘Avatar’ and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company

Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty

16/25

Engineers test a four-metre-tall humanoid manned robot dubbed Method-2 in a lab of the Hankook Mirae Technology in Gunpo, south of Seoul, South Korea

Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty

17/25

Waseda University’s saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi

Rex

18/25

Waseda University’s saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session

Rex

19/25

A test line of a new energy suspension railway resembling the giant panda is seen in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China

Reuters

20/25

A test line of a new energy suspension railway, resembling a giant panda, is seen in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China

Reuters

21/25

A concept car by Trumpchi from GAC Group is shown at the International Automobile Exhibition in Guangzhou, China

Rex

22/25

A Mirai fuel cell vehicle by Toyota is displayed at the International Automobile Exhibition in Guangzhou, China

Reuters

23/25

A visitor tries a Nissan VR experience at the International Automobile Exhibition in Guangzhou, China

Reuters

24/25

A man looks at an exhibit entitled ‘Mimus’ a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London

Getty

25/25

A new Israeli Da-Vinci unmanned aerial vehicle manufactured by Elbit Systems is displayed during the 4th International conference on Home Land Security and Cyber in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv

Getty

“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.”

Disney+ will launch in the UK on March 24.

Additional reporting by agencies



Source link