Suffering a video quality decrease would seem a small price to pay for not causing further problems, and perhaps once this is all over, or at least we've stopped flying by the seats of our pants, we can see if people should receive refunds of a few dollars a month.
I'm far more worried about my mum than whether TV is SD for a month during a global pandemic.
Fuck me people are ridiculous at times.
I mean we've had a lot of slippery slopes recently, things like the government Demanding access to location data. I never agreed to share this information with my government. I did not agree to have my ISP or Google or etc to share this data.
This stupid selfish attitude is not helping. Netflix will probably issue a statement that they will refund all those affected. And if you don't like it, downgrade! You probably have plenty of time if this is an issue for you.
Being empathetic to these measures is the right call, although I do find that much more important for brick & mortar businesses than Netflix.
It is not about being selfish here, think more about it.
Saying "Internet infrastructure can't handle the current load, we have to restrict service" is fine, but you would expect them to do right by the customer. Not announce the cuts via national news outlets, see how much backlash they get and then decide if they should make concessions to their paying customers.
thus reducing the quality for people that PAY for that quality without reducing their invoice is basically a scam.
especially because of the pandemic people are short on money.
of course people could just downgrade their subscription, unfortunatly some people are not that tech savy as others, so they do not even know what the news is about.
Give them some time! They just decided this.
Times a million or 10 or 50.
Add to that the 25% savings on internet egress, which last I checked was still how commercial internet is financed.
The cost of actually providing the content to the consumers is on the ISP which hosts an Open Connect box.
It's amazing how wonderfully liberal and thoughtful people are with other people's money.
I'd like to sell you a subscription service if you're interested?