The move is a response to a request from the European Union government. Disney Chairman of Direct-to-Consumer & International Kevin Mayer confirmed the news. He states ““In anticipation of high consumer demand for Disney+, we are proactively instituting measures to lower our overall bandwidth utilization by at least 25% in all of the markets launching Disney+ on March 24th.”
The EU was concerned with the strain on communications networks due to many people staying home during the Coronavirus quarantine. Netflix also agreed to lower their bandwidth usage for the next 30 days.
Mayer also announced the debut of Disney Plus in France has been delayed. He affirms: “To our French fans, the Disney+ service is coming, but at the request of the French government, we have agreed to postpone the launch until Tuesday, 7 April 2020.”