Live Video Streaming Impacts of Climate Change

New threat from Live Video Streaming to climate change. Yes, Live streaming and google searches are also causes of changes in climate. 30 million emissions of CO2 in 2018.

A google search can emit carbon between 0.2 to 7 grams. Day by day the trend of video streaming increases in the world and due to being original and new content people love to watch it. But we are from the dark side of this craze.

yes, here is also a dark side of video streaming and using of internet. This platform is always in demand due to not share its content with anyone.

But according to recent research continuously watching videos on streaming services harms the environment around us. Experts predicted live video streaming is a new threat to climate change.

According to a report, we emit carbon as much as by driving a vehicle up to six kilometers as much as it gets from watching half an hour video by online streaming.

Carbon Emits in 2018:

The research institute of France has been reported in shift project that in last year (2018) online video streaming emitted as much carbon as occurs in Spain throughout the year. And in the next 6 years, it will be 2 times today.

The highest part is probably 34 percent of live streaming from NETFLIX, AMAZON PRIME, and HULU. And Netflix continues to be expended all over the world. Company’s global streaming Subscriptions revenue between the year 2017 and 2918 have increased by 53 percent. And users spending 6 times more time in video streaming.

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Some Causes of CO2 Emissions

Garry cook from Institue Greenpeace the institute who keeps eye on energy harnessing of  IT Sectors says that digital videos come in very large file sizes.

As the video quality is better, their size is also getting bigger. Most of the energy required for streaming services are used by the data center.

Which delivers data to a computer or device. According to an article in Nature magazine, such data centers account for 0.3% of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions.

Which is expected to grow more with time. Meanwhile, the size of the devices used to watch videos has steadily increased. According to a report by the Natural Resource Defense Council, a 4K resolution screen uses about 30% more energy than a high-definition screen.

Can Reduce Emissions Like This

Datacenter specialist Dell Surter of the US Department of Energy claims that improving IT and data center equipment is necessary to keep energy consumption intact for the next 10 years. Experts suggested that viewers should watch the live video in a lower definition on WiFi by disabling the autoplay mode. Along with this, he told that watching live video in 3G on mobile is the most dangerous.

Trust on OTT Services

Urban customers have switched to over-the-top services instead of DTH or cable. Video streaming platforms like MX Player, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Hotstar are now being liked by subscribers.

MX players have the highest 21 percent customer base in India, followed by 15 percent by Amazon and 14-14 percent by Netflix and Hotstar.

After this, Amazon has 15 percent and Netflix and Hotstar have 14 percent customer base. Zee Entertainment’s G5 app, Star India’s Hotstar and Sony’s Sony Liv OTT Services are also impacting the DTH subscriber base.

A TRAI report has revealed that the average active subscriber base of DTH service was about 7.2 million users in the first quarter of January-March this year.

It saw a 25 percent decline till the quarter ended June 30 and there are about 54 million active DTH subscribers left.

One of the reasons behind the subscriber decline from DTH is that it is also believed that the new broadcasting rule implemented by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is not coming up.

Spending more time on video streaming:

Since the advent of over-the-top (OTT) platforms, the number of television viewers has decreased in all countries of the world. Digital content consumption is also increasing rapidly in India as people no longer need to sit in front of the TV in the drawing-room for favorite shows, serials or movies.

They can now watch any show/serial/movie/news anywhere, anytime with the help of OTT platforms

Report says-

According to industry data, viewers watched up to 100 billion minutes of online content a week five years ago, which has now increased to 600 billion minutes per week.

That is, they are now spending six times more time on OTT platforms. During this time, both smartphones and data have become cheap. Earlier 40 million mobiles only supported OTT.

Now, this number has increased to 100 crores. This has led to a rapid increase in the popularity of OTT platforms. At the same time, according to the figures of the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC), TV has access to only 66% of India i.e. about 19.7 crore households.

Major carbon-emitting countries

According to a study done by the Global Carbon Project, China has the highest carbon emissions in the world. China accounts for 27 percent of the total carbon emissions in the world.

It is followed by the United States (15 percent) and the European Union (10 percent) in third place. India (seven percent) is at number four. These four places account for 58 percent of the world’s total emissions. The rest of the world emits 42 percent of the total.

Carbon Emissions: Fact and Figure

  • A Google search emits between 0.2 grams and 7 grams of carbon, 7 grams is enough in which you can boil a kettle tea.
  • 04% of the emissions in the world are due to digital technology, it is more than the smoke released in the entire civil aviation sector in the world.
  • Digital technology expected to emit up to 08 percent by 2025 300 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions in 2018 from online video


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