Building on the existing “Lite Mode”, Google recently brought new “Lite Video” support to the Android Chrome browser. As a complement to Lite Mode, allowing low-resolution streaming video to be played saves users more data. The features are also available for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS.
According to official instructions, Lite Video is a data-saving optimization that simulates low bandwidth conditions by reducing streaming response, allowing adaptive MSE players to play at lower resolution and consume less data.
The Lite Video feature needs to be enabled on Chrome 86 or later, allowing streaming to be played at the lowest possible resolution. The Lite Video feature is turned off when users reload, move forward, and backward.
In the Chrome Canary Channel version, experimental Flag that enforces Lite Video is already available:
The former flags “enable LiteVideo optimization to limit media requests to reduce data usage” and the latter forces “allowing LiteVideo decisions on each navigation.”