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Philippines asks Netflix to drop streaming quality to ease congestion

Company vows to reduce traffic on telecom networks by 25%

With 60 million Filipinos in self-isolation since last week, many are turning to streaming services such as Netflix to help pass the time. (Source photo by Reuters) 

MANILA -- The Philippine government has asked Netflix to lower its streaming bitrate to ease data congestion during the month-long lockdown aimed at limiting coronavirus infections.

Nearly 60 million Filipinos have been in self-isolation since last week in compliance with "enhanced community quarantine" measures, forcing many to turn to social media and online streaming services to help pass the time.

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