Disney+ has confirmed plans to lift restrictions on its streaming bandwidth to boost picture quality ahead of the arrival of two of the most eagerly-anticipated titles coming to the services this year: Frozen II and Hamilton, which was brought forward an entire calendar year as theatres across the world remain shut due to strict social distancing rules.
Disney+ squeezed the amount of bandwidth available to subscribers to reduce the strain on broadband networks as countries across Europe and the rest of the world went into lockdown. And it wasn’t alone in taking this decision to reduce streaming quality. This followed similar moves from YouTube, Netflix, Prime Video and Apple TV+ amid concerns that broadband infrastructures might not be able to cope as millions of people remained at home to work, study, and yes, binge hours and hours of classic animated Walt Disney movies, Pixar and Marvel films.
YouTube, Netflix, Prime Video and Apple TV+ have also eased restrictions as people return to work and broadband infrastructures were proven to be able to cope with the increased demand. And now Disney+ will also remove restrictions.
Unlike Netflix, Disney+ includes Ultra HD streaming at no extra cost.