While YouTube pushes more and more on the concept of High DefinitionBy downgrading 720p to the standard definition rank, Google re-evaluates the importance of SD content within its Chrome browser.
This change of pace was identified in version 86, which will only reach the stable channel between September and October, where there is a new mode that allows you to force the display of movies in SD format. The mode is called LiteVideos and it seems that it can be activated on almost all versions of the browser – desktop and mobile (even if iOS is not mentioned).
The function simulates the presence of a connection with a reduced data band, forcing the video services to offer the SD version of the contents proposed in order to reduce data consumption. The utility of LiteVideos is therefore given exclusively by the context in which it operates; this mode can be very convenient if you are connected to a consumption data connection, therefore limiting the bandwidth available for videos becomes crucial.
It can also be useful in situations where it is necessary to avoid that excessive use of video streaming services can lead to congestion of the network, as happened in the early quarantine phases, even if in this case the user must be activate it to limit yourself.