Video platforms should prioritize content in standard definition
It is part of the Government’s measures to guarantee the provision of the telecommunications service during the quarantine.
The content in high definition and higher will still be available but will be the user’s choice.
The Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies (Mintic) indicated to the different platforms and video services over the Internet (such as Netflix, Youtube, etc.) that they should prioritize the transmission of standard definition content. (Also read The Digital Dangers of Remote Work)
The appeal seeks to guarantee the provision of the telecommunications service during the quarantine. It is part of the package of measures that the Government has taken during the State of Emergency.
However, the Mantic clarifies that the measure “means that priority should be given to the transmission of video content in a standard definition format, without limiting the user’s choice of higher definitions, by the conditions of access to the service in each particular case and, in no way, will it be understood as the possibility of blocking some type of content, except for those expressly prohibited by law”.
This means that the user can continue to access the high definition content, but may not see it highlighted when they enter the video platforms. However, the call is that citizens also contribute to this aspect to avoid saturating the network.
The Mint indicates that “the services of video reproduction on-demand over the Internet will be able to carry out all the actions that they consider pertinent to ensure access to the Internet for the entire population during the emergency. For example, lowering the bit rate to which the videos are transmitted”