With Disney Plus’ launch in Europe approaching next week, the bandwidth is set to be reduced by 25 percent due to the coronavirus lockdowns.
The coronavirus outbreak is affecting people all around the world and causing temporary lockdowns. This has naturally led to many people using streaming services to pass the time. Netflix recently revealed that they would be limiting the video quality for the next month to prevent an internet crash.
Disney Plus is finally set to make its long-awaited debut in Europe next week, but it has now been revealed by Disney’s Chairman of Direct-to-Consumer & International Kevin Mayer that there will be a 25 percent reduction is bandwidth:
“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 utilization by at least 25% in all of the markets launching Disney+ on March 24th. 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.”
It was also announced that Disney Plus’ launch in France will be delayed to next month:
“To our French fans, the Disney+ service is coming, but at the request of the French government, we have agreed to postpone the launch until Tuesday, 7 April 2020.”
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Here is the official synopsis for The Mandalorian:
After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.
The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog, and Nick Nolte. The Star Wars series was written by Jon Favreau, who also serves as an executive producer alongside Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson. Karen Gilchrist is also on board as a co-executive producer.
The Mandalorian will premiere March 24th on Disney Plus in European markets.