Disney+ to launch with reduced bitrates

Despite concerns over how streaming services are affecting internet load at a time many are working from home, Disney+ is still launching here on Tuesday, but with a sting in the tail.

Disney is the latest streamer to confirm its reducing video bitrates across Europe, following recent announcements from streamers including Netflix, Amazon Prime and YouTube.

The move is expected to cut load by 25%.

In a statement published today on the Disney website, Disney's Chairman, Direct-To-Consumer & International, Kevin 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 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.

Unlike other streamers, Disney wasn't going to charge users extra for HD or UHD access.