No, your eyesight hasn’t suddenly deteriorated.
Starting today, YouTube began shifting the default play settings
on all its videos to standard definition. The decision, confirmed
to Mashable over email, is in response to possible bandwidth strain
as more and more people self-isolate to slow the spread of the
The move follows a
similar announcement late last week focused solely on Europe.
As was the case then, this change does not prevent people from
watching YouTube videos in higher definition, but rather simply
alters the setting on which they autoplay.
“We continue to work closely with governments and network
operators around the globe to do our part to minimize stress on the
system during this unprecedented situation,” a Google spokesperson
told Mashable over email.