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Hey folks, 

As many of you know, a lot has changed in the last few weeks due to the impact of COVID-19. With schools and businesses being closed, many people are trying to juggle learning and working remotely, balancing job demands with personal time, and keeping in touch with friends and family virtually.

Amid these changes, we’re all straining local internet resources and causing slower internet connections, which are resulting in dropped video calls and frozen screens. To answer the global call to prioritize internet bandwidth for learning and working, in the next few days we'll be making changes to lighten internet usage and keep people connected.

We are changing the rotation speed of Ambient Mode photo slideshows on Chromecast and Displays, and slightly reducing the resolution of the images in those slideshows. These changes may not be noticeable, but we hope they will help improve internet speeds in your household and community. When internet resources are less inundated, we’ll return this setting back to its previous state.

This is one of the many ways Google is helping people stay safe, informed and connected. As always, thank you for being a part of the Google Nest family. Together we can help ensure there’s plenty of bandwidth to keep us all online and in touch during this unprecedented time.

Grace, Chromecast Team
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The old resolution of the chromecast slideshow was 1080p and will now be 720p?  Is it possible to change this manually by the chromecast user?  How many seconds was it and how many seconds now will each image remain in the slideshow before being exchanged for the next one?  I'm a Chromecast user and would like more details of what Google is going to do with my Chromecast!  We have that right. Thank you.
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The "experimental" Facebook images option in Ambient Mode (Chromecast) is not working. Is it part of the changes? Why not enabling us to switch AM off, then?
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Does it have something to do with my Google Home APP not able to access all of the chromecast enrolled on the same account? I have over 100 Chromecast in one account and the Google Home APP throws an error ("The operation couldn't be completed. (com.google.sso error -214.)
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"... we’re all straining local internet resources and causing slower internet connections" This simply isn't true and was already disproved by various ISPs around the world. The traffic stays approximately at the level of pre-covid evening peaks. If anyone's ISP sells more bandwidth than it can deliver, it's them who should fix their service. The solution definitely isn't to downgrade quality of various internet services for everyone on the planet.
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Not amused at all. People are streaming from Netflix. That is where the bottleneck exists. One friggin image rotating every minute to my Chromecast does not drag the internet down or my ISP.

What a bunch of crap!
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You should have enabled real local streaming. It is beyond my imagination why such functionality is not existing. That could have saved us from internet doom.
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When will it be returned to normal quality?  The reduced quality is definitely noticeable.
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Google please take note that many chromecast ultra owners have yet to receive the ability to show their photos in high resolution e.g. 4k in ambient mode. I hope you can fix this soon. It really looked like 720p and my photos from Google photos in ambient mode were pixelated. I have already submitted my dissatisfaction weeks ago.

We understand that you have to lower the resolution during this period though many of us bought the chromecast ultra for the ambient feature only to realise the resolution was way below our expectations (when displayed on our 4K TV)
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Is this why I can't cast Prime Video or Cineplex?  I can only cast Netflix and YouTube.   What is going on here?
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It's appears I'm a little late to the party but I have basically decided that I'm over the Chromecast, after a short 6 week (maybe?) stint.  I've had to factory reset it multiple times, it only sometimes decides to work anyway and I'm not encouraged by the things I'm seeing posted all over the internet.  My Firestick will be here mid-week and I'll just roll with that.  Maybe Amazon will be able to handle it better.  Thanks anyway.
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